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Archive for Monday, October 1, 2001

Zung wins rematch with Carter in finals

Last year’s runner-up turns tables on friend

October 1, 2001

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One man was defined by his height and power; the other was quick and consistent.

It didn't really matter who was who, in the end they remained friends. But for a while Sunday morning, two tennis buddies battled in the Douglas County Closed Tennis Tournament's finals, giving each other their best shots.

It was the quick man William Zung, a former college player who got the best of his friend Don Carter, winning his first DCCTT singles title with a 7-6 (7-0), 6-3 victory.

"Of course this is fun," Zung said when asked about playing against Carter, who is one of a handful of men who play together about once a week at Lawrence Tennis Center. "This atmosphere is nice, it's relaxed and it's fun."

It was also a bit of a payback. Carter beat Zung in last year's final. The two weren't content with bouncing the ball back and forth, they wanted to challenge each other.

Especially in the first set when Carter's serve seemed to equalize Zung's quickness.

Neither could gain an advantage though and the first set went to a tiebreaker. Zung, easily won the tiebreaker and the set, and his momentum carried over into the second set.

Zung was able to keep Carter near the base line and placed several crossing shots to win games. Zung, who played at Missouri-Rolla from 1993-98, had a little luck, too.

At one point, Carter hit a deep shot that made Zung back pedal near the edge of the court and the only shot he could get off was to whip his racket between his legs, but he connected on the fancy shot which skimmed over the net out of Carter's reach for a point.

"I wasn't able to do some of the things I was able to do earlier in the tournament," Carter said. "He should have beat me last year, he's pretty good. But hey, this is a lot of fun."

Zung primarily a doubles player was relieved to win the singles title.

"It feels good to win a singles match," the Sunflower State Games gold medalist said. "Don's a tough player."

While the two have played numerous times, Zung said he likes Carter's style of play because it favors his style, yet at the same time makes him work hard.

"I like to play against him," Zung said. "He's really tall with long arms and can get to a lot of balls, but he's also surprisingly quick. I was able to move the ball a little on him, which took him out of his game a little."

In the women's 4.0 singles title match, Lisa Thompson defeated Janet Peard 7-6 (7-4), 6-4 in a marathon of a match that last a little more than two hours.

"It was a great match, she's a really good player that is so consistent," said Thompson. "It really could have went either way today and I'm just glad I had so much fun with this tournament."

In other finals: Martin Johnson defeated Bud Pettit in men's 4.0 singles 6-4, 5-7, 7-6 (7-2); John and Todd Loken defeated Zung and Greg Hurst 6-3, 6-2 in men's open doubles; Tommy Johnson and Tommy Johnson Jr. defeated Cynthia Eubanks and Sydney Lartigue 6-4, 6-2 in parent-child doubes; Kalissa Kaufman and Todd Loken defeated Jancy Mullen and Hurst 6-2, 6-3 in mixed doubles.

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