EL PASO — Canadian Valerie Tetreault defeated American Mashona Washington 6-4, 6-3 on a hot, still Sunday morning to take home the title for the $25,000 Hunt Communities USTA Women’s Pro Tennis Classic at Tennis West Sports and Racquet Club.
Washington, the 33-year-old from Houston, played well all week and played well Sunday morning. The first set was a wonderful duel with both players making special shots. Tetreault broke Washington at love with the set at 2-all and that one break was all it took. Tetreault, leading 5-3, had a set point but Washington stared it down with a pair of strong forehands and an ace out wide, cutting the lead to 5-4 and forcing Tetreault to serve out the set.
The 33-year-old Washington, who is trying to work her way toward the top again after a serious knee injury, said, “I just don’t know if I was mentally ready in the beginning. I was kind of all over the place. She definitely made her shots. She played well. But it was a good tournament for me. It’s been a while since I put a string of matches together. Obviously, I would have loved to have won but this was a good result for both of us. I think we both have a lot more tennis ahead of us this summer.”