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Archive for Sunday, July 23, 2000

Wang, DeSilva in tennis finals again

July 23, 2000

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While the weather might be different than in most years, some things stayed the same during the Sunflower State Games tennis competition on Saturday at Robinson Center.

Emily Wang and Malini DeSilva, last year's opponents in the women's open singles championship, both won their semifinal matches to set up another faceoff today.

The consistency of the duo is a stark contrast to the comfortable temperatures unlike the hot, humid weather of past years which has blessed the Games.

Wang, a Free State High sophomore-to-be, defeated Jane Clark, 6-0, 6-1, to reach the finals.

"I thought I was really consistent and made her play the ball and make the mistakes," said Wang, who won the No. 2 singles championship in the Sunflower League last fall in her first varsity tournament.

DeSilva also won her semifinal match, against Rebecca Wedel, 6-0, 6-1.

The tournament field at this year's Games is fairly small with approximately 50 entries in nine events.

"We thought we'd have a larger turnout," Lawrence Tennis Assn. director Kalissa Kaufman said, "but I think for my women it's hard to dedicate a whole weekend to tennis when you have family activities.

"It's a shame because you'd think we'd have a bigger crowd with the games here in Lawrence, but it's getting better."

Kaufman, who gave birth eight weeks ago, and her teammate ,Todd Loken, won their quarterfinal match in the open mixed doubles division, 6-0, 6-2, against Derk and Dana Landes.

"We played pretty well today," Kaufman said. "Todd and I play in Team Tennis and I'm doing well for just coming off maternity leave."

She and Loken will face Chad Glover and Andrea Irick in the today's semifinals.

"I think our match will be challenging and I'm looking forward to it," Kaufman said.

In men's open singles play, William Zung of Lawrence, will be seeing double tomorrow.

Zung will face Jeff King in the finals of the men's open division, and will partner with Greg Hurst against King and Darren Coble in the semis.

"I've heard my opponent is a very strong opponent so I'm expecting a tough match," Zung said. "I don't know anything about his partner, but Greg and I have played doubles before and we're very confident in our abilities to play well."

Zung and Hurst won their quarterfinal match against Kyle Wagner and Herb Mason, 6-0, 6-1.

In other already final matches today, Jorge Valverde will face Larry Baldridge in men's 35 singles, Bill Herster will take on Ron Baker in men's 55 singles, Lindy Huntington will battle Janet Peard in women's 4.0 singles and Scott Davids will team with Chin Zeng against Jack Heller and Yu Welch in novice mixed doubles.

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