By Staff Report.
Clemson rising junior Keri Wong just finished an outstanding season with the Tigers, in which she garnered All-ACC honors and helped lead Clemson to a Sweet 16 appearance. With just more than a month off, Wong has started play in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Summer Circuit in the southeast region.
Players compete in tournaments within their region with hopes of moving on to the ITA Summer National Tournament. The winner of that tournament will qualify for a wild card spot in the qualification rounds of the US Open.
So far, Wong has established herself as one of the top players nationally. She competed in a tournament held at Florida State from July 7-9, which she won handily, dropping only 11 total games in five matches, and defeating her doubles partner and sophomore at Marshall, Kara Kucin, 6-0, 6-1 in the finals.
She then traveled to Montgomery, AL, beginning play just a day after her win in Tallahassee. Wong played just as well, dropping only ten games as the tournament’s top-seeded player. She knocked out LSU incoming freshman, Alexus Coats, 6-0, 6-0 in the finals to win her second straight event.
Wong plays next at the University of Georgia from July 15-18. The facility is familiar, as Wong and the Tigers played at UGA during the dual match season, and then played their Sweet 16 matchup there as well. Wong finished the 2010 season ranked #53 in the ITA Singles Poll.
The final circuit tournament will be from July 23-26 at the University of Alabama.