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Palmetto Pro Open Showcases Junior Talent

June 5, 2013 03:36 PM
Sydney Campbell
Jamie Loeb
The sixth-annual Palmetto Pro Open, a Women’s $10,000 USTA Pro Circuit Event, took place recently at the Palmetto Tennis Center in Sumter, SC. This event is one of three in the nation with 128 player entries.
Championship Sunday was an eventful day for New Yorker, Jamie Loeb, as she tried to pull off a remarkable accomplishment for the second time in her career, of winning both the singles and doubles title at one tournament in the same year. The first four games were split between the two and each kept breaking the other’s serve. Loeb finally held serve to take the first set. 
The second set came easier for Loeb as she came out 3-0 and finished strong to come out on top with a 6-4, 6-3 victory in the Single’s Championship against one of her close rivals, Brooke Austin of Indianapolis, Ind.
This win felt good for Loeb, who lost to Austin earlier this year when the two met in the second round of the ASICS Easter Bowl, where Austin survived three match points to up-set Loeb who was top-seeded. Loeb is headed to play tennis for the University of North Carolina this fall.
Loeb was too good for Austin in singles, but couldn’t pull out the second win in doubles. Loeb and her partner, Texas native Sanaz Marand, who played at the University of North Carolina, fell to the team of Kristy Frilling of Sidney, Ohio and Alexandra Mueller of Abington, Pa. Frilling and Mueller trailed 2-3 early in the match but once they took the lead at 4-3 they never trailed again. Frilling and Mueller won 6-4, 6-3 to clinch the doubles title. 
Sydney Campbell of Franklin, Tenn. represented the USTA Southern Section well in doubles by putting forth a valiant effort, with her partner Josie Kuhlman of PonteVedra Beach, Fla. Campbell and Kuhlman, unseeded, beat the fourth seed in the quarterfinals to advance to the semifinals. In the semis, although loosing the first set 6-3, they came back fighting, pushing the second set an extra game, unfortunately falling 7-5.
Campbell, the 2012 USTA Tennessee Player of the year, will be headed to play for Vanderbilt University this fall. Campbell has been an outstanding player in the south consistently ranking in the top 20 of USTA Junior rankings. She spent most of the 2012 season as well as this spring on the Pro Circuit Tour, making her an exceptional asset for the Commodores this next year.





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