The Public Courts Tennis tournament will have a new women's open singles champion for the first time in five years.
However, there's still a chance the last name of White will reign supreme.
Erica White, the tournament's champion the last four years and in seven of the past eight (she didn't play in 2008), elected not to play this year, but another who shares her surname has hopes of claiming the title.
Kirsten White, a rising junior at George Washington and of no relation to Erica White, advanced to her first women's open singles championship with a 7-6, 6-1 victory in the semifinals over University of Charleston sophomore Taylor Todd on Thursday evening at the Schoenbaum Tennis Courts in Kanawha City.
"It would be really good," said Kirsten White, when asked about the potential continuing on her name in the list of Public Courts champions.
"People would probably just think I'm her sister. I hear that so much. That's what people usually think with the same last name," she said.
The 16-year old White will be looking to earn her first major Public Courts title at the highest level but is no stranger to titles at the tournament.
She has won the 12-and-under girls division twice, 14-and-16-and-under girls once each, as well as mother-daughter with Mindy White.
With all her accomplishments, reaching the championship of the Public Courts tournament she cherishes will go down as one of White's most important tennis honors of her young career so far, she said.
"It's always been something I have wanted to do since I was little," White said. "I have been playing since as long as I can remember. It's an environment that I want to be in. I have seen other wonderful women who have got the chance to play in it. It's an honor to be able to play in it.
To earn the title, White will have to go through Andreea Slusarciuc, who is also looking to claim her first major Public Courts championship. The two will square off Saturday morning.