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Moulton-Levy enjoys success as doubles specialist

February 15, 2012 01:39 PM
Megan Moulton Levy (r) with doubles partner Lindsay Lee-Waters.
Megan Moulton-Levy, 26, is ranked No. 96 in doubles and is one of the top-10 ranked doubles players in the U.S. The doubles specialist broke into the top 100 for the first time last year on the heels of semifinal showings at WTA events in Bogota and Quebec City (playing with fellow American Lindsay Lee-Waters), in addition to making her Grand Slam debut by qualifying for the doubles event at Wimbledon. Moulton-Levy has also excelled on the USTA Pro Circuit, racking up nine doubles titles throughout her career. She enjoyed a highly successful college career at the College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, Va., reaching the semifinals in singles at the 2006 NCAA Singles Championship and the final of the 2007 NCAA Doubles Championship. We caught up with Moulton-Levy while she was competing at the $100,000 USTA Pro Circuit event in Midland, Mich., earlier this month.

USTA.com: Who are you playing doubles with in Midland?

Megan Moulton-Levy:
I’m here with Lindsay Lee-Waters. We’ve been playing together for about a year and a half. We’ve had an adventure these last 18 months traveling around the world playing together. It’s nice to be here now and have a chance to play in my home state this week.

USTA.com: You’ve had some experience playing on the WTA Tour this past year, as well. Is there a big difference between the quality of play in a $100,000 event like here in Midland vs. some of the smaller WTA events?

Megan Moulton-Levy:
There’s a big difference. The top seeds here have a combined ranking of 21, but then the last team to get in has a combined ranking of 760 or something like that. There’s a big spread here, where at the WTA’s, No. 250 is normally the combined cut. It’s a lot more challenging. There’s obviously going to be a great level of play here. It’s just a wider variety of players.

USTA.com: You’ve gotten to play some of the best doubles teams in the world this year (the No. 1-ranked team of Kveta Peschke-Katarina Srebotnik in Auckland and 2010 US Open champions Vania King-Yaroslava Shvedova in Osaka). What’s the biggest difference in their games, and what do you need to do to get to that level?

Megan Moulton-Levy:
Lindsay and I are competing well as a team. They’re playing the big points much better than we are, though. We were leading against King and Shvedova, but we just couldn’t convert and win those big points. And they did! We’re there, and we’re competing. We’re able to win, it’s just…(laughs).

USTA.com: Lindsay Lee-Waters is one of the only mothers on tour now, certainly the only mother of two. Do you ever get asked to babysit?

Megan Moulton-Levy:
Not yet! I’m all for it, though. Heath (age 5) and Sevyn (age 11), they’re great kids. I would babysit them any time. Her older daughter, her name is Sevyn – she’s 10 years old but acts like she’s 16. She can take care of herself at this point. She’s pretty self-sufficient.

USTA.com: You blog a lot about your travels on the tour. Are there any funny stories or horror incidents you’ve had in your travels this past year?

Megan Moulton-Levy:
We’ve done a lot of cool stuff. We went dune bashing in Dubai. They take you in these Land Cruisers in the desert, and we were doing all these tricks and bumps. It feels like you’re on a roller coaster. Kevin and I were in South Africa last year; we went fishing in Thailand. We’ve done a lot of stuff. We’ve made the most of our time on tour, for sure.

USTA.com: What are some of your goals for this year?

Megan Moulton-Levy:
Like you said, we’ve played some of the top teams on tour this year. I’d like to knock off one of those teams in one of those matches. That would be nice. Hopefully reach the top 50 in the rankings this year, as well. I’ve gotten to the top 100, so that next jump for me would be top 50. I’m gunning for that.

USTA.com: If you could go on a date with any player on the ATP Tour, who would it be?

Megan Moulton-Levy:
Roger Federer, hands down. I locked eyes with him at the Australian Open and just about melted.
 

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