2005 USTA JUNIOR FED CUP
Blackhawk Country Club - Danville, California
August 2-5 2005
August 5, 2005-Final Day
It may have been sunny and dry, but the temperature soared near triple digits today as the last day of the USTA Junior Fed Cup came to a close at the Blackhawk Country Club. As everyone did their best to find the tiny bits of shade and down countless gallons of water, there was still energy to keep that team spirit going.
Today's final showdown was between No. 3 Texas and No. 6 Midwest. Texas took an early lead by winning the doubles then Taylor Marable got past Sarah Lancaster, in a great match with some incredibly long points, 6-4,7-6, to put Midwest on the scoreboard. Over on the next court it was Kristen vs. Kristen -- Rafael vs. Flower, that is. It was a match that went on for hours and you couldn't even venture a guess who would win it as the points were that close. It was Texas' Kristen Rafael who edged it out, 7-6(4),5-7,6-3.
The second group of singles for the championship went out with Texas at a 3-1 lead -- enough to build confidence, but not enough that Midwest couldn't come back. It took Megan Alexander (left) to clinch it as she dominated the sun-drenched center court over Christian Tara, 6-4,6-1. Despite the fact that Texas had captured the title there were still two more matches to finish and two more points for the lone star state. Sanaz Marand quickly got past Katie Potts, however, it was not that simple for Ashley Weinhold. It took Ashley three hours of play to get past Kristy Frilling, 6-7,7-5,6-2.
I have to agree with what many of the girls have told me -- the USTA Junior Fed Cup is certainly one of the best tournaments around. Tournament Director Laurent Lecellier and Referee Pua Johnson did an incredible job keeping everything running on time, while providing the players with drinks, food, snacks and an Awards Banquet to end the event. Most of all, the hospitality of the Blackhawk Country Club, which opened all of its facilities and parking to the players is something I haven't seen much of in recently. I look forward to attending this event again.Until next year,
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