(November 10, 2013) CAPTIVA, FLORIDA – In Sunday’s Singles Finals at the Women’s Pro Classic at South Seas Island Resort, No. 2 seed Mandy Minella of Luxembourg defeated Canadian Gabriela Dabrowski in straight sets 6-3, 6-3 to capture the inaugural event of the $50,000 USTA Pro Circuit Women’s Event on Captiva. With professional tennis making its debut on Captiva this week, it was the final opportunity for players to obtain WTA Tour points in the U.S. to qualify for the 2014 Australian Open and exactly what Minella accomplished this week.
”This tournament was really important for me to win because now I am going to get directly into the Singles Main Draw of the Australian Open in January,” said Mandy Minella. “The Women’s Pro Classic at South Seas was a perfect place to play a Pro Circuit event with all of the amenities and activities, I felt like I was on holiday half of the time I was here.”
Sunday’s Singles Finalist Gabriela Dabrowski of Canada was also the Doubles Champion in Saturday’s Doubles Finals with partner Allie Will as the top seeds and beat American duo Julia Boserup and Alexandra Mueller 6-1, 6-2 to claim the title.
Also making a special appearance at the Women’s Pro Classic Singles Final on Sunday was US Open Tournament Director, Brian Earley, who joined Captiva’s Tournament Director, Nick Blackwood, in the awards presentation ceremony.
“I was very excited about how well the Women’s Pro Classic went for our first year and all of the community support and involvement we had, I am already looking forward to next year’s event,” said Tournament Director, Nick Blackwood. “It was great to see so many of the top ranked WTA Tour players come to a first year event at South Seas Island Resort and also see that our event made a major impact on one of the players who will now get directly into the Australian Open Main Draw in January.”