FORT WORTH, Texas (July 28, 2018) – The 2018 Fort Worth Women’s Pro Tennis Classic is taking place in Fort Worth for the seventh consecutive year. The tournament is one of three USTA Pro Circuit women’s events taking place in Texas this year — another $25,000 event in Lubbock and an $80,000 event in Tyler will be held in the fall — and is part of the schedule of hard-court events players use in preparation for the US Open.
Notable players competing in Fort Worth include:
Usue Arconada, 19, College Park, Md.
- Ranked as high as No. 5 in the world junior rankings.
- Won her first pro-level match at age 14, in qualifying for the WTA’s Citi Open in Washington, D.C., in 2013, beating then 26-year-old Maria Irigoyen. In 2016, won her first WTA match at the Citi Open as a wild card.
- This year, qualified for the WTA event in Monterrey, Mexico, in April, and won her second career USTA Pro Circuit doubles title at the $25,000 event in Daytona Beach, Fla.
- Reached the final of the $25,000 USTA Pro Circuit event in Pelham, Ala., in 2017, as well as four additional USTA Pro Circuit/ ITF Pro Circuit singles semifinals.
- Won the junior doubles title at Wimbledon in 2016 (with Claire Liu) and reached the girls’ singles quarterfinals; also reached the third round in singles and the quarterfinals in doubles at the 2015 and 2016 junior US Open.
- Born in Argentina and moved to Puerto Rico when her father accepted a position as Puerto Rico’s national volleyball coach.
Ashley Lahey, 18, Hawthorne, Calif.
- Recently completed her sophomore season at Pepperdine, where she reached the final of the NCAA Singles Championship this year—the first-ever Wave to do so.
- Compiled a 27-5 overall record her sophomore year.
- Earned All-America honors her freshman and sophomore year.
- Holds one USTA Pro Circuit singles title, won in Sumter, S.C., in 2017.
- Competed in US Open qualifying in 2017 after receiving a wild card into the tournament.
Robin Anderson, 25, Matawan, N.J.
- Graduated from UCLA in 2015 after earning All-America honors in both singles and doubles for four consecutive years, becoming the seventh player in school history to accomplish the feat.
- Named the ITA National Collegiate Player of the Year for 2014-15.
- Was part of UCLA’s NCAA-title winning team in 2014. Also reached the NCAA doubles final in 2013.
- At the 2015 US Open, won the American Collegiate Invitational, a tournament for the top U.S. college players.
- Holds two USTA Pro Circuit singles title ($10,000 Landisville, Pa., in 2011, and $25,000 Redding, Calif., in 2017) and two doubles titles ($25,000 Redding, Calif., in 2013, and $25,000 Daytona Beach, Fla., in 2017).
- As a junior player, reached the girls’ singles quarterfinals at the 2010 US Open.
Whitney Osuigwe, 16, Bradenton, Fla.
- Held the No. 1 world junior ranking for nine months and was named the ITF’s World Junior Champion for 2017.
- Won the 2017 French Open girls’ singles title, beating Claire Liu in the second-ever all-American French Open girls’ final. Became only the fourth American girls’ singles champion at Roland Garros and the first since Jennifer Capriati in 1989.
- Also reached the singles quarterfinals at junior Wimbledon in 2017, as well as the girls’ doubles final there in 2017 and 2018.
- Won the singles title at the 2017 Orange Bowl and the doubles title at the 2017 Easter Bowl, both prestigious junior events.
- Reached the final of the $25,000 USTA Pro Circuit event in Wesley Chapel. Fla., this January as a qualifier—her first career USTA Pro Circuit singles final.
- Captured her first career USTA Pro Circuit doubles title at the $15,000 event in Orlando this March, held at the new USTA National Campus, and also won the doubles title at the $25,000 event in Jackson, Miss., this April.
Maria Mateas, 19, Braintree, Mass.
- Reached the singles final at the $25,000 USTA Pro Circuit event in Baton Rouge, La., in June. • Born in Romania.
- Ranked as high as No. 26 in the ITF World Junior Rankings, reaching the quarterfinals of the Easter Bowl, a prestigious junior event, in 2016.
- Has committed to playing for Duke, where her brother also plays. Michaela Gordon, 18, Saratoga, Calif.
- 2018 All-American in singles and doubles as a freshman at Stanford; Intercollegiate Tennis Association National Rookie of the Year; Pac-12 Freshman of the Year and First-Team singles selection; Finished the season No. 21 in the nation in collegiate singles.