Missouri native Tracy Jones shook off the effects of a two-hour commute and wrapped up the Lawrence Open women's open singles championship Sunday.
Jones, from St. Joseph, Mo., defeated Adrienne Schultz, 7-6, 6-3, in the finals at the Lawrence Tennis Center.
"The biggest reason I wanted to play here is probably that there are very few people from my area who play here, and I want to compete against some new people," the 26-year-old Jones said.
She also competed in the Lawrence Open a year ago, failing to advance past the semifinals.
This year was different. After receiving a first-round bye, Jones defeated Karin Dering, 6-4, 6-3, to earn a spot in the finals.
"The draw was small, so most of the people who played here were pretty dedicated. That made the competition pretty tough, and I was very happy to win,"Jones said. "Larger tournaments tend to have some easier matches."
Jones relied heavily on drop shots and short volleys at the Open.
"Most of these players are college players, and they tend to stick back and play the baseline," Jones said. "I put a lot of shots close to the net so they had to run for them."
Jones and her father, Bob, advanced to the semifinals of the mixed doubles before losing to Anthony Gasper and Laura Smysor, 4-6, 7-6, 6-4.