US Open dreams end for two metro tennis stars
PRAIRIE VILLAGE, Kan. — Two rising tennis stars from the metro both fall in their respective semi finals during the qualification tournament for the 2013 US Open. Trey Daniel was forced to retire from an injury in the second set against Nick Papac after winning the first 7-6. Daniel doesn’t lose often, in fact he didn’t lose a high school match his junior or senior years at Blue Valley North High School. This past year he was 25-0, winning his second straight Kansas Class 6A singles championship.
In his quarterfinal win, Daniel beat Cale Hammond 0-6; 6-0; 6-4.
“He’s (Hammond) a lot bigger than I am, his serve is a lot bigger than mine, I had to scrap a little bit,” said Daniel.
Playing on the court next to Daniel in the quarterfinal round was his mixed doubles partner, 17 year-old Oliva Sneed. Sneed defeated Karyn Guttormsen in the quarterfinal round 6-4; 6-2.
“She was good, the first set was really close, we had a lot of good points,” said Sneed. “I was kind of fatigued out there, a little tired, but i like playing those matches and it’s nice to get the W out of those.”
Victoria Flores defeated Sneed in the semifinals 6-7; 6-2; 6-2.
Sneed will be a senior at Shawnee Mission East next year.
The winners from each of the 13 qualifying tournaments advance to the US Open National Playoffs in August.