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Florida's Rose Wins Mixed at US Open Playoffs-Texas

June 30, 2014 11:00 AM
rose_malika_tennisMalika Rose of Davie, Fla., won the mixed doubles title and lost in the final of the women's singles at the US Open National Playoffs-Texas Section Championships at the Arlington Tennis Center in Texas over the weekend.

In the mixed doubles she teamed with former Oklahoma State teammate Brady Bohrnstedt, defeating Karina Traxler and Arturs Kazijevs 6-4, 7-5 in the final.

Rose, who grew up in Florida playing tennis with WTA star Sloane Stephens, said she was eager to share the news with her friend.

"That's one of my best friends. I've known her for a while," Rose told the Dallas News. "She wished us a lot of luck today, and I have to let her know how we've done."


The win qualified the two 22-year-olds for the national mixed doubles event and a shot at a mixed doubles main draw wildcard at the US Open. The Aug. 20-23 national event will be held in New Haven, Conn., during the WTA's Connecticut Open.

"I'm pretty sure [Stephens] will be in New Haven, so I'll get to see her there," Rose said. "Maybe I'll try to stay with her."

Rose turned pro after completing her eligibility at Oklahoma State, and is currently ranked No. 1272 in singles according to the WTA website. As a senior at Oklahoma State the 5-foot-5 Rose posted a 14-16 win-loss record in singles and a 15-15 record in doubles.

In the women's singles final Rose lost 6-2, 6-1 to 25-year-old Ashley Weinhold, ranked No. 386 on the WTA tour, and a competitor in the US Open women's main draw in 2007.






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