Aug. 26, 2015
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – Alabama duo Maya Jansen and Erin Routliffe advanced to the semifinals of the 2015 US Open National Playoffs with a 7-5, 6-2 victory over Liga Dekmeijere and Karina Traxler on Wednesday afternoon in New Haven, Connecticut. The two-time national champions are now just two victories shy of earning a wild card spot in the 2015 US Open.
For the second consecutive day, Jansen and Routliffe got off to a fast start by taking down the match’s opening set. The Crimson Tide duo jumped out to a 5-3 lead and held off a comeback effort by Dekmeijere/Traxler to win 7-5.
“It was important for us to gain momentum early and we were fortunate enough to do that,” said Jansen. “Today was a tough match, but we just focused on doing what we needed to do. They made it tough, but we locked in and were able to execute.”
Jansen and Routliffe took the first three games of the second set and owned a 5-1 lead before ultimatley winning the match by a final score of 6-2. The two-time national champions will await their competition for tomorrow’s match as Routliffe and Jansen are now just two victories shy of earning a wild card spot in the 2015 US Open.
“Maya and I really controled the pace of the match in the second set,” said Routliffe. “We played really well in the net and were happy with almost all of our serves. We are now just focused on tomorrow and excited to find out who advances in the draw.”
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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