Jan. 14, 2013
Long Beach, Calif. - Former Long Beach State tennis standout Stephanie Bengson has qualified for the doubles draw at the 2013 Australian Open for the second straight year.
Ranked No. 184 in the world, Bengson and partner Monique Adamczak received a first-round draw versus No. 22-ranked Cara Black and Anastasia Rodinova. Bengson and Adamczak, one of 64 pairs to garner entry to this year's tournament, will be representing their home nation of Australia.
In her first major professional event, Bengson and then partner Tyra Calderwood fell in the opening round of the 2012 Australian Open to Eva Birnerova and Alberta Brianti. Bengson was the first player in 49er women's tennis history to compete in a major championship in professional women's tennis
During her four years at Long Beach State (2005-2008), Bengson led the 49ers in career wins, posting 148 total, including 73 singles wins and 75 doubles victories, both still rank in the top five at LBSU.
A four-time All-Big West selection, Bengson was a key member of the 2006 team that earned Long Beach State's first NCAA tournament victory, defeating No. 46 New Mexico. Along with Hannah Grady, she was ranked as high as No. 31 in doubles during her time with the 49ers.
Women's double play for the Australian Open is anticipated to start on Wednesday, Jan. 16, but is subject to change due to singles draw progression. The tournament draw can be followed at www.australianopen.com.
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