Denise Dy Wins Washington State Open
Aug. 2, 2009
SEATTLE - Sophomore-to-be Denise Dy captured the women's singles title today at the 119th Washington State Open, upsetting top-seed and current Arizona State All-American Kelcy McKenna in a three-set final.
Held at the Seattle Tennis Club, state champions were crowned today in men's and women's singles, doubles, and mixed doubles, and a number of Huskies were still in the mix on the final day today.
Dy's victory was the most impressive. The San Jose, Calif. native was an All-Pac-10 honorable mention selection as a freshman in 2009, but was going up against an All-Pac-10 First Teamer in McKenna, who finished the most recent season ranked 11th by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association. Dy dominated the first set, 6-1, before McKenna leveled the match with a 6-3 second set win. Dy then dominated again in set three, winning 6-2 to finish things.
Her tournament run also included a quarterfinal win over former UCLA standout Ashley Joelson, 6-0, 6-2, and a 6-2, 6-0 win over No. 2-seed Kristen Schlukebir, a professional player ranked as high as 208th in her career. The second set loss today against McKenna was the only set in which Dy lost more than two games in five matches.
Several other current Dawgs competed in singles, including sixth-seeded Aleksandra Malovic, who may have aided Dy's cause by pushing McKenna into three long sets in the semis. Malovic, a senior-to-be, defeated No. 4-seed Suzanne Matzenauer in the quarters, then barely lost to McKenna in the semis, 5-7, 7-5, 6-4. Senior-to-be Lauren Summers made the round of 16, and sophomore-to-be Ashley Anderson won her first round match before falling in the round of 32.
Two Husky tandems also competed in doubles. Malovic and senior-to-be Joyce Ardies were seeded third and made the semis before losing to top-seeds McKenna and Matzenauer, 6-4 in the third set. Anderson and Summers lost to the same team in the quarters.
Dy also made the final of the mixed doubles draw along with Husky Skyler Tateishi, heading into his junior year. However the two lost to Matzenauer and Stephen Robertson, 6-3, 6-2 in the final.