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Southwest tennis players earn wildcard entry into US Open

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Southwest tennis players earn wildcard entry into US Open

By Shelby Payne. CREATED Aug 24, 2014

Former college players Jacqueline Cako and Joel Kielbowicz claimed the US Open National Playoffs – Mixed Doubles Championship title Saturday at the Connecticut Tennis Center at Yale University in New Haven, Conn.

A final volley winner from Kielbowicz clinched the win, 6-3, 6-1, over the sibling duo of Ena and Shuhei Shibaharas.

With the victory Cako and Kielbowicz will represent the Southwest in the main draw of the mixed doubles event at the 2014 US Open.

According to, the upcoming appearance at the US Open will mark Kielbowicz’s Grand Slam debut and Cako’s first showing as a professional. She previously reached the second round in the US Open girls’ singles event in 2009.

Cako, 22, is a former All-American at Arizona State. She won four Pro Circuit doubles in 2012 and climbed to No. 169 in the doubles rankings that year.

Kielbowicz, 31, played four years at UNLV before pursuing a professional career. He reached his highest ranking at No. 479 in the world doubles rankings in 2007 and has won seven Futures doubles titles.

The US Open is being held Aug. 25 to Sept. 8 at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing, N.Y.