June 28, 2010
By Donnie Conley, Media Relations Student Assistant
ARLINGTON, Texas - Tennessee women's tennis player Rosalía Alda advanced to the finals of the US Open National Playoff Texas Sectional Qualifier before falling to Alina Jidkova, 6-2, 6-3 on Saturday.
Alda, a rising senior, began the tournament with straight set wins in her first two matches, defeating Molly Matricardi, 6-1, 6-1 and Victoria Dollar, 6-0 6-0.
In the quarterfinals, Alda topped SEC rival Heather Steinbauer of Vanderbilt, 6-1, 3-6, 6-4. Alda and Steinbauer have faced off in each of the previous two seasons, splitting a pair of three-set matches.
From there, she went head-to-head with Chloe Jones of Baldwin City, Kan., in the semifinals. Alda was again able to pull out a three-set win, 6-3, 5-7, 6-2.
Russia native Alina Jidkova proved to be too much for Alda in the tournament final. Jidkova, 33, turned pro in 1993 and has recorded over $1 million in career earnings.
Alda, who hails from Round Rock, Texas, posted a career-best 23 singles victories and 29 doubles wins in 2009-10 for the Lady Vols. She was a second team All-SEC selection and currently sits 13th in school history with 80 career doubles victories.
With the win, Jidkova advanced to the US Open National Playoffs - Women's Championships, held at the Taube Family Tennis Stadium at Stanford University in Stanford, Calif., July 29-August 1. The event will be held during the Bank of the West Classic, the first Olympus US Open Series women's event. There, a maximum of 16 players will compete in a single-elimination singles draw. One male winner and one female winner will receive a singles wild card entry to compete in the 2010 US Open Qualifying Tournament from August 24-27 at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in New York City.
US OPEN NATIONAL PLAYOFF TEXAS SECTIONAL QUALIFIER
SINGLES MAIN DRAW
Round of 32
Rosalía Alda def. Molly Matricardi, 6-1, 6-1
Round of 16
Rosalía Alda def. Victoria Dollar, 6-0, 6-0
Rosalía Alda def. Heather Steinbauer, 6-1, 3-6, 6-4
Rosalía Alda def. Chloe Jones, 6-3, 5-7, 6-2
Alina Jidkova def. Rosalía Alda, 6-2, 6-3