US Open In July
Sometimes the stars show up and own the U.S. Open; other year’s stars are made there. This year was the latter, with WQS warrior Nathaniel Curran fighting through a determined crew of pros to post the biggest contest win of his life. Not only did the massive points infusion catapult him into the top spot on the WQS, it kick started his campaign that saw him go on to win the whole qualifying series, which put him on the elite world tour for 2009. Likewise, in the women’s event, 14-year-old Malia Manuel stunned the women’s ranks, winning the main event over fellow youngster Coco Ho.
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