Congrats to MoKanNeb Series Winner Ting-Ya Hsu!
The 2023 MoKanNeb Adult Tournament Series recently wrapped up, and we have a winner! Ting-Ya Hsu of Wichita took first place in all four tournaments in the series in the Women’s Open division and was awarded the grand prize of $500. USTA Kansas is proud to have such an incredible player represent our district so well.
Ting-Ya, who also goes by Tina, started playing college at a young age and quickly found a passion for the sport. “I have been playing tennis since age 12, and I was ranked in the top 3 for all junior age tournaments back In Taiwan. I was also ranked [nationally] in the top 10 for Taiwan,” she said. “I came to the US in 2016 and played for Wichita State University, graduated in 2020, and am currently working at Crestview Country Club full-time as a tennis pro assistant coach.”
While no longer playing college tennis, Ting-Ya still enjoys hitting the courts and competing, such as during the MoKanNeb series. “I am still continuing to play some high-level tennis events to pursue my goal, [advance] my tennis career, to achieve more and more in tennis by improving my tennis skills so I can help more people [learn] how to play better in tennis,” she said.
It was in 2018 when Ting-Ya learned about the MoKanNeb series from her college coach at Wichita State. She counts the Jayhawk Open at Kossover Tennis Center in Topeka as one of her favorites in the series.
When asked what her favorite memory was of this year’s series, Ting-Ya is proud of her accomplishments–and rightfully so. “[Winning] first place in all four tournaments in [this year’s] series is one of my favorite memories,” she said.
As this year’s summer tournament season comes to a close, I wanted to know if Ting-Ya would recommend players participate in the MoKanNeb series. The answer: a resounding yes. “Yeah, of course,” she said. “You get to play all different players throughout these four events and if you win, you can get all the prizes as well, which is amazing.”
If you’d like to learn more about the MoKanNeb Adult Tournament series, and for a list of this year’s winners, click here.