Kentucky’s Jackie Trail Captures Title in Texas

July 7, 2003 10:55 AM

Jackie Trail, ranked no. 465 on the WTA Tour, snared her third professional title with a win over fellow American Milangela Morales at this past weekend’s Waco International Women’s Tennis Tournament in Waco, TX. Trail, who was seeded No. 4 entering the tournament defeated the No. 3 seed Morales in a tight three-setter, 6-2, 4-6, 6-3.

Trail was the only seeded player in her half of the draw to make it past the first round of play. With the competition thinned out by the earlier upsets she had little trouble advancing to the finals, losing only one set along the way. Her one hiccup came against Melissa Mang, of Metairie, LA in the Round of 16. Mang, who is currently ranked No. 38 in the USTA Girls’ 18, hung tough against Trail, only to lose 6-0 in the deciding set.

The Waco International is a USTA Circuit $10,000 Futures event.

Jackie Trail, 23, is from Paducah, KY. She joined the pro tour in November 1997. While she has yet to win a WTA title she has won two other USTA/ITF $10,000 Circuit championships in Tallahassee, FL and Easton, MD in her young career.

The USTA organizes, sponsors, and administers the USTA Pro Circuit - the gateway to the US Open and tour-level competition for aspiring tennis professionals, and a frequent battleground for established players. The 2003 circuit features nearly 100 events for men and women. Prize money at the USTA Pro Circuit events range from $10,000 to $75,000, with more than $3 million in purses this year. Players also earn valuable ATP and WTA tour ranking points. The USTA Pro Circuit boasts as alumni some of the biggest names in tennis, many of whom have gone on to Grand Slam titles, including Andre Agassi, Lindsay Davenport, Chanda Rubin, Tim Henman, James Blake, and Mary Pierce.