Jun 192013

19-year-old Brianna Morgan took home her first title in International Tennis Federation (ITF) Pro Circuit play, after defeating the event’s No. 1 seed Jessica Moore in a 7-6 (3), 6-3 victory at the 3rd annual ResortQuest Pro Women’s Open at Sea Colony on Sunday.

Morgan, from Beverly Hills, California, completed an amazing stretch of play, which saw the unseeded and unranked teen take out the tournament’s top three seeds.

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Brianna Morgan, 19, captured her first singles title on the ITF Pro Circuit tour on Sunday at the ResortQuest Pro Women’s Open at Sea Colony


Sunday’s match was a battle between the fresh upstart and the young but tournament-tested veteran, as Morgan took the court against the 22-year-old Australian, Moore, who is currently ranked 385 in the world.

A tightly contested clash in the early going, the two went back and forth in the first game with neither taking over a two-point lead. Moore held the 6-5 advantage and looked to bring it home until Morgan stormed back to tie the set at six and ultimately broke away to take the tie-break and the 7-6 set victory. It took an hour and 40 minutes to decide the first set.

From there, it was clear Morgan had found her groove and got out to a 5-2 lead in the second set. Moore gave one last rally, taking the next game but Morgan would not be denied and closed it out for the 6-3 set win.

Morgan, a sophomore at the University of Florida, is fresh off of a solid freshman campaign in which she was named All-SEC second team and All-SEC freshman team.

Moore, who has competed in the Australian Open and the U.S. Open, was looking to win her fifth ITF Pro Circuit singles event and looked dominant the early rounds, winning her first three matches in straight sets.

But it was Morgan’s day, becoming the third different winner of the event, which this year featured 64 pros from eight different countries on four continents competing for a share of $10,000 in prize money.

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Jun 192013

Bethany Beach, Del. – Champions were crowned as the team of Lindsey Hardenbergh and Peggy Porter claimed the doubles title at the 3rd annual ResortQuest Pro Women’s Open at Sea Colony on Saturday.

The duo defeated the team of Denise Muresan (Lincolnshire, Ill.) and Jacqueline Wu (Holmdel, N.J.) 6-1, 6-4; giving the 22-year-old Hardenberg (Fairfax Station, Va.) her second doubles championship this year and marking the first title for the 17-year-old Porter (Dallas, Texas) on the tour.

The finals of the singles draw were also set Saturday, with Jessica Moore of Australia and Brianna Morgan of Beverly Hills, California advancing to Sunday’s showdown to determine the event’s third champion.

Morgan, 19, upended the tournament’s second seed, Brooke Austin (Indianapolis, Ind.), to move on after taking the match in straight sets, 6-3, 6-0. The University of Florida sophomore also took out the No. 3 seed in the first round and now looks ahead to a matchup with the No. 1 seed, Moore.

It was Porter who gave the tournament’s top ranked player all she could handle in the semifinal round. After Moore took the first set, 6-1, Porter rallied back to claim the second set, 6-3, before a highly competitive third set ended in a 7-5 victory for Moore.

Moore, who is ranked 385th, is seeking her fourth singles title on the tour while Morgan is playing for the first of her career when the two meet Sunday at 11 a.m. at the Sea Colony Tennis Center.

Doubles Final

Lindsey Hardenbergh (USA) & Peggy Porter (USA) def. Denise Muresan (USA) & Jacqueline Wu (USA) 6-1, 6-4

Singles Semifinal Results

(1) Jessica Moore (AUS) def. Peggy Porter (USA) 6-1, 3-6, 7-5

Brianna Morgan (USA) def. (2) Brooke Austin (USA) 6-3, 6-0

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