2003 USTA SUPER NATIONAL
HARD COURT CHAMPIONSHIPS
Almaden Valley Athletic Club - San Jose, California - August 2-10, 2003
In a remarkable feat that is a tournament director's dream, the doubles final and third place playoff managed to go in unison. Each match was full of exciting points and both reached tiebreakers at the same moment. The breaker in the final that went for Anne Yelsey & Riza Zalameda did take about a minute longer than the one Catrina & Christian Thompson took, but that was only because Anne & Riza needed to take theirs three extra points. In the end both teams closed it out 6-2, though Anne & Ruza played through nine amazing match points while the twins waited for the trophy presentation.
It has been a tough tournament for defending champion Alexandra Podkolzina and today looked to be the end. Iris Ichim (pictured right) took the first set of the semifinal in a fairly easy 6-0. The second set was more evened out as Alexandra came back for a 6-4 win. The final set remained close until the end, when Alexandra pulled out all the stops and earned a second consecutive final. It was the last junior match for Iris who has decided to turn professional
The other semifinal between Theresa Logar and Mary Gambale was much quicker. There were some exciting points, but fourteen year old Mary could not keep up and lost, 6-1,6-3.
Shadisha Robinson headed off to the University of Georgia after her defeat in the feed-in to doubles finalist Lindsey Nelson. Lindsay's partner, Jessica Nguyen, moved up to the semis after Megan Falcon withdrew with an injury. She will face Vania King, who got past Lolita Frangulyan. The player with the easiest day was definitely Polina Zaretser. Polina moved through the consolation quarters after Audra Cohen withdrew with an injury and then went right past the semis when Lindsey Nelson did the same.
Tomorrow is the final day of this Girls 18 Super National Hard Court Championship as the main draw and playoff singles face off for one last time.
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