June 29, 2017

Keegan Smith and Monica Robinson Win Singles Titles at USTA National Open Hard Court Championships

KEEGAN SMITH AND MONICA ROBINSON CAPTURE SINGLES TITLES
AT USTA NATIONAL OPEN HARD COURT CHAMPIONSHIPS

Smith Earns 2nd Gold USTA Ball After Winning Men’s Doubles Title
San Diego, Calif. – (June 4, 2017) – Top-seeded Keegan Smith looked prepared to begin his collegiate tennis career at UCLA later this fall as he won the men’s singles title at the USTA National Open Hard Court Championships before a large crowd at the Balboa Tennis Club.

The 18-year-old Smith of San Diego (Point Loma) put on a solid performance in the men’s singles final as he defeated fifth-seeded Ryan Seggerman of Coronado, Calif, 6-3, 6-3 in one-hour and 15 minutes. Smith used his powerful serve to his advantage as the champion dropped a total of only six points on his serve during the straight-set victory.

“I was pumped. It was a great match and a great tournament. I’m super stoked at the outcome. It’s a huge confidence boost,” Smith said. “He (Seggerman) has a different style of play. It’s a bit unorthodox. He can hit it big, but he likes the slices and he comes in a lot. I just kept focused every point.”

Smith said he was pleased to have had the opportunity to play a USTA National event close to home. “It’s great. It’s been really cool. It’s in San Diego and it’s such a convenient tournament. I love it. The crowds have been awesome,” he added. “I just want to say thanks to everyone for putting this tournament on.”

Later in the afternoon, Smith finished the day with another USTA gold ball as he teamed with Billy Rowe of Coronado, Calif., to win the men’s doubles championship with a 7-6 (5), 6-1 victory over Seggerman and Timothy Sah of San Diego.

In the women’s singles final, second-seeded Monica Robinson of Valley Center, Calif., rallied to win the title with an entertaining come-from-behind 2-6, 6-4, 6-1 win over top-seed and defending champion Jessica Failla of Ramona, Calif., that took two-hours and 55 minutes to complete.

For the 22-year-old Robinson, a former tournament champion who just completed her collegiate tennis career at the University of Notre Dame, this week’s tournament singles title was a little bit more special than the one she won back in 2014.

“It just felt great to win that final point. You just feel this relief. You just achieved what you’ve worked for all week,” she said. “This one is pretty special. Being a Notre Dame alumnus and being able to win it again is really special. This is one of my favorite tournaments. The atmosphere is great and we get great crowds. It’s San Diego, you can’t beat this weather.”

For complete final scores and results, along with final draws for each division, please go to:
http://tennislink.usta.com/tournaments/TournamentHome/Tournament.aspx?T=186158

The champions in each division were awarded a USTA gold ball, while the runner-up received a USTA silver ball. There was also be a 3rd/4th place playoff for the USTA bronze ball.  Prize money was distributed to both finalists as well as third and fourth place finishers in each division.


 

USTA National Open Hard Court Championships
Balboa Tennis Club
San Diego
Sunday’s Results

Men’s Singles
Championship
Keegan Smith (1), San Diego, def. Ryan Seggerman (5), Coronado, Calif., 6-3, 6-3

Third Place
Brandon Nakashima (8), San Diego, def. Billy Rowe (7), Coronado, Calif., walkover (injury)

Men’s Doubles
Championship
Billy Rowe (1), Coronado, Calif., and Keegan Smith, San Diego, def. Timothy Sah (3), San Diego and Ryan Seggerman, Coronado, Calif., 7-6 (5) 6-1

Women’s Singles
Championship
Monica Robinson (2), Valley Center, Calif., def. Jessica Failla (1), Ramona, Calif., 2-6, 6-4, 6-1

Third Place
Dominique Schaefer (3), Newbury Park, Calif., def. Jennifer Kerr (5), Carlsbad, Calif., 6-3, 6-1

Women’s Doubles
Championship
Annette Goulak, Oak Park, Calif., and Devon Jack, San Marino, Calif., def. Jessica Failla (1), Ramona, Calif., and Monica Robinson, Valley Center, Calif., 3-6, 7-6 (4), 10-2

Mixed Doubles
Championship
Annette Goulak (3), Oak Park, Calif., and Timothy Sah, San Diego, def. Ryan Seggerman (2), Coronado, Calif., and Hannah Zhao San Diego, 7-5, 6-4

For complete tournament results, go to:
http://tennislink.usta.com/tournaments/TournamentHome/Tournament.aspx?T=186158#&&s=8Results0

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Failla To Face Robinson in Women’s Final of USTA National Open Hard Court Championships

 

Monica Robinson

FAILLA TO FACE ROBINSON IN WOMEN’S SINGLES FINAL
AT USTA NATIONAL OPEN HARD COURT CHAMPIONSHIPS

Keegan Smith Advances to Men’s Singles Final against Ryan Seggerman

San Diego, Calif. – (June 3, 2017) – Following a thrilling day of semifinal action at the USTA National Open Hard Court Championships, the pairings for Sunday’s men’s and women’s singles finals are set at the Balboa Tennis Club.

The women’s singles final, which begins at 11 a.m. (PDT), will pit top-seed and defending champion Jessica Failla of Ramona, Calif., against second-seeded Monica Robinson of Valley Center, Calif.

The men’s singles final, which is scheduled to start at noon (PDT), will feature top-seeded Keegan Smith of San Diego (Point Loma) against fifth-seeded Ryan Seggerman of Coronado, Calif. Smith, who has not lost a set this week, eliminated eighth-seeded Brandon Nakashima of San Diego 6-3, 7-6 (5) in the semifinals, while Seggerman outlasted fellow Coronado resident, Billy Rowe 1-6, 6-4, 6-4.

Robinson, a recent graduate from the University of Notre Dame where she played collegiate tennis for four years, will be looking to win the tournament for the second time after capturing the women’s singles title in 2014. The 22-year-old, who played No. 1 in singles and doubles for the Fighting Irish, has been simply dominant in this week’s national tournament, having dropped only seven games in four matches to reach Sunday’s final.

On Saturday morning, she overpowered fifth-seeded Jennifer Kerr of Carlsbad 6-0, 6-2 in 55 minutes in her semifinal match. Kerr won the CIF San Diego Section Girl’s singles title in 2015 and 2016. “She’s a really steady player. I really wanted to be the aggressive one. I was looking to step in on the returns,” Robinson said. “I’m motivated to get back into the finals and hopefully win it.

Robinson will face Failla, her friend and practice partner, who needed one-hour and 38 minutes to dismiss third-seeded Dominique Schaefer of Newbury Park, Calif., 6-1, 7-6 (2) in the semifinals. “It’s going to be fun because we’re also doubles partners. It’s going to be an interesting, respectable match because we both respect each other very much,” Robinson said.

For complete scores and results, along with updated draws for each division, please go to:
http://tennislink.usta.com/tournaments/TournamentHome/Tournament.aspx?T=186158

USTA National Open Hard Court Championships
Balboa Tennis Club
San Diego
Saturday’s Results

Men’s Singles
Semifinals
Keegan Smith (1), San Diego, def. Brandon Nakashima (8), San Diego, 6-3, 7-6 (5)
Ryan Seggerman (5), Coronado, def. Billy Rowe (7), Coronado, 1-6, 6-4, 6-4

Women’s Singles
Semifinals
Jessica Failla (1), Ramona, def. Dominique Schaefer (3), Newbury Park, Calif.,   6-1, 7-6 (2)
Monica Robinson (2), Valley Center, def. Jennifer Kerr (5), Carlsbad, 6-0, 6-2

For complete tournament results, go to:
http://tennislink.usta.com/tournaments/TournamentHome/Tournament.aspx?T=186158#&&s=8Results0

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Top Seeds Reach Quarterfinals of USTA National Open Hard Court Championships

TOP SEEDS FAILLA AND SMITH ADVANCE TO QUARTERFINALS
AT USTA NATIONAL OPEN HARD COURT CHAMPIONSHIPS

Tournament Officials Announce Times for Sunday’s Singles Finals

 
San Diego, Calif. – (June 1, 2017) – Jessica Failla of Ramona, Calif., the top seed in the women’s singles draw and San Diego’s Keegan Smith, the No.1 men’s singles seed, captured victories on Thursday at the Balboa Tennis Club to advance to the quarterfinals of the USTA National Open Hard Court Championships.

Playing on Court No. 7 under gray, overcast skies, Failla controlled the tempo of her third-round match as she scored a hard-hitting 6-2, 6-2 victory over unseeded Anna Ustinoff of Encino, Calif.  Failla, the defending singles champion, will meet fifth-seeded Kelly Chen of Cerritos, Calif., on Friday at 9 a.m. (PDT).

Smith, who will be attending UCLA this fall, faced his toughest test of the tournament as he took on ninth-seeded Mark Oljaca of Bradenton, Fla., in a fourth-round match. Smith needed three sets, but advanced with a hard-fought 6-1, 4-6, 6-2 win. He will take on fellow San Diegan Timothy Sah in Friday’s quarterfinals at 10:30 a.m. (PDT).

“He (Oljaca) really upped his level in the second set. He started playing much better. He started going for the forehand and the slice was working for him. It was tough going three,” Smith said. “Tomorrow is going to be a tough one. Timmy is a good friend and it’s always hard playing a friend. He’s playing good. It should be interesting. It’s definitely going to be a battle. It’s going to be a good match.”

In the biggest upset of the tournament so far, unseeded Xavier Smith of Chula Vista, Calif., ousted second-seeded Stefan Menichella of Santa Barbara, Calif., 6-4, 6-3 in fourth-round action on Court No. 9. Smith is an assistant coach for the women’s tennis team at University of California, San Diego.  Menichella was a singles finalist at last year’s USTA National Open Hard Court Championships.

Tournament officials have announced times for the men’s and women’s singles finals on Sunday, June 4.  The women’s singles final will begin at 11 a.m.  The men’s singles final is scheduled to begin at noon.

For complete scores and results, along with updated draws for each division, please go:
http://tennislink.usta.com/tournaments/TournamentHome/Tournament.aspx?T=186158

Matches will begin at 9 a.m. Friday, June 2 and Saturday, June 3. Admission for spectators is free and open to the public. On-site parking is free.

The champions in each division will be awarded a USTA gold ball, while the runner-up receive a USTA silver ball. There will also be a 3rd/4th place playoff for the USTA bronze ball.  Prize money will be distributed to both finalists as well as third and fourth place finishers in each division.

The USTA National Open Hard Court Championships, which was voted, “2011 Tournament of the Year” by the San Diego District Tennis Association, has had several distinguished participants in past events. U.S. Davis Cup star Jack Sock, who is currently at No. 15 in the ATP World Tour singles rankings (as of 5/29/17), won the Men’s Singles Championship in 2010. Coco Vandeweghe, a semifinalist at this year’s Australian Open, earned a USTA bronze ball at the 2007 Hard Court Championships. Former WTA touring professionals Gretchen Rush and Ros Nideffer won the Women’s Open Doubles title seven times, while Allison Bradshaw captured the Women’s Open Singles title in 2007.

The 2017 USTA National Open Hard Court Championships are sponsored by Wilson, San Diego District Tennis Association, United States Tennis Association, Graphic Interfaces, Clif Bar, Diadem, Minuteman Press of Mission Valley, CH Court Tech, Echo Sports & Third World Sports, Inc., San Diego Aviators, Kashi, and Martinis Above Fourth | Table + Stage.

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USTA National Open Hard Court Championships
Balboa Tennis Club
San Diego
Thursday’s Results

Men’s Singles
Fourth Round
Keegan Smith (1), San Diego, def. Mark Oljaca (9), Bradenton, Fla., 6-1, 4-6, 6-2
Xavier Smith, Chula Vista, def. Stefan Menichella (2), Santa Barbara, Calif., 6-4, 6-3
Emmanuel Mensah, (4), San Diego, def. Saxon Buehning, Essex Fells, N.J. 6-2, 6-2
Ryan Seggerman (5), Coronado, def. Nicholas Shamma (9), Glendale, Calif., 4-6, 6-3 6-3
Timothy Sah (6), San Diego, def. Ivan Thamma (9), San Diego, 4-6, 6-0, 7-5
Billy Rowe (7), Coronado, def. Nicholas Kamisar (9), Sammamish, Wash., withdrew (ill)
Brandon Nakashima (8), San Diego, def. Corey Lunsford, Riverside, Calif., 6-0, 6-0
Kevin Lynch (9), Colorado Springs, Colo., def. Anthony Gomez, Beverly Hills, Calif., 6-2, 6-2

Women’s Singles
Third Round
Jessica Failla (1), Ramona, def. Anna Ustinoff, Encino, Calif., 6-2, 6-2
Dominique Schaefer (3), Newbury Park, Calif., def. Cassidy Ferrell, San Diego, 6-0, 6-1
Hannah Zhao (4), San Diego, def. Emma Pieroni, Dallas, 6-0, 6-0
Annette Goulak (5), Oak Park, Calif., def. Britt Pursell, Oceanside, 6-3, 6-2
Kelly Chen (5), Cerritos, Calif., def. Ilana Oleynik, Pacific Palisades, Calif., 6-0, 6-1
Jennifer Kerr (5), Carlsbad, def. Stephanie Luk, Millbrae, Calif., 5-7, 6-2, 6-2
Sydney Van Alphen (5), Laguna Beach, Calif. def. Hiromi Sasano, La Mesa, Calif., 6-4, 6-4

For complete tournament results, go to:
http://tennislink.usta.com/tournaments/TournamentHome/Tournament.aspx?T=186158#&&s=8Results0

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Top Seed and Defending Champion Jessica Failla Advances at USTA National Open Hard Court Championships


TOP SEED AND DEFENDING CHAMPION JESSICA FAILLA ADVANCES TO
THIRD ROUND AT USTA NATIONAL OPEN HARD COURT CHAMPIONSHIPS
Men’s No. 1 Seed Keegan Smith Moves into 4th Round with Straight-Set Win
San Diego, Calif. – (May 31, 2017) –  Top-seeded Jessica Failla of Ramona, Calif., started her title defense at the USTA National Open Hard Court Championships with a straight set victory, but it wasn’t easy as she needed nearly 2 ½ hours to get past Summer Dvorak of Laguna Beach, Calif., 6-4, 6-4 in a second-round match at the Balboa Tennis Club.

Failla, who received a first-round bye, fell behind the 19-year-old Dvorak 4-1 in the opening set, but recovered to win five consecutive games to secure the first set. In the second set, which was highlighted by numerous long rallies, the defending champion used a late service break against Dvorak, a hard-hitting baseliner who plays collegiate tennis for Vanderbilt University, to close out the match.

“I feel like a played pretty well. I had a really tough opponent. I just tried to focus on my game and do my best every point. She was a really consistent player so I needed to be aggressive, but at the same time, not make many errors. I focused on hitting my shots, coming to the net and minimizing those errors,” Failla said following her victory.

“This is the toughest year I’ve ever seen in this tournament. It’s bringing more great tennis to San Diego, having a lot of super tough players every round. As you can see from my (first) round, it’s really tough,” said Failla, who will take on unseeded Anna Ustinoff of Encino, Calif., in a third-round match scheduled for Thursday at 11:30 a.m.

In the men’s singles draw, top-seeded Keegan Smith of San Diego (Point Loma) eliminated unseeded Alexander Rushin of Rancho Santa Fe, Calif., 6-3, 6-3 to reach the fourth round. The 18-year-old Smith will play ninth-seeded Mark Oljaca of Bradenton, Fla., at 10 a.m. on Thursday.

Two-time defending singles champion Emanuel Mensah of Chula Vista, Calif., also advanced as he breezed past Ryan Lee of La Canada Flintridge, Calif., 6-0, 6-1. Mensah, the No. 4 seed, will have a fourth-round meeting against unseeded Saxon Buehning of Essex Fells, N.J. on Thursday at 10:30 a.m.

For complete scores and results, along with updated draws for each division, please go to:
http://tennislink.usta.com/tournaments/TournamentHome/Tournament.aspx?T=186158

Matches will begin at 9 a.m. Thursday, June 1 through Saturday, June 3. The finals are scheduled to begin at noon on Sunday, June 4. (All times are PDT) Admission for spectators is free and open to the public. On-site parking is free.

The champions in each division will be awarded a USTA gold ball, while the runner-up receive a USTA silver ball. There will also be a 3rd/4th place playoff for the USTA bronze ball.  Prize money will be distributed to both finalists as well as third and fourth place finishers in each division.

The USTA National Open Hard Court Championships, which was voted, “2011 Tournament of the Year” by the San Diego District Tennis Association, has had several distinguished participants in past events. U.S. Davis Cup star Jack Sock, who is currently at No. 15 in the ATP World Tour singles rankings (as of 5/29/17), won the Men’s Singles Championship in 2010. Coco Vandeweghe, a semifinalist at this year’s Australian Open, earned a USTA bronze ball at the 2007 Hard Court Championships. Former WTA touring professionals Gretchen Rush and Ros Nideffer won the Women’s Open Doubles title seven times, while Allison Bradshaw captured the Women’s Open Singles title in 2007.

The 2017 USTA National Open Hard Court Championships are sponsored by Wilson, San Diego District Tennis Association, United States Tennis Association, Graphic Interfaces, Clif Bar, Diadem, Minuteman Press of Mission Valley, CH Court Tech, Echo Sports & Third World Sports, Inc., San Diego Aviators, Kashi, and Martinis Above Fourth | Table + Stage.

About The Balboa Tennis Club
In addition to the USTA National Open Hard Court Championships, the Balboa Tennis Club is the site for many prestigious tournaments throughout the year, such as the Maureen Connolly Balboa Open, the San Diego District Championships, the San Diego Metropolitan Tournament. The club, which is also the home of the San Diego Tennis Hall of Fame, boasts over 1,400 members, and is visited by approximately 6,000 day pass visitors each year. As a nonprofit organization, Balboa Tennis Club is dedicated to offering the finest facilities at an affordable price to help foster and develop the great game of tennis in San Diego.

The history of the Balboa Tennis Club dates back to 1922 when a small group of tennis enthusiasts raised $5,000 among themselves, and with the cooperation from the City Recreation Department, constructed six tennis courts adjacent to the present War Memorial Building.

On April 24, 1924, the San Diego Tennis Association received a lease to operate the courts for the public. The following year, a small clubhouse with locker rooms was built, but it was not until June 1939 that Articles of Incorporation were drawn up, and the Balboa Tennis Club actually was formed as a public, nonprofit corporation to foster and develop the game of tennis in San Diego….and to encourage competitive play with other clubs of this and other communities.

The club flourished many years at its original location and aided many young players in developing their games. In June 1966, the club moved to its present location and in July, 1983, assumed all the operational responsibilities of the Morley Field Tennis Complex. In 1989 Balboa Tennis Club was rated as America’s Best Public Tennis Facility by the USTA. In 2000, the San Diego District Tennis Association named BTC as Club of the Year. In 2003, it received the Outstanding Tennis Facility award from the USTA for large facilities in the United States.

 

USTA National Open Hard Court Championships
Balboa Tennis Club
San Diego
Wednesday’s Results

Men’s Singles
Third Round
Keegan Smith (1), San Diego, def. Alexander Rushin, Rancho Santa Fe, 6-3, 6-3
Emmanuel Mensah (4), San Diego, def. Ryan Lee, La Canada Flintridge, Calif., 6-0, 6-1
Billy Rowe (7), Coronado, def. Jarod Hing, Paradise Valley, Ariz., 6-1, 6-2
Brandon Nakashima (8), San Diego, def. Arnav Mohanty, Roswell, Ga., 6-3, 6-0
Mark Oljaca (9), Bradenton, Fla., def. Yousef Benhamida, San Diego, 7-6, 1-6, 6-4
Nicholas Kamisar (9), Sammamish, Wash., def. Christopher Papa, Cypress, Calif., 6-1, 6-1
Corey Lunsford, Riverside, Calif., def. Mark Meyer, Danville, Calif., 6-3, 6-2
Saxon Buehning, Essex Fells, N.J., def. Jesse Ross, Ojai, Calif., 6-0, 5-7, 6-0
Anthony Gomez, Beverly Hills, Calif., def. Daniel De La Torre, San Diego, 6-3, 6-0

Women’s Singles
Second Round
Jessica Failla (1), Ramona, def. Summer Dvorak, Laguna Beach, 6-4, 6-4
Dominique Schaefer (3), Newbury Park, Calif., def. Ashley Chao, San Diego, 6-1, 6-0
Hannah Zhao (4), San Diego, def. Alexa Corcoleotes, Hillsborough, Calif., 6-0, 6-1
Jennifer Kerr (5), Carlsbad, def. Aimee Tarun, Winnetka, Ill., 4-6, 6-1, 6-0
Annette Goulak (5), Oak Park, Calif., def. Ryan Peus, Palos Verdes Estates, Calif., 6-1, 6-0
Sydney Van Alphen (5), Laguna Beach, Calif., def. Ellen Ashley, Plantation, Fla., 6-1, 6-2
Kelly Chen (5), Cerritos, Calif., def. Kristine Kouyoumjian, Torrance, Calif., 6-0, 6-1
Britt Pursell, Oceanside, def. Maika Adair, San Diego, 6-2, 6-0
Stephanie Luk, Millbrae, Calif., def. Brooke Biddle, Dallas, 6-3, 6-2
Cassidy Ferrell, San Diego, def. Alexandra Yeager, Georgetown, Texas, 6-2, 6-3
Ilana Oleynik, Pacific Palisades, Calif., def. Camila Gill, San Diego, 6-0, 6-0
Anna Ustinoff, Encino, Calif., def. Sylvia Schenck, Palm Harbor, Fla., 6-1, 6-1
Emma Pieroni, Dallas, def. Julia Jordan, Orange, Calif., withdrew (injury)
Hiromi Sasano, La Mesa, def. Ofelia Lopez, Chula Vista, Calif., withdrew (ill)

For complete tournament scores and results, go to:
http://tennislink.usta.com/tournaments/TournamentHome/Tournament.aspx?T=186158#&&s=8Results0

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Top Seed Keegan Smith Advances at USTA National Open Hard Court Championships

TOP SEED KEEGAN SMITH ADVANCES TO THIRD ROUND
AT USTA NATIONAL OPEN HARD COURT CHAMPIONSHIPS

Wednesday’s Matches to Begin at 9 a.m. (PDT) at Balboa Tennis Club
San Diego, Calif. – (May 30, 2017) –  Top-seeded Keegan Smith of San Diego (Point Loma) began his quest for the men’s singles titles at the USTA National Open Hard Court Championships on a successful note as he dispatched fellow San Diegan Tristen Shaw 6-2, 6-1 in second round action on a cool, overcast morning at the Balboa Tennis Club.

The 18-year-old Smith, who will begin playing collegiate tennis for UCLA later this fall, advances to the third round, where he will face unseeded Alexander Rushin of Rancho Santa Fe, Calif., on Wednesday at 12:30 p.m. (PDT).

“There are a lot of good players in the draw. I wasn’t expecting to get the No. 1 seed. I’m excited and trying to get matches to get ready for college and improve my game,” Smith said. “I need match play and that will help me the most before I head off to UCLA. I love tennis and I love playing. It’s just awesome coming out here.”

Second-seeded Stefan Menichella, last year’ singles finalist, cruised into the third round with a 6-0, 6-0 victory over Jadon Clifton of Gilbert, Ariz. The 22-year-old Menichella recently completed his senior year at Pepperdine University where he played four seasons of collegiate tennis.

Two-time defending singles champion Emanuel Mensah of San Diego (Imperial Beach) also advanced to the third round as he eased past Spencer Hing of Phoenix 6-2, 6-1. Mensah is seeded fourth in this year’s tournament.

Defending women’s singles champion Jessica Failla of Ramona, Calif., who received a first-round bye, will play her opening singles match against Summer Dvorak of Laguna Beach, Calif., on Wednesday at 11 a.m. (PDT).  Failla is the top seed in the women’s draw.

Monica Robinson of Valley Center, Calif., the women’s second seed, moved into the third round as she defeated Cydnee Wilkinson of Washington, Utah, 6-0, 6-1. Robinson, who won the tournament singles title in 2014, will take on unseeded Alexandra Kuo of La Jolla on Thursday at 4 p.m. (PDT).

For complete scores and results, along with updated draws for each division, please go to:
http://tennislink.usta.com/tournaments/TournamentHome/Tournament.aspx?T=186158


 

USTA National Open Hard Court Championships
Balboa Tennis Club
San Diego
Tuesday’s Results

Men’s Singles
Second Round
Keegan Smith (1), San Diego, def. Tristen Shaw, San Diego, 6-2, 6-1
Stefan Menichella (2), Santa Barbara, Calif., def. Jadon Clifton, Gilbert, Ariz., 6-0, 6-0
Emmanuel Mensah (4), San Diego, def. Spencer Hing, Phoenix, 6-2, 6-1
Timothy Sah, (6), San Diego, def. Chris Palacio, El Centro, Calif., 6-1, 6-0
Billy Rowe (7), Coronado, def. Dustin Goldenberg, Boca Raton, Fla., 6-1, 6-2
Corey Lunsford, Riverside, Calif., def. Augustus Ge (9), Phoenix, 7-6 (6), 4-2, Ret. (injury)
Saxon Buehning, Essex Fells, N.J., def. Danny Ballez, Chula Vista, 6-0, 6-0
Charley Force, Jacksonville, Fla., def. Eric Dishington, Lompoc, Calif., 6-0, 6-0
Yousef Benhamida, San Diego, def. Kyle Hickey, Lexington, Mass., 6-1, 6-1
Mark Oljaca (9), Bradenton, Fla., def. Ryan Dehmoubed, Cardiff,7-5, 6-1
Alexander Rushin, Rancho Santa Fe, def. Marcelo Hernandez-Gamez, San Ysidro, 6-0, 6-0
Jarod Hing, Paradise Valley, Ariz., def. Michael Barnes, Julian, 6-0, 6-0
Nicholas Kamisar (9), Sammamish, Wash., def. Kevin Karoub, Carlsbad, 6-1, 6-0
Jesse Ross, Ojai, Calif., def. Denny Fafek (9), San Diego, 0-6, 7-6 (5), 6-3
Ryan Lee, La Canada Flintridge, Calif., def. Raul De La Torre, San Diego, 6-4, 2-6, 6-2
Daniel De La Torre, San Diego, def. Jacob Brumm (3), Rancho Santa Fe, Withdrew (injury)

Women’s Singles
First Round
Alexa Corcoleotes Hillsborough, Calif., def. Constanza Aranguiz, Chino, Calif., 6-1-6-2
Summer Dvorak Laguna Beach, Calif., def. Tory Parravi, San Diego, 6-0, 6-0
Ryan Peus, Palos Verdes Estates, Calif., def. Sophia Bursulaya, Escondido, 7-6 (6), 4-2, Ret. (injury)
Ashley Chao, San Diego, def. Susan Witwer, Glenview, Ill., 6-0, 6-0

Second Round
Monica Robinson (2), Valley Center, def. Cydnee Wilkinson, Washington, Utah, 6-0, 6-1
Alexandra Kuo, La Jolla, def. Cynthia Delgado, La Jolla, 6-1, 6-0

For complete tournament results, go to:
http://tennislink.usta.com/tournaments/TournamentHome/Tournament.aspx?T=186158#&&s=8Results0

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Summary and Results – USTA National Open Hard Court Championships 

 

AFTER RECEIVING FIRST-ROUND BYES, TOP MEN’S SEEDS IN ACTION
ON TUESDAY AT USTA NATIONAL OPEN HARD COURT CHAMPIONSHIPS

Defending Women’s Champion Jessica Failla to Play First Match on Wednesday
San Diego, Calif. – (May 29, 2017) –  After a full schedule of first-round action on Opening Day of the USTA National Open Hard Court Championships at the Balboa Tennis Club, the men’s seeds, who received first-round byes, will take center stage at the tournament on Tuesday.

Top-seeded Keegan Smith of San Diego (Point Loma) will play his first match at 9 a.m. (PDT) against fellow San Diegan Tristen Shaw. Smith, who will begin his collegiate tennis career later this fall at UCLA, captured the California Interscholastic Federation San Diego Section boys’ singles title in 2015 and 2016.

Stefan Menichella, a singles finalist at last year’s USTA National Open Hard Court Championships, is seeded second. The 22-year-old Menichella just completed his senior year at Pepperdine University, where he played four seasons of collegiate tennis. He will face Jadon Clifton of Gilbert, Ariz., at 2 p.m. (PDT).

Two-time men’s defending singles champion Emanuel Mensah of San Diego (Imperial Beach), is seeded fourth. Mensah, a former Davis Cup player in his native country of Ghana, is scheduled to play Spencer Hing of Phoenix at 9 a.m. (PDT).

The top-seed in the women’s singles division is defending champion Jessica Failla of Ramona, Calif., who just completed her sophomore season at USC.  This past season, Failla compiled an overall singles record of 21-7 in helping the Trojans finish 2017 with an overall record of 13-10. After receiving a first-round bye, Failla will play her first match on Wednesday at 11 a.m. (PDT).

The women’s second seed is Monica Robinson of Valley Center, Calif., a former USTA National Open Hard Court singles champion who won the title in 2014. Earlier this month, Robinson finished her senior year at the University of Notre Dame, where she played in the No. 1 position in singles and doubles for the Fighting Irish this past season. On May 15, Robinson was named as the recipient of the prestigious ITA/Arthur Ashe Sportsmanship and Leadership Award for the Midwest Region. She will play her opening match on Tuesday at 10 a.m. (PDT).

Other women’s singles seeds include fourth-seeded Hannah Zhao of San Diego, who won the CIF San Diego Section Girls’ Singles title in 2014 and Jennifer Kerr of Carlsbad, Calif., the CIF San Diego Section Girls’ Singles champion in 2015 and 2016.

For the complete list of seeded players and draws for each division, please go to:
http://tennislink.usta.com/tournaments/TournamentHome/Tournament.aspx?T=186158

Matches will begin at 9 a.m. Tuesday, May 30 through Saturday, June 3. The finals are scheduled to begin at noon on Sunday, June 4. (All times are PDT) Admission for spectators is free and open to the public. On-site parking is free.

The champions in each division will be awarded a USTA gold ball, while the runner-up receive a USTA silver ball. There will also be a 3rd/4th place playoff for the USTA bronze ball.  Prize money will be distributed to both finalists as well as third and fourth place finishers in each division.

The USTA National Open Hard Court Championships, which was voted, “2011 Tournament of the Year” by the San Diego District Tennis Association, has had several distinguished participants in past events. U.S. Davis Cup star Jack Sock, who is currently at a career-high No. 14 in the ATP World Tour singles rankings (as of 5/15/17), won the Men’s Singles Championship in 2010. Coco Vandeweghe, a semifinalist at this year’s Australian Open, earned a USTA bronze ball at the 2007 Hard Court Championships. Former WTA touring professionals Gretchen Rush and Ros Nideffer won the Women’s Open Doubles title seven times, while Allison Bradshaw captured the Women’s Open Singles title in 2007.

 

USTA National Open Hard Court Championships
Balboa Tennis Club
San Diego
Monday’s Results

Men’s Singles
First Round
Dustin Goldenberg, Boca Raton, Fla., def. Jared Thompkins, San Diego, 7-6 (1), 6-4
Jesse Ross, Ojai, Calif., def. Arsav Mohanty, Roswell, Ga., 7-5, 6-4
Ferny Avila, San Antonio, def. James Lievers, Escondido, 6-4, 6-3
Danny Ballez, Chula Vista, def. Richard Jackson, Las Vegas, 6-3, 6-4
Raul De La Torre, San Diego, def. Adam Cohen, Scottsdale, Ariz., 6-1, 6-1
Spencer Hing, Phoenix, def. Srikar Kuchibhotla, Lebanon, Ohio, 6-0, 6-1
Kelly Dickson, Temecula, Calif., def. Maxwell Weishan, San Diego, 6-3, 6-2
Andy Chang, Rancho Santa Fe, def. Floyd Penners, Joshua Tree, Calif., 6-4, 6-1
Chris Palacio, El Centro, Calif., def. Keanu Horner, Gilbert, Ariz., 6-0, 6-0
Tristen Shaw, San Diego, def. Rand Hogen, La Jolla, 6-1, 6-0
Ryan Dehmoubed, Cardiff, def. James Miller, Los Angeles, 6-2, 6-0
Pratt Keerasuntonpong, San Diego, def. Jesse Steinberg, Del Mar, 6-0, 6-3
Zac Brodney, Los Angeles, def. Erik Tammaru, San Diego, 6-0, 6-1
Sean Robles, Yorba Linda, Calif., def. Jose Ruvalcaba, San Diego, 6-0, 6-0
Riley Vickers, La Jolla, def. Christopher Daniels, Los Angeles, 6-2, 6-3
Corey Lunsford, Riverside, Calif., def. Thomas Geaney, San Diego, 6-0, 6-0
Arnav Mohanty, Roswell, Ga., def. Rico Gore, Washington D.C., 6-0, 6-0
Jarod Hing, Paradise Valley, Ariz., def. Thiago Barbosa, Glendale, Ariz., 6-4, 6-2
Kevin Karoub, Carlsbad, def. Dimitri Doan, Corona, Calif., 6-1, 6-4
Daniel Lempa, Palm Desert, Calif., def. Todd Marchner, La Jolla, 6-2, 6-0
Yousef Benhamida, San Diego, def. Dion Earl, Mesa, Ariz., 6-0, 6-0
David Sutton, Greensboro, N.C.  def.  Christian Hausman, Los Angeles, 6-3, 6-2
Xavier Smith, Chula Vista, def.  Andrew MacFarlane, San Diego, 6-3, 6-4
Gabriel Evans, San Antonio, def. Teo Ortuno, Spring Valley, 6-1, 6-1
Luis Argote, San Diego, def. Gabriele Boccaccini, La Jolla, 6-0, 6-4
Daniel De La Torre, San Diego, def. Jack Hogan, La Jolla, 6-4, 6-2
Trent Aaron, San Diego, def. Tony Lopez, Kearney, Neb., 6-0, 6-3
Alexander Rushin, Rancho Santa Fe, def. Thomas Tomczak, Glendale, N.Y., default
Ian Ross, Altadena, Calif., def. George Newton, Pass Christian, Miss., default

For complete tournament results, go to:
http://tennislink.usta.com/tournaments/TournamentHome/Tournament.aspx?T=186158#&&s=8Results0

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2017 National Wounded Warrior Tennis Camp To Be Held at Balboa Tennis Club

SIXTH ANNUAL NATIONAL WOUNDED WARRIOR TENNIS CAMP SET FOR
MAY 15-18, 2017 AT SAN DIEGO’S HISTORIC BALBOA TENNIS CLUB

Over 50 U.S. Service Members and Military Veterans Will Participate

San Diego, Calif. – (April 26, 2017) – The sixth annual National Wounded Warrior Tennis Camp will take place Monday, May 15 through Thursday, May18, 2017 at the Balboa Tennis Club located at 2221 Morley Field Dr, San Diego, CA 92104.

Over 50 wounded, ill, and injured service members and military veterans from across the country will participate in the Tennis Camp, which is being hosted by the San Diego District Tennis Association (SDDTA), in collaboration with the United States Tennis Association, Naval Medical Center San Diego, and the Balboa Tennis Club.

The camp, which will offer on-court sessions from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. each day, will focus on helping participants improve their tennis skills through game-based clinics and instruction in an upbeat, fun-filled atmosphere.  The camp also provides emotional benefits and helps with community re-integration.

Fundraising efforts are currently underway to help cover all participants’ airfare, lodging, meals, transportation, tennis equipment and instruction. The San Diego District Tennis Association is accepting contributions through its 501(c)(3) fiscal agent, Tennis Lovers For Charity, which are tax deductable. Checks may be made to “Tennis Lovers for Charity” and mailed to SDDTA, 2221 Morley Field Dr., San Diego, CA 92104.

“This tennis camp continues each year to touch the lives of these special service members and military veterans in such a positive way,” said Steve Kappes, Director of Military Outreach for the SDDTA. “We certainly could not hold this camp without the support of many local and national organizations.”

For more information on the sixth annual National Wounded Warrior Tennis Camp, go to: http://www.sdwoundedwarriortennis.org and www.facebook.com/sdwoundedwarriorstennis.

The camp will be led by Balboa Tennis Club’s Tennis Director, Geoff Griffin, a USPTA-certified teaching professional for over 25 years, and other professional tennis instructors from the club. All have been involved in the club’s Wounded Warrior Tennis Program since its inception in 2009. Support staff from Naval Medical Center San Diego will assist, along with trained volunteers from the tennis community.

About the Wounded Warrior Tennis Program – Since 2009, the Balboa Tennis Club, in collaboration with Naval Medical Center San Diego (NMCSD) and the San Diego District Tennis Association, has provided hundreds of free weekly tennis clinics to more than 800 wounded, ill, and injured service members and veterans from all the military services as part of NMCSD’s Wounded, Ill, and Injured Wellness Division of its Health and Wellness Department.

These military tennis clinics and tennis camps have been recognized for their excellence and impact by Congressional and local representatives, senior officials from the Department of Defense and Veterans Affairs, and the leadership of the United States Tennis Association. They have become the model for similar tennis programs for wounded, ill, and injured service members and veterans that have been established at other major military medical centers, Warrior Transition Units, and VA hospitals across the country.

The Wounded Warrior Tennis Program has made a positive impact in the lives of wounded, ill, and injured service members and veterans. Therapeutically, tennis has helped them work on eye-hand coordination, balance, ability to transfer weight, endurance, strength, and overall fitness. In addition to the physical benefits, tennis enables them to learn a new sport, promotes socialization, decreases stress and anxiety, and helps with re-integration into the community.

About The Balboa Tennis Club – The Balboa Tennis Club (BTC), which dates back to 1922, was rated as America’s Best Public Tennis Facility by the USTA in 1989. In 2000, the San Diego District Tennis Association named BTC as Club of the Year and in 2003, it received the Outstanding Tennis Facility award from the USTA for large facilities in the United States.

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Emmanuel Mensah Defends USTA National Open Hard Court Singles Title

Emmanuel Mensah

San Diego, Calif. – (June 5, 2016) – Top-seed and defending champion Emmanuel Mensah of Imperial Beach, Calif., won his second straight USTA National Open Hard Court singles title with a 7-5, 6-1 victory over eighth-seeded Stefan Menichella of Santa Barbara, Calif., in the men’s final at the Balboa Tennis Club.

Mensah matched the hard-serving Menichella, who plays collegiate tennis for Pepperdine University, game for game in a spectacular start to the opening set. After holding serve in the 11th game to take a 6-5 lead, Mensah hit a winning backhand service return on double break point to break Menichella’s powerful serve and secure the first set.

In the second set, Mensah took command, winning six of the next seven games, as he varied the pace of his game and hit low shots to keep the 6-foot-5-inch Menichella off-balance. Mensah, a former Davis Cup player in his native country of Ghana, went on to close out the match in one-hour and 50 minutes.

“I would like to congratulate Stefan. He played an amazing match today. I got lucky on some of the crucial points. He likes to hit big, he’s a big guy. I tried to keep the balls low and bring him in because I know he’s very solid at the baseline. Everything worked well for me,” Mensah said.

“Defending the title makes me feel good. Winning the title the first time was a very happy moment in my life, the second time, it’s double happiness,” Mensah added. “It’s an honor to win this tournament. A lot of good players have won it, so I’m proud to be among them.”

Top-seeded Jessica Failla captured the women’s singles title as the 18-year-old from Ramona, Calif., dominated second-seeded Salma Ewing of Long Beach, Calif., 6-0, 6-2 in the final, which took one-hour and 25 minutes to complete.

“It feels amazing. It’s a great feeling. I love this tournament so much,” Failla said. “I haven’t been able to play it the last couple of years, but I’m so glad I was able to be here in my hometown and at Balboa, it’s so beautiful.”

Failla was asked about having to face Ewing, a talented 15-year-old junior player, in the title match. “She’s the type of player you have to stay on because she has a really good game. She hits really hard and is always looking to come in. I just tried to do my best and play every single point to the best of my ability,” Failla said.

The winners of each division of the USTA National Open Hard Court Championships were awarded a USTA gold ball, while the runner-up received a USTA silver ball. A 3rd/4th place playoff took place for the USTA bronze ball. Prize money was distributed to both finalists as well as third and fourth place finishers in each division.

The men’s singles champion received a wild card into the qualifying draw for this year’s USTA Men’s $10K Pro Futures tournament in Laguna Niguel, Calif., while the women’s singles champion earned a qualifying wild card for next year’s $25,000 Morgan Run Women’s Open at Morgan Run Club & Resort in Rancho Santa Fe, Calif.

USTA National Open Hard Court Championships
Balboa Tennis Club
San Diego, Calif.
Sunday’s Results

Men’s Singles
Championship
Emmanuel Mensah (1), Imperial Beach, def. Stefan Menichella (8), Santa Barbara, Calif., 7-5, 6-1

Men’s Doubles
Championship
Stefan Menichella and Spencer Simon, Santa Barbara, Calif., def. Sebastian Bader (5), San Juan Capistrano, Calif., and Xavier Smith, Chula Vista, 6-3, 6-4

Women’s Singles
Championship
Jessica Failla (1), Ramona, def. Salma Ewing (2), Long Beach, Calif., 6-0, 6-2

Women’s Doubles
Championship
Kaitlyn Christian (1), Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., and Jessica Failla, Ramona, def. Alexa Corcoleotes (2), Hillsborough, Calif., and Salma Ewing, Long Beach, Calif., 6-2, 6-2

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Friday’s Summary & Results — USTA National Open Hard Court Championships

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San Diego, Calif. – (June 3, 2016) – It wasn’t easy, but the top seeds at the USTA National Open Hard Court Championships scored straight-set victories over tough opponents to advance to Saturday’s singles semifinals at the historic Balboa Tennis Club.

Emmanuel Mensah of Imperial Beach, Calif., the men’s No. 1 seed and defending champion, got past ninth-seeded David Goulak of Oak Park, Calif., 6-4, 6-4 in the quarterfinals, while Jessica Failla, the women’s top-seed from Ramona, Calif., fought off a second-set set comeback against fifth-seeded Maya Smith of Houston and went on to win 6-1, 7-5.

The 27-year-old Mensah, a native of Ghana where he played Davis Cup, will play Tim Sah of San Diego in a semifinal match scheduled for 10:30 a.m. (PDT).  Sah, the fourth-seed, eliminated sixth-seeded Brian Battistone of Las Vegas, in a thrilling quarterfinal match, 6-4, 7-5.

In the women’s quarterfinals, Failla won the first set handily and looked to be in command in the second set, but the momentum shifted.  “I was up a set and 4-1 and then she (Smith) really changed her game. She had a big serve and started coming to net. It was tough for me,” Failla said. “I just tried to fight through it. I knew she was going to be really tough. I just stuck to my game plan and stayed focused out there.”

Failla, who plays collegiate tennis for the University of Southern California, will take on fifth-seed Michalle Okhremchuk of San Diego in the semifinals at 9 a.m. (PDT).  Okhremchuk ousted fourth-seeded Kristina Smith of Laguna Niguel, Calif., 6-3, 7-6 (4) in another quarterfinal match.

The 18-year-old Failla grew up playing at the Balboa Tennis Club and is enjoying competing at this week’s national tennis tournament close to home. “I played here ever since I was young. I love the courts, they’re pretty quick,” she said. “I love being here in my hometown and not having to deal with hotels and flights.”

In other men’s quarterfinal action, second-seeded Nicholas Kamisar of Sammamish, Wash., defeated fifth-seeded Saxon Buehning (5), Essex Fells, N.J., 6-3, 6-4. Kamisar will face eighth-seeded Stefan Menichella of Santa Barbara, Calif., in the semifinals at 10:30 a.m. (PDT).

For a complete list of seeded players and updated men’s and women’s singles draws, go to: http://tennislink.usta.com/Tournaments/TournamentHome/Tournament.aspx?T=162217

Matches will begin at 9 a.m. (PDT) on Saturday, June 4. The men’s and women’s singles finals are slated for noon on Sunday, June 5. Admission for spectators is free and open to the public. On-site parking is free.

The winners of each division of the USTA National Open Hard Court Championships will be awarded a USTA gold ball, while the runner-up will be awarded a USTA silver ball. There will also be a 3rd/4th place playoff for the USTA bronze ball.  Prize money will be distributed to both finalists as well as third and fourth place finishers in each division.

The men’s singles champion will receive a wild card into the qualifying draw for this year’s USTA Men’s $10K Pro Futures tournament in Laguna Niguel, Calif., while the women’s singles champion will earn a qualifying wild card for next year’s $25,000 Morgan Run Women’s Open at Morgan Run Club & Resort in Rancho Santa Fe.

The USTA National Open Hard Court Championships, which was voted, “2011 Tournament of the Year” by the San Diego District Tennis Association, has had several distinguished participants in past events. American men’s tennis star Jack Sock, who is currently No. 25 in the ATP World Tour singles rankings (as of 5/16/16), won the tournament singles title in 2010. Coco Vandeweghe, a quarterfinalist at Wimbledon last year, earned a USTA bronze ball at the 2007 Hard Court Championships. Former WTA touring professionals Gretchen Rush and Ros Nideffer won the Women’s Open Doubles title seven times and Alison Bradshaw won the singles title in 2007.

The 2016 USTA National Open Hard Court Championships are sponsored by Wilson, San Diego District Tennis Association, United States Tennis Association, Graphic Interfaces, Kashi, LGBT Chiropractic, Minuteman Press of Mission Valley, CH Court Tech, Echo Sports & Third World Sports, Inc., Bauer Insurance, the San Diego Aviators, and Martinis Above Fourth | Table + Stage.

About The Balboa Tennis Club
In addition to the USTA National Open Hard Court Championships, the Balboa Tennis Club is the site for many prestigious tournaments throughout the year, such as the Maureen Connolly Balboa Open, the San Diego District Championships, and the San Diego Metropolitan Tournament. The club, which is also the home of the San Diego Tennis Hall of Fame, boasts over 1,400 members, and is visited by approximately 6,000 day pass visitors each year. As a nonprofit organization, Balboa Tennis Club is dedicated to offering the finest facilities at an affordable price to help foster and develop the great game of tennis in San Diego.

The history of the Balboa Tennis Club dates back to 1922 when a small group of tennis enthusiasts raised $5,000 among themselves, and with the cooperation from the City Recreation Department, constructed six tennis courts adjacent to the present War Memorial Building.

On April 24, 1924, the San Diego Tennis Association received a lease to operate the courts for the public. The following year, a small clubhouse with locker rooms was built, but it was not until June 1939 that Articles of Incorporation were drawn up, and the Balboa Tennis Club actually was formed as a public, nonprofit corporation to foster and develop the game of tennis in San Diego and to encourage competitive play with other clubs of this and other communities.

The club flourished many years at its original location and aided many young players in developing their games. In June 1966, the club moved to its present location and in July 1983, assumed all the operational responsibilities of the Morley Field Tennis Complex. In 1989 Balboa Tennis Club was rated as America’s Best Public Tennis Facility by the USTA. In 2000, the San Diego District Tennis Association named BTC as Club of the Year. In 2003, it received the Outstanding Tennis Facility award from the USTA for large facilities in the United States.

USTA National Open Hard Court Championships
Balboa Tennis Club
San Diego, Calif.
Friday’s ResultsMen’s Singles
Quarterfinals
Emmanuel Mensah (1), Imperial Beach, def. David Goulak (9), Oak Park, Calif., 6-4, 6-4
Nicholas Kamisar (2), Sammamish, Wash., def. Saxon Buehning (5), Essex Fells, N.J., 6-3, 6-4
Timothy Sah (4), San Diego, def. Brian Battistone (6), Las Vegas, 6-4, 7-5
Stefan Menichella (8), Santa Barbara, Calif., def. Xavier Smith (9), Chula Vista, 7-5, 3-0, ret. (injury)

Women’s Singles
Quarterfinals
Jessica Failla (1), Ramona, def. Maya Smith (5), Houston, 6-1, 7-5
Salma Ewing (2), Long Beach, Calif., def. Hiromi Sasano (5), La Mesa, 7-6 (3), 6-2
Parris Todd (5), Newport Beach, Calif., def. Kaitlyn Christian (3), Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., 6-4, 6-0
Michalle Okhremchuk (5), San Diego, def. Kristina Smith (4), Laguna Niguel, Calif., 6-3, 7-6 (4)

For complete scores and results, go to: http://tennislink.usta.com/Tournaments/TournamentHome/Tournament.aspx?T=162217

 

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Thursday’s Summary & Results — USTA National Open Hard Court Championships

 

San Diego, Calif. – (June 2, 2016) – Top-seeded Jessica Failla of Ramona, Calif., began her quest for the women’s singles title at the USTA National Open Hard Court Championships with a dominating 6-0, 6-1 victory over unseeded Brooke Biddle of Dallas at the Balboa Tennis Club.

The 18-year-old Failla, who just completed her first year of intercollegiate tennis at the University of Southern California, moves into Friday’s quarterfinals, where she will meet fifth-seeded Maya Smith of Houston at 9 a.m.

“Everyone in this tournament is really good and I try to do my best every single match. Today I came out and I knew what I needed to do and how I needed to play. I didn’t focus on who I was playing or what round it was. I just focused on myself and what I’ve been working on,” Failla said following her opening match.

Failla, who captured the CIF San Diego Section singles title in 2013, appreciates the opportunity to play a national tennis tournament, like the USTA National Open Hard Court Championships, close to home.

“Tournaments like this help my game so much. The more matches I play, the better I feel about my game. It’s important for me to get a lot of play in this summer before the next college season,” Failla said. “It’s great to have events like this in San Diego…with great players coming from all over.”

In men’s fourth-round action, top-seed and defending champion Emmanuel Mensah of Imperial Beach, Calif., eliminated ninth-seed Jared Thompkins of San Diego 6-3, 6-3. The 27-year-old Mensa, a local tennis teaching professional, advances to the quarterfinal round, where he will face ninth-seeded David Goulak of Oak Park, Calif., at 10:30 a.m. on Friday.

Second-seeded Nicholas Kamisar of Sammamish, Wash., was extended to a first-set tiebreak in his fourth-round match versus ninth-seeded Derek Miller of San Diego, but still advanced with a hard-fought 7-6 (6), 6-4 victory in two-hours and 17 minutes.

The 24-year-old Kamisar, who played collegiate tennis for the University of Washington and Gonzaga University, will take on fifth-seeded Saxon Buehning of Essex Fells, N.J., in Friday’s quarterfinals at 10:30 a.m.

For a complete list of seeded players and updated men’s and women’s singles draws, go to: http://tennislink.usta.com/Tournaments/TournamentHome/Tournament.aspx?T=162217

Matches will begin at 9 a.m. (PDT) on Friday, June 3 and Saturday, June 4. The men’s and women’s singles finals are slated for noon on Sunday, June 5. Admission for spectators is free and open to the public. On-site parking is free.

The winners of each division of the USTA National Open Hard Court Championships will be awarded a USTA gold ball, while the runner-up will be awarded a USTA silver ball. There will also be a 3rd/4th place playoff for the USTA bronze ball.  Prize money will be distributed to both finalists as well as third and fourth place finishers in each division.

The men’s singles champion will receive a wild card into the qualifying draw for this year’s USTA Men’s $10K Pro Futures tournament in Laguna Niguel, Calif., while the women’s singles champion will earn a qualifying wild card for next year’s $25,000 Morgan Run Women’s Open at Morgan Run Club & Resort in Rancho Santa Fe.

The USTA National Open Hard Court Championships, which was voted, “2011 Tournament of the Year” by the San Diego District Tennis Association, has had several distinguished participants in past events. American men’s tennis star Jack Sock, who is currently No. 25 in the ATP World Tour singles rankings (as of 5/16/16), won the tournament singles title in 2010. Coco Vandeweghe, a quarterfinalist at Wimbledon last year, earned a USTA bronze ball at the 2007 Hard Court Championships. Former WTA touring professionals Gretchen Rush and Ros Nideffer won the Women’s Open Doubles title seven times and Alison Bradshaw won the singles title in 2007.

 

USTA National Open Hard Court Championships
Balboa Tennis Club
San Diego, Calif.
Thursday’s Results

Men’s Singles
Fourth Round
Emmanuel Mensah (1), Imperial Beach, def. Jared Thompkins (9), San Diego, 6-3, 6-3
Nicholas Kamisar (2), Sammamish, Wash., def. Derek Miller (9), San Diego, 7-6 (6), 6-4
Timothy Sah (4), San Diego, def. Jamie Vance, Henderson, Nev., 6-0, 6-0
Brian Battistone (6), Las Vegas, def. William LeFevre (9), San Diego, 6-1, 6-4
Stefan Menichella (8), Santa Barbara, Calif., def. Peter Trhac, San Diego, 6-3, 6-1
David Goulak (9), Oak Park, Calif., def. Ryan Seggerman (7), Coronado, 6-4, 6-4
Saxon Buehning (5), Essex Fells, N.J., def. Brendan McClain (9), Ventura, Calif., 4-1, ret. (injury)
Xavier Smith (9), Chula Vista, def. Jacob Brumm (3), Rancho Santa Fe, walkover (injury)

Women’s Singles
Second Round
Jessica Failla (1), Ramona, def. Brooke Biddle, Dallas, 6-0, 6-1
Salma Ewing (2), Long Beach, Calif., def. Aida Garcia, Coronado, 6-1, 6-0
Kristina Smith (4), Laguna Niguel, Calif., def. Cassidy Ferrell, San Diego, 6-1, 6-2
Parris Todd (5), Newport Beach, Calif., def. Amy Huang, San Diego, 6-0, 6-4
Michalle Okhremchuk (5), San Diego, def. Lindsay Brown, San Diego, 6-2, 6-3
Hiromi Sasano (5), La Mesa, def. Soizette Simmons, Brooklyn, N.Y., 6-1, 6-1
Maya Smith (5), Houston, def. Maika Adair, San Diego, 6-2, 6-4
Kaitlyn Christian (3), Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., def. Cydnee Wilkinson, Washington, Utah, 6-0, 6-1

For complete scores and results, go to: http://tennislink.usta.com/Tournaments/TournamentHome/Tournament.aspx?T=16221

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