During the 2021 U.S. Open Tennis Championships, many people identified Whitewater’s very own Reese Brantmeier as the youngest player in the main draw at the U.S. Open. So, we followed Reese in this tournament, and on Friday night, Reese and her doubles partner Elvina Kalieva of Staten Island, New York, won a thrilling three-set match to advance to the U.S. Open Girls’ Doubles Final on Saturday.
The eighth-seeded doubles team of Brantmeier/Kalieva were to take on the third-seeded doubles team of Robin Montgomery of Washington D.C. and Ashlyn Krueger of Highland Village, Texas. Thus, the match would be an All-American final featuring the top junior players in the country on the same court.
The three-set match went back and forth with some excellent rallies for both teams. Eventually, the doubles team of Montgomery and Kreuger defeated Brantmeier and Kalieva 5-7, 6-4, (10-4). The final set featured a championship tiebreaker to determine the match.
Congratulations, Reese, on a job well done! We are so very proud of you!
Article and Photos Submitted by Greg Stewart