July 23, 2016

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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US Open Tickets Go On Sale To The Public on June 6, 2016

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From the USTA: WHITE PLAINS, N.Y., June 3, 2016 – The USTA today announced that tickets to the 2016 US Open will go on sale to the general public on Monday, June 6, starting at 9:00 a.m. ET.  The 2016 US Open will be played at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing, N.Y., Monday, August 29 through Sunday, September 11.

Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day presented by Hess, a full-day tennis and music festival for families and children, will kick off the US Open, taking place on Saturday, August 27.  Tickets for the 2016 US Open and the Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day presented by Hess stadium show can be purchased:

  • at USOpen.org
  • by calling Ticketmaster at 1-866-OPEN-TIX
  • at all Ticketmaster outlets

Payment can be made by credit card – American Express is the Official Card of the US Open.  For ticket plan availability, group sales, disabled seating and other US Open information, call 1-866-OPEN-TIX.

The 2016 US Open will feature day sessions beginning at 11:00 a.m. and night sessions beginning at 7:00 p.m. from Monday, August 29 through the quarterfinals on Wednesday, September 7.  The Women’s Singles Semifinals are scheduled for 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, September 8, and the Men’s Singles Semifinals for 3:00 p.m. on Friday, September 9.  The Women’s Singles Final is scheduled for 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, September 10, with the Men’s Singles Final at 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, September 11.

The 2015 US Open saw Novak Djokovic capture his second US Open men’s singles championship, defeating Roger Federer in the final,  with first-time Grand Slam and US Open women’s singles champion Flavia Pennetta defeating country-woman Roberta Vinci in an all-Italian women’s final.

For the second-straight year, the US Open will be distributed across the ESPN family of networks, on ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPN3. In addition, an hour-long Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day presented by Hess special will air at 2:00 p.m. on ABC, on Sunday, August 28.

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

San Diego, Calif. – (June 1, 2016) – Jessica Failla, the top seed in the women’s draw of the USTA National Open Hard Court Championships, will play her opening match at 9 a.m. (PDT) on Thursday at the Balboa Tennis Club. The 18-year-old Failla received a first-round bye and will face unseeded Brooke Biddle of Dallas in a second-round match.

Failla, a resident of Ramona, Calif., captured the San Diego Section CIF singles title in 2013 and recently completed her freshman year at the University of Southern California. The 18-year-old posted a 23-13 record in singles and finished at 20-5 in doubles for the Trojans.

In men’s singles action earlier today, top seed and defending men’s singles champion Emmanuel Mensah of Imperial Beach, Calif., overcame a strong challenge against unseeded Ryan Kreis of Hoffman Estates, Ill., but advanced to the fourth-round with a 6-4, 6-3 victory. Mensah will take on ninth-seeded Jared Thompkins on Thursday.

“I had to play a close one today. The competition is getting tougher. I tried to play a little aggressive, but he (Kreis) was just solid. I took a step back and relaxed and everything started flowing,” Mensah said. “I’m taking it match by match and having fun. Winning the title again would be a very good accomplishment.”

The 27-year-old Mensah is a tennis teaching professional who played Davis Cup for Ghana from 2006 to 2013 and represented his native country in 25 ties. He is ranked No. 6 in Southern California in the men’s singles Open Division according to the latest USTA rankings.

In other third-round action, second-seeded Nicholas Kamisar of Sammamish, Wash., easily advanced to the fourth round as he swept past unseeded Srikar Kuchibhotla of Mason, Ohio, 6-0, 6-0. The 24-year-old Kamisar, who played collegiate tennis for the University of Washington, will go up against ninth-seeded Derek Miller of San Diego on Thursday.

Third-seeded Jacob Brumm of Rancho Santa Fe, Calif., also moved into the fourth-round with a 6-0, 7-6 (3) victory over unseeded Ignacio Martinez of Weston, Fla. Brumm, who reached last year’s singles final, will play ninth-seeded Xavier Smith of Chula Vista, Calif., in his next match.

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 each day at 9 a.m. (PDT) from Thursday, June 2 through 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. Current American men’s tennis star Jack Sock, who is currently No. 25 in the ATP World Tour singles rankings (as of 5/23/16), 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.

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Top Seed Emmanuel Mensah Begins Title Defense at USTA National Open Hard Court Championships

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San Diego, Calif. – (May 31, 2016) – Top seed and defending men’s singles champion Emmanuel Mensah of San Diego began his title defense at the USTA National Open Hard Court Championships on a successful note as he eliminated fellow San Diegan Luis Argote 6-4, 6-0 in an early-morning second round match today.

On a cool, cloudy day at the Balboa Tennis Club, Mensah scored a critical service break at 5-4 to win the first set and then cruised through the second set without the loss of a game to advance to a third-round encounter against Ryan Kreis of Hoffman Estates, Ill., on Wednesday at 9 a.m. (PDT).

“I’m very happy to be back. There is a lot of pressure to defend the title, but I’m ready. There are no easy matches here and you have to be ready for every match,” said Mensah, who received a first-round bye. “There are a lot of solid players (in the draw) and the competition is tough.”

The 27-year-old Mensah is a local tennis teaching professional who played Davis Cup for Ghana from 2006 to 2013 and represented his native country in 25 ties. He is currently ranked No. 6 in the men’s singles Open Division in Southern California according to the latest USTA rankings.

Sixth-seeded Brian Battistone of Las Vegas got off to a strong start with a 6-3, 6-1 win over unseeded Christopher Dalton of Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif., to advance to the third round where he will meet Thomas Tomczak of Glendale, N.Y.  Battistone, 36, is a former touring tennis professional who achieved a career-high No. 88 in the ATP World Tour doubles rankings in 2010.

In other second-round action, second-seeded Nicholas Kamisar of Sammamish, Wash., advanced with a 6-1, 6-2 victory over unseeded Alan Pleat of Roslyn, N.Y.  The 24-year-old Kamisar, who played collegiate tennis for the University of Washington, will face unseeded Srikar Kuchibhotla of Mason, Ohio in a third-round match on Wednesday.

Women’s first-round matches are scheduled to start on Wednesday.  Jessica Failla of Ramona, Calif., the women’s top seed, received a first-round bye and will play her second-round match on Thursday at 9 a.m. (PDT).  Failla captured the San Diego Section CIF singles title in 2013 and recently completed her freshman year at the University of Southern California.  The 18-year-old posted a 23-13 record in singles and finished at 20-5 in doubles for the Trojans.

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 each day at 9 a.m. (PDT) from Wednesday, June 1 through 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. All draws will have consolation events.

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. Current 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.
Tuesday’s ResultsMen’s Singles
Second Round
Emmanuel Mensah (1), San Diego, def. Luis Argote, San Diego, 6-4, 6-0
Nicholas Kamisar (2), Sammamish, Wash., def. Alan Pleat, Roslyn, N.Y., 6-1, 6-2
Brian Battistone (6), Las Vegas, def. Christopher Dalton, Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif., 6-3, 6-1
Derek Miller (9), San Diego, def. Logan Powell, Amarillo, Texas, 6-3, 6-4
Ignacio Martinez, Weston, Fla., def. Tyler Baird, Corona Del Mar, Calif., 6-0, 6-1
Stefan Menichella (8), Santa Barbara, Calif., def. Ross Killingbeck, Del Mar, 6-0, 6-0
Jared Thompkins (9), San Diego, def. Derek James, Phoenix, 6-1, 6-1
Francis Filipovich, San Diego, def. Chris Palacio, El Centro, Calif., 6-0, 6-0
Ryan Seggerman (7), Coronado, def. Ahmed Essaiydy, Phoenix, 6-0, 6-1
Teo Ortuno, San Diego, def. Michael Espinosa, San Diego, 6-0, 6-0
Srikar Kuchibhotla, Mason, Ohio, def. Antonio Zuazo, San Diego, 6-1, 6-2
Warren Race, Dallas, def. German Ziella, San Diego, 6-0, 6-0
Jamie Vance (9), Henderson, Nev., def. Ryan Ray, San Diego, 6-3, 6-2
Ryan Stanbury, Los Angeles, def. Spencer Warren, Escondido, 6-2, 6-0
Xavier Smith (9), Chula Vista, def. Danny Ballez, Chula Vista,6-3, 6-1
Thomas Tomczak, Glendale, N.Y., def. Matthew Miller, San Diego, 6-4, 6-1
Alan Chang, Rancho Santa Fe, def. Tristen Shaw, San Diego, 6-1, 6-4
Ryan Kreis, Hoffman Estates, Ill., def. James Han, Mountain View, Calif., 6-0, 6-1
Jack Vance, Henderson, Nev., def. Ivan Smith, Chula Vista, 7-6 (0), 6-3
Andy Chang, Rancho Santa Fe, def. Ryan Torio, Chula Vista, 6-3, 6-2
Jason Welborn, San Diego, def. Xavier Granja, San Diego, 6-0, 6-2
Brendan McClain (9), Ventura, Calif., def. Rand Hogen, La Jolla, 6-0, 6-0
Saxon Buehning (5), Essex Fells, N.J., def. Dimitri Doan, Corona, Calif., 6-0, 6-0
David Goulak (9), Oak Park, Calif., def. Jason Pongsrikul, San Diego, 6-0, 4-0, ret. (injury)
Vidith Huot, Providence, R.I., def. Dion Earl, Mesa, Ariz., withdrew (injury)

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

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

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San Diego, Calif. – (May 30, 2016) – After receiving first-round byes at the USTA National Open Hard Court Championships, all 16 seeded players in the men’s singles draw will be in action in the second round on Tuesday at the historic Balboa Tennis Club.

Top-seed and defending men’s singles champion Emmanuel Mensah of San Diego will begin his title defense at 9 a.m. (PDT) against fellow San Diegan Luis Argote, who advanced with a hard-fought 6-1, 4-6, 6-1 first-round victory over Ryan Lee of La Canada Flintridge, Calif., on Monday morning following a 90-minute rain delay.

The 27-year-old Mensah, a local tennis teaching professional, played Davis Cup for Ghana from 2006 to 2013, representing his native country in 25 ties. In last year’s USTA National Open Hard Court singles final, Mensah defeated Jacob Brumm of Rancho Santa Fe, Calif., 6-1, 7-5 to win the title.

Sixth-seeded Brian Battistone of Las Vegas will also play his opening match on Tuesday. He will face unseeded Christopher Dalton of Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif. In 2010, the 36-year-old Battistone achieved a career-high No. 88 in the ATP World Tour doubles rankings.

In other first-round action on Monday, Alan Pleat of Roslyn, N.Y., defeated San Diego’s Maxwell Weishan, 7-6, 6-1 to move into the second round, where he will meet second-seeded Nicholas Kamisar of Sammamish, Wash. The 24-year-old Kamisar played collegiate tennis for the University of Washington.

Women’s first-round matches are scheduled to begin on Wednesday.  Jessica Failla of Ramona, Calif., the women’s top seed, received a first-round bye and will play her second-round match on Thursday at 9 a.m. (PDT).  Failla captured the San Diego Section CIF singles title in 2013 and recently completed her freshman year at the University of Southern California.  The 18-year-old posted a 23-13 record in singles and finished at 20-5 in doubles for the Trojans.

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 each day at 9 a.m. (PDT) from Tuesday, May 31 through 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. All draws will have consolation events.

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.

Current American men’s tennis star Jack Sock, who is currently No. 25 in the ATP World Tour singles rankings (as of 5/23/16), 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.
Monday’s ResultsMen’s Singles
First Round
Alan Pleat, Roslyn, N.Y., def. Maxwell Weishan, San Diego, 7-6, 6-1
Krishna Samperio, Chula Vista, def. Rico Gore, Washington, D.C., 6-7, 7-5, 6-4
Luis Argote, San Diego, def. Ryan Lee, La Canada Flintridge, Calif., 6-1, 4-6, 6-1
Manuel Ortiz, La Jolla, def. Juan Cobas, Charlotte, N.C., 6-0, 6-0
Dimitri Doan, Corona, Calif., def. Yousef Benhamida, San Diego, Walkover (ill)
Christopher Dalton, Rancho Palos Verde, Calif., def. Wesley Tahara, Ladera Ranch, Calif., Walkover (ill)

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

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Sofia Kenin and Ulises Blanch Lead US Juniors to Compete at the French Open Junior Championships

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WHITE PLAINS, N.Y., May 26, 2016 – Ulises Blanch, the No. 3-ranked junior in the world, and 2015 USTA Girls’ 18s National Champion and US Open girls’ finalist Sofia Kenin lead a deep field of American boys and girls currently set to compete at the French Open Junior Championships in Paris.

With 12 girls and nine boys entered into the main draw or qualifying, the U.S. has the most players entered into the Roland Garros junior draw via direct acceptance by a wide margin. China and Japan, the next-highest countries, each have eight. Additionally, two of the top three girls’ seeds will be American – No. 2 Amanda Anisimova and No. 3 Kayla Day.

American juniors will look to continue their recent success at the French Open. Three of the boys’ singles semifinalists were American last year, with Tommy Paul beating Taylor Fritz in the first all-American French Open boys’ singles final, dating back to 1947. CiCi Bellis also reached the girls’ semifinals in 2015, while Paul, William Blumberg, Caroline Dolehide and Katerina Stewart were all doubles finalists.

USTA Player Development National Coaches Leo Azevedo, Sylvain Guichard, Jamea Jackson, Henner Nehles and Adam Peterson will be providing support to all American players participating in the French Open junior championships. Players participating in the main draw will receive a $1250 grant from USTA Player Development, and those players’ full-time, personal coaches traveling with them to Paris will also receive a $1250 grant.

U.S. Girls in French Open Juniors

Main Draw

Amanda Anisimova (14, Hallandale Beach, Fla.; Coaches: Konstantin and Olga Anisimova, Nick Saviano)

Kayla Day (16, Santa Barbara, Calif.; Coaches: Henner Nehles, Mike Gennette)

Usue Arconada (17, College Park, Md.; Coach: Frank Salazar)

Sofia Kenin (17, Pembroke Pines, Fla.; Coach: Alex Kenin and Stephen Huss)

Alexandra Sanford (17, Westerville, Ohio; Coach: Henner Nehles)

Maria Mateas (16; Braintree, Mass.; Coach: Calin Mateas)

Michaela Gordon (16, Los Altos Hills, Calif.; Coach: Alex Poorta)

Morgan Coppoc (17, Tulsa, Okla.; Coach: Trent Tucker)

Caty McNally (14, Cincinnati; Coach: Lynn Nabors-McNally)

#Claire Liu (16, Thousand Oaks, Calif.; Coach: Adam Peterson, Mike Gennette)

#Received a special exemption main draw entry with her results at this week’s Astrid Bowl junior tournament in Belgium.

Qualifying

Ellie Douglas (15, McKinney, Texas; Coach: Luis Herrera)

Natasha Subhash (14, Fairfax, Va.; Coach: Bear Schofield)

U.S. Boys in French Open Juniors

Main Draw

Ulises Blanch (18, Pompano Beach, Fla; Coaches: Daniel Garcia, Rodrigo Alvarez, Claudio Menna)

John McNally (17, Cincinnati; Coach: Lynn Nabors-McNally)

J.J. Wolf (17, Cincinnati; Coach: David Kass)

Nathan Ponwith (18, Scottsdale, Ariz.; Coach: Lou Belken)

Sam Riffice (17, Roseville, Calif.; Coach: Lori Riffice)

Vasil Kirkov (17, Tampa, Fla.; Coaches: Leo Azevedo, Stoyan Kirkov)

*Brandon Holt (18, Rolling Hills, Calif.; Coach: Peter Lucassen)

Qualifying

Oliver Crawford (17, Spartanburg, S.C.; Coaches: Anthony Stewart, Kelly Jones)

Gianni Ross (17, Chicago; Coaches: Jack Sharpe, Robbye Poole)

* Received a main draw wild card through a reciprocal agreement with the French Tennis Federation.

 

 

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A First Round Loss at US Open for Sofia Kenin Provides the “Best Experience”

 

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Ros Nideffer Wins Third Straight 50s Singles Title at USTA National Women’s 50-90 Hard Court Championships

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La Jolla, Calif. – (May 14, 2016) –  Former touring professional Ros Nideffer of San Diego continued her dominating play in the 50s singles division of the USTA National Women’s 50-90 Hard Court Championships as she won her third straight title and fourth championship in the last five years on Saturday at the La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club.

On a cool and cloudy day, the 55-year-old Nideffer fended off a strong challenge in the singles final against Nathalie Herreman-Bagby, a 50-year-old from Pacific Palisades, Calif., who also played on the women’s professional tennis tour. Nideffer won a hard-fought 3-6, 6-4, 6-1 victory, which took two hours and 35 minutes.

Nideffer experienced early-match nerves and a spate of unforced errors as she fell behind 4-0 early in the first set.  However, she began to relax and find her rhythm as she won three of the next four games. Despite losing the first set 6-3, when she dropped her serve in the ninth game, the momentum of the match began to switch in Nideffer’s favor.

At 4-4 in the second set, Nideffer won eight straight points, breaking Herreman-Bagby’s serve at love and then held her own serve at love to win the set 6-4 and level the match at one-set all. In the third set, Nideffer took control and used three service breaks to take a 5-0 lead and went on to close out the set and match 6-1.

Nideffer attributed her slow start in the early stages of the match to problems with her serve. “It made me nervous and it started to worry me. That put more pressure on the rest of my game. I was spraying balls and missing shots,” she said. “I knew if I could pull myself together, I could get back into the match.”

When asked about how she felt winning the tournament title for the third consecutive year, Nideffer responded, “It’s kind of a shock to look at it that way. It’s nice to have that record. It’s satisfying.”

Saturday’s 50s singles final marked the first time in 23 years Nideffer and Herreman-Bagby, a native of France, played against each other. During their days as touring professionals on the Women’s Tennis Association circuit in the 1980s and 1990s, they split six head-to-head career meetings. Their last meeting on the WTA tour was in 1993 in Carlsbad, Calif.

In other tournament action, top-seeded Tina Karwasky of Glendale, Calif., successfully defended her singles title in the 60s division, as she defeated second-seeded Carolyn Nichols of Rancho Santa Fe, Calif., in the final 6-3, 6-4 in one-hour and 33 minutes.

In the 70s singles championship, top-seeded Brenda Carter of Charleston, S.C., played a near flawless match as she breezed past second-seeded Betty Wachob of Panama City, Fla., 6-1, 6-0.

Sunday’s schedule, which will conclude the tournament, will feature consolation matches beginning at 9 a.m. (PDT).

Full draws for each division are available at:
http://tennislink.usta.com/Tournaments/TournamentHome/Tournament.aspx?T=170897

La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club welcomes tennis enthusiasts to view the tournament with free admission. On-site parking is available for a nominal fee. Draws will be posted at the Beach Club. Tournament attendees and spectators are invited to dine at the Club’s Snack Bar and Club Dining restaurant during the tournaments.

The La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club started each of these events and has hosted them since inception. Designated one of the Top 50 Tennis Resorts in the world by Tennis Resorts Online, the La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club’s reputation as a top tennis destination started in 1942 when it attracted its first major tournament, the Pacific Coast Men’s Doubles Championship.

About the La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club, Inc. – The La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club is a fourth-generation, family-owned and operated company dedicated to the operation of a 14-acre beachside resort. The resort includes three properties, including the exclusive La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club, the 128-room La Jolla Shores Hotel and the award-winning Marine Room restaurant. Resort amenities include 14 championship tennis courts, a nine-hole Par-3 golf course, two swimming pools, two additional oceanfront restaurants and cocktail lounges, and one of Southern California’s only private beaches. For more information visit LJBTC.com.
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USTA National Women’s 50–90 Hard Court Championships
La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club
La Jolla, Calif.
Saturday’s Results

Women’s 50 Singles
Championship
Ros Nideffer (1), San Diego, def. Nathalie Herreman Bagby (2), Pacific Palisades, Calif., 3-6, 6-4, 6-1

Women’s 60 Singles
Championship
Tina Karwasky (1), Glendale, Calif., def. Carolyn Nichols (2), Rancho Santa Fe, Calif., 6-3, 6-4

Women’s 70 Singles
Championship
Brenda Carter (1), Charleston, S.C., def. Betty Wachob (2), Panama City, Fla., 6-1, 6-0

Women’s 90 Singles
Round Robin
Catherine Hall, Newport Beach, Calif., def. Helene Salvetat, Hossegor, France, 6-1, 6-0
Rita Price, Aurora, Colo., def.  Joyce Vanderpol, Blaine, Wash., 6-2, 6-1

For complete scores and results, go to:
http://tennislink.usta.com/Tournaments/TournamentHome/Tournament.aspx?T=170897#&&s=8Results0

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Former WTA Pros Ros Nideffer and Nathalie Herreman-Bagby to Meet in 50s Division final of USTA National Women’s 50-90 Hard Court Championships

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La Jolla, Calif. – (May 13, 2016) – When Ros Nideffer and Nathalie Herreman-Bagby played on the Women’s Tennis Association circuit during the 1980s and 1990s, they faced each other six times, with the last meeting taking place in 1993.

The two former touring tennis professionals will meet again on Saturday at the La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club for the first time in 23 years, as they play for the 50s singles title at the USTA National Women’s 50-90 Hard Court Championships  at 10:30 a.m. (PDT).

“This is the match I’ve been looking forward to playing – against Nathalie. It should be fun. It’s great that we’re both still playing and enjoying the game,” said Nideffer, who is attempting to win the 50s singles title for the third straight year. “Hopefully we’ll enjoy (the match) and challenge each other. It will be a tough match. I’m going to have to play well.”

Herreman-Bagby, 50, a native of France who now lives in Pacific Palisades, Calif., clearly recalled the first time she played Nideffer when she was just 17 years old. “I remember my first victory against her because it was a really big moment for me. It was at the French Open in 1983 and I had a wild card. I was the underdog and I played well,” she said.

After scoring a 6-1, 7-5 victory over Nideffer in the first round at Roland Garros in their first encounter, Herreman-Bagby won their next two meetings, however Nideffer came back to win their final three head-to-head matches.

Saturday’s 50s singles final won’t be the first time Nideffer and Herreman-Bagby have played against each other in San Diego County. In 1987 they squared off at a WTA event at the nearby San Diego Tennis & Racquet Club and then in 1993 they met once again at the WTA tournament at the La Costa Resort & Spa in Carlsbad, Calif.

Here is a recap of the six head-to-head WTA meetings between Nideffer and Herreman-Bagby:

Year    Tournament           Round    Surface         Winner
1983    French Open           R128       Clay               Nathalie Herreman — 6-1 7-5
1984    Hilton Head, S.C.     R64         Clay               Nathalie Herreman — 7-6 (1) 6-4
1987    San Diego               R32         Hard               Nathalie Herreman — 7-6 (4) 6-3
1991    Sydney                    R32         Hard               Ros Nideffer — 6-2 3-6 6-4
1991    Palm Springs           R64         Hard               Ros Nideffer — 6-2 6-2
1993    San Diego               R32         Hard               Ros Nideffer — 6-1 2-6 6-3

Two other singles finals will also be played on Saturday. The 70s singles championship will pit top-seeded Brenda Carter of Charleston, S.C., against second-seeded Betty Wachob of Panama City, Fla., at 9 a.m.  In the 60s singles final, top-seed and defending champion Tina Karwasky of Glendale, Calif., faces second-seeded Carolyn Nichols of Rancho Santa Fe, Calif., at noon (all times are PDT).

In Friday’s tournament action, top-seeded Dori Devries of Rancho Mirage, Calif., and second-seeded Dorothy Matthiessen of Pasadena, Calif., played for three-hours and 12 minutes before Devries came away with a thrilling 7-5, 6-7 (4), 6-4 victory to win the 80s singles championship.

Sunday’s schedule, which will conclude the USTA National Women’s 50-90 Hard Court Championships, will feature Consolation finals.

Full draws for each division are available at:
http://tennislink.usta.com/Tournaments/TournamentHome/Tournament.aspx?T=170897

USTA National Women’s 50–90 Hard Court Championships
La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club
La Jolla, Calif.
Friday’s Results

Women’s 80 Singles
Championship
Dori Devries (1), Rancho Mirage, Calif., def.  Dorothy Matthiessen (2), Pasadena, Calif., 7-5, 6-7 (4), 6-4

Saturday’s Schedule
Women’s 70 Singles — 9 a.m.
Championship
Brenda Carter (1), Charleston, S.C., vs. Betty Wachob (2), Panama City, Fla.

Women’s 50 Singles — 10:30 a.m.
Championship
Ros Nideffer (1), San Diego, vs. Nathalie Herreman Bagby (2), Pacific Palisades, Calif.

Women’s 60 Singles — 12:30 p.m.
Championship
Tina Karwasky (1), Glendale, Calif., vs. Carolyn Nichols (2), Rancho Santa Fe, Calif.

For complete scores and results, go to:
http://tennislink.usta.com/Tournaments/TournamentHome/Tournament.aspx?T=170897#&&s=8Results0

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Former Touring Pros Ros Nideffer and Nathalie Herreman-Bagby to Face-Off in Final of USTA National Women’s 50-90 Hard Court Championships

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La Jolla, Calif. – (May 12, 2016) – Ros Nideffer and Nathalie Herreman-Bagby, two former touring tennis professionals, won semifinal matches in the 50s singles division and will face each other in the finals of the USTA National Women’s 50-90 Hard Court Championships on Saturday at 10:30 a.m. (PDT) at the La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club.

On a cool, overcast morning, Nideffer, the top-seed and two-time defending champion, needed only 61 minutes to breeze past fourth-seeded Anna Zimmermann of Indianapolis 6-0, 6-1 on Court No. 2. Nideffer got off to a fast start, losing only six points in the first set, which took 23 minutes.

Nideffer, a resident of the San Diego community of Rancho Bernardo, was ranked as high as No. 15 in the Women’s Tennis Association singles rankings in 1990. She is a former French Open doubles champion and two-time Wimbledon singles quarterfinalist.

On Saturday, Nideffer will attempt to win her third straight USTA 50s Hard Court title and fourth overall. She won her first 50s title in 2012 (she did not enter in 2013).

Herreman-Bagby of Pacific Palisades, Calif., who is seeded second, advanced to the final after winning her semifinal match, but it wasn’t easy as she needed two hours and 32 minutes to overcome third-seeded Judy Newman of Scotts Valley, Calif., 6-2, 4-6, 6-3.

After splitting the first two sets, Herreman-Bagby and Newman were deadlocked at 3-3 in the third set, when Herreman-Bagby went on an impressive run, winning 12 of the final 14 points and breaking Newman’s serve twice, to capture the final set and the match.

“It was a tough match. I’m really happy that I won. I wasn’t very confident during the match. She is a tough player to play,” Herreman-Bagby said. “The courts are a little bit slow for me. With the weather, the balls are a little heavy. In the third set, it made a difference coming to the net.”

The 50-year-old Herreman-Bagby was ranked as high as No. 42 in the WTA singles rankings in 1986. A former member of the French Fed Cup team, Herreman-Bagby reached the fourth round at Wimbledon in 1990 and has one career WTA singles title and two doubles crowns.

The women’s 80s singles final will highlight Friday’s tournament schedule. Top-seeded Dori Devries of Rancho Mirage, Calif., will play second-seeded Dorothy Matthiessen of Pasadena, Calif., at 9:30 a.m. (PDT).

In the women’s 60s singles division, top-seed and defending champion Tina Karwasky of Glendale, Calif., got past fourth-seeded Leslie Airola Murveit of Portola Valley, Calif., 6-2, 6-2 to advance to Saturday’s final, which is scheduled at noon (PDT). Karwasky will face second-seeded Carolyn Nichols of Rancho Santa Fe, Calif., who blanked third-seeded Sherri Bronson of Scottsdale, Ariz., 6-0, 6-0.

Last month, Nichols defeated Karwasky 6-1, 6-1 in the singles final of the USTA National Women’s 60 Clay Court Championships in Baton Rouge, La. In last year’s USTA National 60 Hard Court Championships at the La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club, Karwasky scored a thrilling 3-6, 7-6 (4), 7-5 victory over Nichols in the final.

Full draws for each division are available at:
http://tennislink.usta.com/Tournaments/TournamentHome/Tournament.aspx?T=170897

Live audio play-by-play of tournament action on Saturday, May14 and Sunday, May 15 will be available on RadioTennis.com.  Tennis broadcaster Ken Thomas will provide the web cast commentary.

USTA National Women’s 50–90 Hard Court Championships
La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club

La Jolla, Calif.
Thursday’s ResultsWomen’s 50 Singles
Semifinals
Ros Nideffer (1), San Diego, def. Anna Zimmermann (4), Indianapolis, 6-0, 6-1
Nathalie Herreman Bagby (2), Pacific Palisades, Calif., def. Judy Newman (3), Scotts Valley, Calif., 6-2, 4-6, 6-3

Women’s 60 Singles
Semifinals
Tina Karwasky (1), Glendale, Calif., def. Leslie Airola Murveit (4), Portola Valley, Calif., 6-2, 6-2
Carolyn Nichols (2), Rancho Santa Fe, Calif., def. Sherri Bronson (3), Scottsdale, Ariz., 6-0, 6-0
Women’s 70 Singles
Semifinals
Brenda Carter (1), Charleston, S.C., def. Charleen Hillebrand (4), Harbor City, Calif., 6-1, 6-1
Betty Wachob (2), Panama City, Fla., def. Catherine Anderson (3), Del Mar, Calif., 6-4, 3-6, 6-4

Women’s 80 Singles
Semifinals
Dori Devries (1), Rancho Mirage, Calif., def. Carol Wood (3), Rockville, Md., 6-0, 6-2
Dorothy Matthiessen (2), Pasadena, Calif., def. Mary Lynch (4), Rockport, Texas, 6-1, 6-2

Women’s 90 Singles
Round Robin
Rita Price, Aurora, Colo., def.  Helene Salvetat, Hossegor, France, 6-0, 6-0
Catherine Hall, Newport Beach, Calif., def.  Joyce Vanderpol, Blaine, Wash., 6 2, 6 3

For complete scores and results, go to:
http://tennislink.usta.com/Tournaments/TournamentHome/Tournament.aspx?T=170897#&&s=8Results0

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