NEW HAVEN, Conn. -- After the long four-day US Open National Playoffs event, former Lady Vol and All-American tennis player Caitlin Whoriskey booked her trip to the US Open Qualifying Tournament with a comeback win over Michaela Gordon.
As the field of 16 began to shrink, Whoriskey's named continued to remain. The East Sandwich, Mass. native only lost two sets during the entire playoff. During Monday's match, she fell behind Gordon quickly after losing the first set 6-2, but she bounced back strong to win the match 2-6, 6-2, 6-1 and claim the wild card.
"Starting off, today was not my best," Whoriskey said. "I was pressing a bit too much, and I was missing here and there, but I settled down during the second and third sets. I am just really happy."
Whoriskey began her journey to the US Open back in mid-June after winning the UTSA New England Sectional Qualifier.
"I had to win the regional tournament first," Whoriskey said. "Since then, I have been really focusing on my fitness. I have been working hard the past couple of weeks by trying to do double the workouts and giving it all that I can."
This isn't the first big win for Whoriskey, though. Back in late May, she won both the singles and doubles championship at the Head/First Federal Women's Tournament held in Hilton Head Island, S.C., followed that up by advancing to the Women's Hospital Classic Finals in Evansville, Ind., where she fell just short in the third set.
Winning was the main goal and focus for Whoriskey, but it means more to her than just that.
"I get to fulfill a dream of playing in a Grand Slam," Whoriskey said. "I get to go down and start playing in the qualifier, which starts tomorrow in New York. It's an incredible feeling, and I am super happy with the hard work that I have put in over the last year. I feel like I am on cloud nine."
By advancing to the US Open Qualifying Tournament, held Aug. 19-22 at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in New York, Whoriskey is given a chance to earn a spot in the main draw of the 2014 US Open. She needs to win three matches in qualifying to reach the main draw.