Top names back in title chase at Head/First Federal Women's $10K tournament at Van Der Meer Tennis Center

ccox@islandpacket.comMay 26, 2013 

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Alexandra Mueller, a two-time champion of the Head/First Federal Women's $10K tournament, lines up a shot during a 2010 appearance at the Van Der Meer TennisCenter on Hilton Head Island. Mueller is among the players returning for the event, which features play in the main draw beginning May 28.

SARAH WELLIVER — File/Staff photo

Jessica Moore is back for more.

The 22-year-old makes her return to Hilton Head Island this week, where the Australian will attempt to take home the Head/First Federal Women's $10K tournament at Van Der Meer Tennis Center after coming up just short a year ago.

Moore was downed in straight sets 6-3, 6-1 by teenager Mayo Hibi in the 2012 championship round. Now she enters as the top-ranked singles player in the event, which continues today with qualifying matches before the main draw begins on May 28.

Also returning this year is regular Alexandra Mueller, who took home the singles title in both 2009 and 2011, and Alexis King, who won the singles title in 2010. King entered last year's event as the highest-ranked player in the field.

Other notable entrants include Katerina Stewart, a 15-year-old high school junior who reached the doubles final of the East Bowl earlier this year, and five-time Notre Dame All-American Kristy Frilling.

This year's champion will take home $1,568 in prize money and 12 ranking points. The doubles winners will earn $637 per team. The finals are slated for June 2.

All matches are free and open to the public.

Van Der Meer is also slated to host an International Kids' Day on May 31, where children ages 4 to 10 will receive free instruction from the center's teaching professionals from 4-6 p.m. Pizza, prizes and refreshments will also be available.

Head/First Federal Women's $10K

What: USTA Pro Circuit Tournament

Where: Van Der Meer Tennis Center

When: Today through June 2

Admission: Free

Notes: International Kids' Day is set for Friday, May 31 from 4-6 p.m. Children will receive free instruction from Van Der Meer teaching professionals while also receiving pizza, prizes and refreshments.

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