2005 USTA NATIONAL OPEN CHAMPIONSHIPS
Atlantic Club - Manasquan, New Jersey - July 2-6, 2005
Wednesday, July 6th, 2005-Final Day
It was Shoko Okuda (left) who won the first set in a 8-6 tiebreaker. It appeared that she had a slight advantage as she claimed the majority of points, but Camile never waivered and kept up the net play. She forced Shoko to run until she ran out of steam. The third set belonged to Camille -- though Shoko kept up pretty well -- and she took the gold, 6-7(6),6-4,6-2.
Adam El Mihdawy (pictured far right) had no doubt what he wanted to go home with -- the boys singles title. He went out to court one and took charge over Sho Matsumoto (pictured right), commanding the first set 6-0 in just twenty minutes. After Sho shook his head in amazement, he sat down for a break and came back swinging. The tables were turned as Adam lost point after point and was suddenly down 3-0. The No. 2 seed was not going down and he turned his game up a notch and turned things back. Amazingly, after losing three games he won the next six and took home the trophy.
The boys third place playoff (Stacey Lee won the girls playoff by Jackie Wu's default) was nothing short of a battle. There were long points and high tempers as Joshua Graves (pictured left) and Ryan Lissner went at it. Though the score showed clear winners in each set, it did not appear that way as the games went from deuce to deuce. Joshua finally pulled it out with a 2-6,6-1,6-3 win. He was also the tournament's boys sportsmanship winner.
In the main draw it was Marissa Schonfeld (pictured far left) who commanded the match for a 6-1,6-4 lead, but Emily Fraser (pictured left) wasn't about to let that happen again. Today she came out swinging and didn't stop until she had taken fifth place, 6-1,6-0, and evened their tournament record. Emily was also the girls sportsmanship winner.
As the tournament came to a close I only had one regret about the National Open at the Atlantic Club -- not enough time to enjoy the Jersey shore. Next year I will have to plan to stay a little longer to fit it in along with some of the nation's best junior tennis.
Until next year,
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