Second-seeded Zoe Scandalis of Escondido defeated top-seeded Jessica Roland of Hollywood, 3-6, 6-2, 6-2, to win the Mercury Insurance Open Presented by Tri-City Medical Center Opportunity Tournament at the Laguna Niguel Racquet Club Saturday.
The 17-year-old Scandalis, who will play next season at USC, will receive a wild card into the qualifying draw of the Mercury Insurance Open which begins July 30 at The La Costa Resort and Spa in Carlsbad.
"I'm so excited," said Scandalis. "I've watched (the Mercury Insurance Open) every year since I was two. I can't wait to rock the pros and show them what I have."
Scandalis, a recent San Pascual High graduate, definitely had to earn the wild card against the persistent ground strokes of Roland, a former all-American at Texas A&M. Roland, who returned to the sport in January after a seven-year hiatus, certainly didn't show any signs of being out of practice.
Nice to see this to make the main draw of this tournament is a fantastic accomplishment and shows how good this recruiting class really is. Zoe is way ahead of past incoming freshman and the other three girls are also exceptional players.
Take Sabrina Santamaria for example a local kid that has never belong to a tennis club or junior academy, growing up in LA and a public parks (grassroots) player and coached by her tennis playing parents, her dream school was you guess it USC. Her parents and her sent coach Richard Gallien her playing schedule in hopes that he would come watch her play and offer her a scholarship, the rest is now history in the making.