Texas’ Trace Fielding and Pennsylvania’s Shareen Lai Win Singles Titles at the USPTA Grass Court Champs
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09/03/08 - Trace Fielding of San Antonio earned the men’s open title at the $5,000 United States Professional Tennis Association Grass Court Championships at the Philadelphia Cricket Club in Philadelphia after defeating Henry Walsh of Wichita, Kan., 6-7 (4), 6-3, 6-4. Shareen Lai of Morrisville, Pa., earned the women’s open championship title by going undefeated in round-robin play. Lai defeated Marina McCollom of Ames, Iowa, 6-3, 7-6 (4) to be crowned the women’s open champion. Lai later teamed up with Jackie Bohannon of Sarasota, Fla., to also win the women’s open doubles title.
The tournament, which was held from Aug. 22-24, included events in the following categories: men’s and women’s open singles and open doubles competition, and men’s 45 singles and doubles categories. The competition featured many of the top men and women tennis-teaching professionals in the country.
Below is a complete list of all the results from final-round matches:
Men's Open Singles Finals
Trace Fielding, San Antonio, def. Henry Walsh, Wichita, Kan., 6-7 (4), 6-3, 6-4
Men's 45-and-over Singles Finals
Geoffrey Martinez, San Rafael, Calif., def. William Pilardi, Pittsburgh, Pa., 6-2, 6-3
Men's Open Doubles Finals
Juan Martinez-Arraya, Cos Cob, Conn., and Patricio Misitrano, Norwalk, Conn., def. Paulo Barros, Orlando, Fla., and Jamie Feagan, Clermont, Fla., 3-6, 7-5, 7-6 (3)
Men's 45-and-over Doubles Finals
Robert Delgado, Santa Monica, Calif., and William Pilardi, Pittsburgh, Pa., def. Christopher Bennett, Marlton, N.J., and Geoffrey Martinez, San Rafael, Calif., 4-6, 7-6 (6), 6-4
Women's Open Singles Round Robin
Shareen Lai, Morrisville, Pa., def. Marina McCollom, Ames, Iowa, 6-3, 7-6 (4). Lai def. Jackie Bohannon, Sarasota, Fla., 6-2, 6-0. Lai def. Mary Dailey, Delray Beach, Fla., 6-1, 3-6, 6-0.
Women’s Open Doubles Finals
Jackie Bohannon, Sarasota, Fla., and Shareen Lai, Morrisville, Pa., def. Mary Dailey, Delray Beach, Fla., and Marina McCollom, Ames, Iowa, 6-4, 6-3.
Up next as part of the USPTA National Surface Championship Series is the USPTA International Championships from Sept. 15-20 at the La Quinta Resort and Club in La Quinta, Calif.
The tournaments are open to Professional-level members in good standing. For additional information, please contact the USPTA at 800-USPTA-4U. USPTA Professionals may log in to the “members only” section of the USPTA Web site at www.uspta.com for more information and an application for tournaments.
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