2004 MEN'S & WOMEN'S
USTA NATIONAL OPEN CHAMPIONSHIPS
USTA National Tennis Center
Flushing Meadow, New York - December 27-30, 2004
Thursday, December 31st-Final Day
Stacia Fonseca was the star of the day as she added a pair of gold balls to the one she earned here in 2002 for the women's singles title.
After an exhausting day of four matches that included a tough three-setter, Dominique Ligouri could not get her energy back. Stacia Fonseca was all there today as she took control of the women's singles final in much the way she had in 2002. This time the score was 6-0,6-3 and the teen couldn't have been happier. She only relished in the excitement for a brief moment, though, because she still had to go out and earn her second gold ball of the day. This time it was in women's doubles as she teamed with Dartmouth's Megan Zebroski for a 6-2,6-3 defeat of St. John's Allison Adamski and Lauren Leo. Megan was also pulling double duty today as she was in the mixed doubles final with fellow Dartmouth player Logan West. Megan went home with a silver and gold as they lost to Tarrin Dougery and Shibu Lai.
Harvard's Jonathan Chu and Mark Riddell took the men's doubles championship with a 6-2,6-3 win over Tejeshwara Chigateri and Abhaya Prakash. Third place in the men's doubles went to Keith Kessler of Florida Tech and Michael Racioppo of Quinnipac, last year's finalists, over former junior tennis standouts David Fischbach and Keith Kamborian.
In the singles, both third place playoffs were settled by defaults, leaving Stanford's James Wan and the University of Pennsylvania's Julia Koulbitskaya as the winners.
Each year the Men's and Women's National Open Championships receives more and more entrants of a higher caliber. It is a great showcase for college and junior talent.
Pictured clockwise from above right: Women's Singles Winner Stacia Fonseca & Finalist Dominique Ligouri; Women's Singles 3rd Place Winner Julia Koulbitskaya; Men's Singles Winner Josh Cohen
Until Next Year,
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