Former USC Trojan Danielle Lao Headed To US Open

It all started in Southern California at the Claremont Club for former USC Trojan Danielle Lao and her doubles partner Jacqueline Cako as the pair captured the US Open National Playoff sectional qualifying doubles title. The pair’s run continued on Tuesday as they captured the US Open National Playoffs women’s doubles title at the Connecticut Tennis Center at Yale in New Haven, Conn.


Danielle Lao and Jacqueline Cako.

The American duo earned a wild card into the US Open women’s doubles draw after prevailing in the championship match over top seeds Ashley Weinhold and Caitlin Whoriskey, 6-2, 7-5. reported these comments from Lao from her blog: “My first emotion was disbelief. It’s been a tough few months trying to string together solid performances. [But] the second emotion was pure happiness. It was awesome to share an exciting moment with someone who wants it so bad.”

Their journey to the US Open almost was not to be as Cako and Lao endured several tough battles to reach the championship match, including a marathon quarterfinal win over Gabriela Porubin and Julia Schiller that ended with an 18-16 match tiebreak.

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