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Florida's Alina Jidkova Upset in Final of US Open National Playoffs-Women's Chps.

August 2, 2010 09:42 AM
No. 2-seeded Alexandra Mueller of Abington, Penn., upset No. 1 Alina Jidkova of Boca Raton, Fla., 6-0, 6-3 on Sunday in Stanford, Calif., capturing the title at the inaugural US Open National Playoffs--Women's Championship and a wildcard into the US Open Qualifying Tournament.

In the Saturday semifinals Jidkova defeated No. 3 seed Brittany Augustine of Carson, Calif., 6-2, 6-7(5), 6-3, and Mueller defeated Boca Raton's Jessica Pegula 7-5, 2-6, 6-3.

The 6-foot-2 Mueller has now earned a place in the US Open Qualifying Tournament and a shot at reaching the main draw. With the win Mueller defeated an experienced WTA Tour veteran in the 33-year-old Jidkova, who has posted career wins over Serena Williams and Jelena Jankovic.

Jidkova didn't even consider the US Open National Playoffs as a chance to return to the US Open until a friend told her about the event one day before the deadline to register for the final Sectional Qualifying Event in Texas. 

"I want to congratulate Alina on a great tournament," said the No. 447-ranked Mueller. "I just played really well today; I had a solid game plan coming in and I was able to execute it.  I'd like to thank the USTA for holding this tournament and for this incredible opportunity to play at the US Open." 
 
Mueller, who is currently No. 447 on the Sony Ericsson WTA Tour, will head now to the USTA Pro Circuit $75,000 event in Vancouver, Canada, where she had been hoping to qualify for the singles draw. The 22-year-old has already won three USTA Pro Circuit titles in 2010.
 
 

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