Stewart wins 2014 ResortQuest Pro Women’s Open at Sea Colony
No. 7 seed Katerina Stewart, 16, of Coral Gables, Fla., bested Josie Kuhlman, 18, of Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. 6-0, 6-3, this week, to win the fourth annual ResortQuest Pro Women’s Open at Sea Colony.
The eight-day tournament, held on the Har-Tru clay courts at the Sea Colony Tennis Center from June 15-22, featured dozens of professional tennis players, representing five countries, from the International Tennis Federation (ITF) Pro Circuit tour, competing for world ranking points and a share of $10,000 in prize money.
Stewart, who beat the tournament’s No. 4 and No. 6 seeds on her way to the final, didn’t drop a game in the first set of the championship match. Kuhlman, who toppled the No. 1 seed in the opening round, fought back, striking early and taking the first game in the second set. The first few games of the second set were evenly split; then Stewart pulled away, winning 6-3.
The prior afternoon, the top-seeded team of Lena Litvak and Alexandra Mueller beat the unseeded team of Rima Asatrian and Stewart to claim the doubles championship. The title was Litvak’s third at the Sea Colony event, having earned both the 2011 singles crown and doubles championship, with then-partner Alexandra Hirsch.
Supported by the Sea Colony homeowners, the tournament is sponsored by ResortQuest by Wyndham Vacation Rentals, ResortQuest Real Estate and the United States Tennis Association.
Additional tournament sponsors, as well as homeowners who opened their homes to the players, included: Babolat, Beth Kravetz & Bethany Beach Norfolk Terriers, Brenda Evans, China Express, Dixieland, Dr. Rajshekar Narasimaiah, Head/Penn Racquet Sports, Logo Motive Custom Apparel, Montego Bay, Off the Hook & Just Hooked, Pepsi, Smile Heating & Air, Sport Builders, Sports For Nature, T-Shirt Factory, the Drizd family, the Fallavollita family, the Fox family, the Graham family, the Haze-Luehrs family, the Katz family, the Kent family, the Kerger family, the Lavet family, the Lieb family, the McIntosh family, the Norden family, the Panetta family, the Pritzlaff family, the Roberts family, the Rogers family, the Simpler family, the Slice family, the Sneller family, the Suarez family, the Taylor family, the Vogel family, the Vosters family and the Zweig family.
Local tournament organizers also offered special thanks to Sea Colony homeowners, tennis committee, event volunteers and USTA officials, who helped make the annual event happen from signup to the trophy presentation and beyond.
For information about the event and everything tennis at Sea Colony, visit www.SeaColonyTennis.net.