South High senior Whitney Williams has been busy beefing up her tennis resume.
The three-time state high school girls singles champion won a doubles title at the Pacific Northwest Girls 18 Endorsement tournament in Portland, Ore., earlier this month and is hoping the strong showing will propel her toward a shot at a national event next month in Scottsdale, Ariz.
Williams played seven matches in 48 hours at the Pacific Northwest event, her only loss coming in a first-round singles match.
She teamed with eventual singles champion Erin Larner of Oregon to win three straight matches and claim the doubles title. After her first-round singles loss, Williams put together another three-match win streak to claim the west draw consolation bracket, good for a fifth-place finish in a 16-player field.
Alaska’s top-ranked female player and fifth-ranked in the Pacific Northwest, Williams is the only player from Alaska ever to post a victory at the Pacific Northwest event. Her successful outing could improve her national ranking when the new rankings are released next month. She was ranked in the top 200 prior to the event, and the top 128 qualify for the United States Tennis Association’s National Winter Championships in Arizona around the end of December.