2005 USTA NATIONAL HARDCOURT CHAMPIONSHIPS-GIRLS 16s
Barnes Tennis Center - San Diego, California - August 7-14, 2005
Sunday, August 14, 2005-Final Day
It was a tournament full of surprises and three-setters and today was no exception as day turned into night and the winners still had not all been crowned.
Over on Court 1 another three-setter started the day as the unseeded team of Mallory Cecil & Lauren Meier earned their third place trophies by defeating the only seeds left in the doubles draw, No. 8 Cameron Hubbs & Natasha Makarova. It was a tough win as a great display of doubles ended 6-4,1-6,6-3.
She may have had some problems yesterday, but top-seeded Reka Zsilinszka had her game together today as she beat Chloe Jones, 6-3,6-2, for the third place win. The final, however, was a much different show on stadium court. Two Californians -- Lyndsay Kinstler and Maria Sanchez -- went at it for nearly three hours in a score that ended 7-6(2),4-6,7-5 in Lyndsay's favor. Though I would not take anything away from either player for earning their way to this tournament final (especially Lyndsay, she had a draw full of tough wins) the final was marked by two nervous players making a lot of errors.
When everyone was ready to pack it in and call it a tournament, came a three and a half hour doubles final. Just when all of us (myself included) thought we had seen more than enough tennis, Courtney Clayton, Logan Hanson, Stephanie Davidson and Maria Sanchez put on a great display of doubles talent that kept the crowd interested. At no time was I able to predict a winner in this one, but there was some extra cheer for Maria (and her partner Stephanie) to make up for her single loss. The final score was 3-6,7-5,6-3.
It's hard to find another place in the world with better weather than San Diego and the Barnes Tennis Center has the best viewing of any outdoor tournament I have seen with the exception of the National Tennis Center. There was a lot of young talent out there this year fighting for a chance to play at the NTC for the US Open Junior Championships. I look forward to seeing Lyndsay Kinstler there and returning to the Girls 16 USTA National Hardcourts next year to see who the next stadium star will be.
Until Next Year,
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3rd Place Singles
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