Aug. 25, 2015
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – Maya Jansen and Erin Routliffe defeated Yale’s Carol Finke and ReeRee Li in their first match at the US Open National Playoffs on Tuesday and are now just three victories shy of earning a wild card spot in the 2015 US Open.
Jansen and Routliffe took the opening set in dominant fashion, defeating Finke/Li, 6-0 to build an early cushion. In the second set, Finke/Li owned the momentum early, but Jansen and Routliffe battled back to erase deficits of 1-4 and 2-5 to claim the 6-0, 7-5 victory.
“They key for us was staying agressive,” said Routliffe. “We dictated the outcome in the first set but played a little passive in the early stages of the second. Once we settled in and played our style of tennis we able to get the outcome we wanted.”
The Alabama duo will now await their competitors in tomorrow afternoon’s match, as just eight teams remain with a spot in the US Open on the line. Matches will be played on consecutive days this week until the US Open berth is won on Friday.
“We are just taking it one match at a time,” said Jansen. “That’s our motto no matter what’s on the line. We did that throughout the regular season and during the NCAA doubles tournament – this is no different. The amount of support we have received from our fans back in Tuscaloosa has been amazing. We are honored to represent them and Alabama tennis on this stage.”
The sixth annual US Open National Playoffs has narrowed the field from thousands of competitors to just 32 singles players and 16 men’s doubles, women’s doubles and mixed doubles teams. All participants are at various stages of their playing careers, but all face an equal opportunity at a spot in the US Open.
The winner of the Women’s Doubles Championships at the US Open National Playoffs advances to the main draw of the US Open Women’s Doubles Championship, held Aug. 31-Sept. 13 at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center.
Jansen and Routliffe are coming off of their second consecutive NCAA Doubles Championship in 2015, as the duo became just the third doubles team in the history of NCAA women’s tennis to win back-to-back national titles. The All-American duo turned in an overall record of 32-4 in 2014-15, the most wins by a doubles pairing in the history of the Alabama women’s tennis program. Jansen and Routliffe own a two-year record of 57-8, already the third-best mark in UA women’s tennis history.
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