BALL TO BATTLE QUERREY IN ALL
SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA FINAL
LOS ANGELES - Qualifier Carsten Ball of Newport Beach
will need his own army to conquer Sam Querrrey and his Samurais
in the finals of the LA Tennis Open. Carsten Ball, ranked 205th
on the ATP World Tour, defeated Argentine Leonardo Mayer 7-5,
7-6 to reach his first ATP Tour Final.
Ball seemed to play with confidence. He kept the score close
against 60th ranked Mayer and was able to take key points. Big
serves and successful volleys gave Ball the edge he needed. In
the last game, Ball threw in an ace for match point and was able
to close for the win. He served at eighty four percent first
serve points won and fired 10 aces.
Ball is coached by his Australian father Syd Ball who had a
successful doubles career on the ATP tour. Carsten Ball
currently plays Davis Cup for Australia.
21-year-old Sam Querrey of Thousand Oaks, CA outlasted
31-year-old German Tommy Haas 6-3, 7-5. Querrey served seventy seven percent first serve
points won and eight aces. With Querrey's quick
court coverage and powerful forehand, Haas could not execute at
important moments. Haas said, "he played some of the big points
better." When asked about the US Open, Haas said, "I want to
peak there, that's for sure."
Over the past year, Querrey has improved his foot speed and
movement on the court and the results are evident. He has
reached his third final in his last three consecutive
tournaments. He lost to Rajeev Ram in Rhode Island and Robbie
Ginepri in Indianapolis last month. He holds one ATP title from
Las Vegas in 2008.
Carsten Ball (AUS)
The two have not played each
other since the 2005 ITF Junior Easter Bowl finals where Querrey
took the championship 6-3, 6-3. A blog of that match can be
The final will be the first all Southern California final since
1984 when Jimmy Conners defeated Eliot Teltscher.
In his press conference Querrey seemed relaxed and full of
confidence. After reaching his third final appearance in the
past month he said, "I'm feeling better with every match."
Querrey battles with a contigent of high school buddies in the
crowd cheering and supporting his every shot. When asked about
the loud-cheering, shirtless, painted, Samurai supporters, "you
couldn't ask for a better group of friends," he said. "They help
me get through tough points."
The Bryan Twins of Camarillo will seek their fifth doubles title in Los
Angeles. They were champions in 2001, 2004, 2006, and 2007.
RESULTS - SATURDAY, AUGUST 1, 2009
Singles - Semifinal Round
 Sam Querrey (USA) d  Tommy Haas (GER) 63 75
[Q] Carsten Ball (AUS) d Leonardo Mayer (ARG) 75 76(3)
Doubles - Semifinal Round
Benjamin Becker (GER) / Frank Moser (GER) d Denis Istomin (UZB)
/ Leonardo Mayer (ARG) 63 63
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