Nebraska senior Mary Weatherholt was eliminated by Japan's Mayo Hibi from 2012 U.S. Open National Playoffs Women's Singles Championships held in New Haven, Conn., Aug. 19.
Weatherholt started the tournament strong defeating Texas A&M's Anna Mamalat in the first round 6-0, 6-1. Weatherholt continued her dominance in the quarterfinals with a victory over Russia's Nika Kukharchuk, ranked #466 in the world, scored at 6-4, 3-6, 6-4.
During an impressive semifinals match against Japan's Mayo Hibi, ranked #408 in the world, Weatherholt suffered an abdominal injury late in the second set, yet still managing to win the set sending the match to a third after a 75-7 6-3 score. Weatherholt held strong to a 4-4 score but finally gave out to her injury losing the set and match 5-7, 6-3, 4-6.
"We are very proud of Mary," Nebraska Assistant Coach Hayden Perez said, "she competed very hard in a very challenging field and ultimately fell just short of making it into the U.S. Open Qualifying Draw which is a great accomplishment in itself. If Mary can get her abdominal injury taken care of pretty soon, we believe she is coming into the fall in great form."