2003 USTA NATIONAL OPEN CHAMPIONSHIPS
Atlantic Club - Manasquan, New Jersey - June 28-July 2, 2003

Tuesday, July 1st
The heat and humidity may have let up a little, but the pressure was still on at The Atlantic Club. Many of the seeded players went home today as the rest prepared to fight for a title.

In the girls main draw, top-seeded Emmy Fritz-Krockow was forced to retire after a grueling tie-break set left her too injured to play. The third seed, Kimberly Couts, will now play No. 5 Maggie Yahner in the finals. Maggie managed to get past Leigh Finnigan, the draw's second highest player, 6-2,6-2. In the girls consolation, unseeded Michaela Kissell continued to pass through the draw as she today eliminated the eighth-seeded Angela DiPastina. Angela had just come off a difficult three-set win over No. 10 Francine Whu. Seventh-seeded Blakely Ashley, who had a much easier day, is the other finalist. The seeds also dropped in the doubles draw leaving Dorothy Dohanics and Michele Style to face Anne Houghton and Alexandra Kaluza in the morning.

The boys were dominated by two players -- Nick Savage and Cory Parr. The second-seeded Nick advanced to the final round in the main draw after a win over No. 5 Dennis Nevolo, 6-3,6-3. He will go up against the top-seeded Dylan Arnould in that final before he teams with Alex Mast to go for the doubles trophy against Cory Parr and Michael Sroczynski. Cory is also pulling double-duty as he earned a place in the consolation finals with his wins over Alex Mast and Vijay Paul. The other boys feed-in finalist is the seventh-seeded Trey Taylor.

It looks to be another exciting day of tennis to come as the players battle it out for the championships and the wildcards into the USTA Super National Hard Courts.


Marcia Frost


Dorothy Dohanics

Sean Corrigan

Michaela Kissel

Ilia Shatashvilli

Angela DiPastina

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