San Diego, Calif. – (June 7, 2015) – Megan McCray of Oceanside, Calif., and Emmanuel Mensah of Imperial Beach, Calif., captured USTA gold balls as they won singles titles at the USTA National Open Hard Court Championships at the Balboa Tennis Club.
The 19-year-old McCray, who was seeded third, dominated fourth-seeded Jwany Sherif of El Cajon, Calif., winning 6-1, 6-2 in one-hour and 20 minutes. McCray dropped her serve in the opening game, but regrouped and rallied to win 12 of the next 14 games to wrap up the championship.
“I was pretty aggressive and coming in worked for me. One of the keys was not losing my serve again after that first game,” said McCray, who also won the tournament singles title in 2013. “These courts are comfortable for me. I like the fast surface and the pace, it suits my game.”
In the men’s championship, third-seeded Emmanuel Mensah of Imperial Beach, Calif., won his first career USTA gold ball as he defeated seventh-seeded Jacob Brumm of Rancho Santa Fe, Calif., 6-1, 7-5 in one-hour and 35 minutes.
After losing the first set, the 16-year-old Brumm, who just completed his sophomore year at San Diego’s Torrey Pines High School, took a 5-2 in the second set. Just when it looked like the match would be pushed to a third set, Mensah began a furious comeback.
In the end, the experience of Mensah, a local tennis teaching professional, proved too much for Brumm as the 26-year-old native of Ghana swept the final five games of the match to win the title.
“I started getting tired and I realized he (Brumm) was pumped up and wasn’t going to quit. I had to step it up. I pushed myself and I was able to come back in the second set,” Mensah said. “I’m just happy. It’s the highlight of my career.”
It was a day to remember for McCray as she also the captured the women’s doubles and mixed doubles titles to end the tournament with three USTA gold balls.
She teamed in women’s doubles with sister Morgan McCray to defeat Sabastiani Leon of San Diego, and Sydney Van Alphen of Laguna Beach, Calif., 6-0, 6-2. Later in the day, McCray and Alan Chang of Rancho Santa Fe, Calif., won the mixed doubles title over Millie Yablonicky of Encinitas, Calif., and Simon Shen of La Jolla, Calif., 6-2, 6-3
Complete scores and results as well as updated draws for all divisions can be found at:
Former tournament champions include current American star Jack Sock and former touring tennis professionals Gretchen Magers, Rosalyn Nideffer and Allison Bradshaw. The tournament was voted, “2011 Tournament of the Year” by the San Diego District Tennis Association.