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DAVENPORT RECLAIMS HER TITLE
by Barry Wood
Few people probably expected it
was possible, but Lindsay Davenport re-captured her Commonwealth
Bank Tennis Classic title with a hard-fought 6-4 3-6 6-2 win
over second seed Daniela Hantuchova.
In winning the title, Lindsay has what is probably a unique
record in Bali, because she has never left without a title. It
is doubtful that she has done that anywhere else, and certainly
she couldn’t think of anywhere. On her first visit in 2005 she
won the singles, last year she claimed the doubles, and now
she’s won the singles again.
Having not played for a year, having given birth in June, was
she surprised to win in her first tournament back?
"I’m a little bit in shock," said Davenport. "It’s just
overwhelming and exciting. Obviously, playing my first
tournament back I was unsure physically how I would respond, and
I swear this is probably the first tournament I’ve played in
four years where I didn’t have anything wrong with my lower
It wasn’t the greatest of matches to be honest. The pair are too
evenly matched, even though the American has now won all seven
of their meetings. There were a lot of baseline rallies and some
decent serving from both, but no real flair, nothing
spectacular, nothing that made you go ‘Wow!’
There wasn’t much to separate them in the first two sets, with
Davenport earning the first break for 2-1 but allowing the
Slovak to level in the following game.
Hantuchova then held a break point to lead 5-3 but made an error
on her forehand, and Davenport took advantage of the let-off by
breaking in the next game by making a good return that forced
Hantuchova to mis-hit a forehand.
The second set was decided by just one break of serve for 3-1,
and the final set turned on a one-sided period when Davenport
won 15 out of 17 points.
"I was definitely getting tired there in the second set but was
able to re-group and get a second or third wind for the third
set," said Davenport. "That was important and I don’t know
exactly where that comes from, but I definitely felt a little
bit fresher in the third than I did in the second.
"I finally got a lot of confidence and was able to break her to
go up 3-1. She threw in a couple of errors and I hadn’t broken
her in so long and that really gave me a lot of confidence and
momentum. That relaxed me a little bit more in my service games
and I was able to make some more first serves."
Hantuchova received treatment for a blister on her right heel
when down 4-1 and she played more positively after that, but it
was too late.
"It was just a blister, nothing serious. There’s no excuse,"
said Hantuchova. "I was trying to do the right things. I think I
had the right tactic, which was to move Lindsay around to make
her play that extra shot, but all credit to the way she was
playing. She was serving great. She got out of trouble a lot
with her first serve.
"But I had a fantastic week. I’ve really enjoyed it, coming here
after the US Open. I was just looking to get some matches under
my belt and didn’t really expect to be in the final so it’s
really a good one for me."
The doubles was won by Chinese pair Chunmei Ji and and Shengnan
Sun, who defeated American Jill Craybas and South Africa’s
Natalie Grandin 6-3 6-2.
Tri-Level Team Format Has Arrived for 2007 Summer League
San Fernando Valley - In an
effort to promote team spirit and provide more league play, the USTA has
introduced a new Tri-Level format. Braemar Country Club in Tarzana and
Paseo Tennis Club in Valencia have formed new USTA Tri-Level teams. Each
team consists of 4.5, 4.0, and 3.5 players. The league winners will
advance to Sectionals at Indian Wells in February 2008. These teams will
also be eligible to play in the Invitational National tournament next
March during the Pacific Life Open.
Club - (L to R) Debby Moss, Lety Alcala, Karen Mendelson,
Suzy Miller, Patsy Rowan, Diane Perryman, Lisa Gechtman, Tiffany
Grana, and Captain PJ Rivera. Not pictured - Lee Gummeson,
Cynthia Neiman, Julie Perron, and Elisa Hamed.
Club - (L to R) Betsy Skidmore, Annie Kellog, Seleste Sakato,
Carol Hogan, Susan Amico, Cindy Beals. Not pictured - Captain
Lisa Balmain, Jane Pascoe, Diane Sexton, Christy Manetta, Wendy
Littge, and Erika MacArthur
Long Beach - The USTA
District Area Playoffs July 27 - 29, 2007 at El Dorado Park in
El Dorado Park, Long Beach
2007 4.0 League Champions - San
Fernando Valley, Braemar Country Club
3.0 / F
Beach Cities - Manhattan Beach Country Club
3.5 / M
National City Tennis Club SD
3.5 / F
End Racquet Club, Torrance
3.5 / F
Caballeros Sports Village, Fountain Valley
4.0 / F
4.0 / F
4.0 / F
Braemar Tennis Club
4.5 / F
Santaluz Club SDNC
Complete District Championship Results
Winners advance to the Southern
California Sectionals August 17 - 19, 2007 at Los Caballeros
Sports Club, Fountain Valley.
CountryWide Classic July 16 - 22, 2007
Coverage by Matt Osias
Daily Coverage - Day
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Photography by Adam Davis
Results - Final Sunday, July
Mens Singles - Final
R Stepanek (CZE) d  J Blake (USA) 76(7) 57 62
Mens Doubles - Final
 B Bryan (USA) / M Bryan (USA) d S Lipsky (USA) / D
Martin (USA) 76(5) 62
History of The
by Cheri Britton
Starting in 1927, the
Countrywide Classic has gone through more than just a few name
changes. The tournament was first known as the Pacific Southwest
Championships. For five decades it was an amateur only event, in
line with the Grand Slams. Until 1984 it was held at the Los
Angeles Tennis Club.
This prestigious club is still located on Clinton St. It's a
strictly traditional club, much like Wimbledon. When Billie Jean
King was just twelve years old, she was excluded from a group
picture at the LATC because she was wearing
tennis shorts instead of a
The Pacific Southwest tournament had an 'intimate feel'. Jack
Kramer recalled in his autobiography that he not only played the
greats of men's tennis at the time, but also players from the
UCLA and Southern California teams. That must have been a great
learning experience for all concerned. To put this all in
perspective, the PSC was at least the third most important
tournament in the West, and the biggest outdoor hard-court
tournament in the world! Remember, at this time, Roland Garros
(the French Open) was the only Grand Slam not to be played on
Now for a bit of mystery and detective work: Just when did the
'Powers that Be' allow professional players to compete with the
amateurs? The evidence seems to point to the 'Open Era'. This
was in 1968 and the new rules allowed Pros to play in the Grand
Slams along with amateurs. Obviously this was a great change in
international, as well as domestic, tennis. Although there is no
definitive answer, all the evidence points to around this time.
Rod Laver turned Pro in 1962, and he won the Men's Singles Title
There's more history of the Countrywide Classic to come! It's
just too big a story to put in one little article, and during
the build-up to this fantastic ATP event, expect more articles
about the history and some of the fantastic Californian tennis
players that have made this event what it is, one of the best.
The Countrywide Classic -
Homegrown Men's Singles Champions, 1930 - 1960
The first Californian born men's
singles Champion of the Pacific Southwest Championships, held at
the Los Angeles Tennis Club, was Henry Ellsworth Vines, Jr. His
friends called him 'Elly', but the media christened him 'the
Californian Comet'. He won the tournament two years running, in
1930 and 1931, before being beaten by Fred Perry. He is still
known as one of the greats of men's tennis.
The next 'homegrown' Champion (for anyone that has knowledge of
California Tennis) needs no introduction; John Donald Budge.
Known by the world as Don Budge, he is the first tennis player
from the University of California in Berkeley to win this great
hard-court event. An interesting article could be written just
about this Californian tennis legend, so perhaps later.
Then comes the infamous Bobby Riggs. More remembered for the
"Battle of the Sexes" against Billie Jean King, his status as
the top male singles player for three years running seems to
have been eclipsed by that event. Jack Kramer, in his 1979
autobiography, noted that he thought Riggs was in the top six of
men's singles tennis players of all time, even bettering Pancho
So, what about Pancho Gonzalez? Even his name invites
controversy. Wikipedia says he was born 'Richard Alonso
Gonzalez', though there are many variations to the spelling of
his last name, as well as his first. Let's just call him Pancho.
He was reportedly the 'McEnroe' of his day, using rage as a
means to an end. Early in his career he used it to propel his
game, but later it became a stalling tactic, according to some.
Whatever, he was still a formidable fighter, even pushing the
limits of his capability in the Fall of his career.
The story goes like this:
Here he was, aged 41 and a grandfather by all accounts, going to
Wimbledon in 1969, and playing Charlie Pasarell in the first
round of the men's singles. The match lasts 5 hours, 12 minutes.
Pancho saves 7 match points in the 5th set, and wins by 22-24,
1-6, 16-14, 6-3, (and eventually) 11-9. This Wimbledon record
remained for 21 years, when Micheal Chang and Stefan Edberg
played another 14 minutes longer in 1992. New rules were
introduced to stop this kind of match marathons from happening
again at Wimbledon, but there still could be another
record-breaking men's single match, although that is highly
unlikely. Pancho was one of a kind, but still an inspiration to
young players everywhere.
Cheri Britton is the editor of
http://www.womens-tennis-apparel.com/ . Her passions are
ladies tennis apparel, tennis, and the promotion of the game of
tennis worldwide. She also watches far too much tennis than is
good for her.
SoCal World Team Tennis
team’s show world we mean business
by Matt Osias
Southern California made quite the splash at last months World
Team Tennis Recreational League National Qualifier in Las Vegas,
garnishing two teams with national finals bids in November.
Aces Up - 4.5 Team
At the 4.5 division, captain
Julie Tinius-Juliani of Studio City led her team, Aces Up, to an
undefeated 5-0 on the outing, while captain Emily Bonnet’s 3.5
team (of Woodland Hills), We Hate Late, earned their very first
trip to the WTT National Finals, also finishing unbeaten at 5-0.
Tinius-Juliani’s team had just one close match, winning 25-23
over Paseo, though the rest of their matches were won somewhat
effortlessly in the nine-team division. On their way to the
finals, Aces Up recorded an unbelievable 36-0 demolition of team
Bainspiration; it was the tournaments lone shutout. In the
finals, Aces Up took out the Calabasas Challengers 30-24.
“It was a pretty routine tournament for us,” said Tinius-Juliani.
“There were no big dramatics. It was all about having fun, and
this is a great team with no egos to deal with.”
Although it was fairly uncomplicated for Aces Up to win this
event, the team could not have done it without the solid play of
Philippe Rodrigue, who went undefeated throughout the tournament
“Philippe won every single match he played,” added
Tinius-Juliani. “He really stood out.”
Having qualified for Nationals at Indian Wells in November, Aces
Up will have to face tougher, more seasoned opponents. But
Tinius-Juliani has no doubt her team will be up to the
“Our men and women are very strong,” said Tinius-Juliani. “I
honestly think that we’ll give any team a run for their money.”
We Hate Late - 3.5 Team
The 3.5 team, We Hate Late,
completed their flight with a perfect 3-0 record, good enough
for the No. 3 seed heading into the next round. In the
quarterfinal match against wildcard team Ray, Bonnet’s team
barely scraped by, emerging the victorious 30-29.
En Route to a Division crown, team We Hate late dispatched the
No. 2 seed Parque Central 30-26 and Team Krunk in the finals
For those not entirely familiar with WTT Recreation League play,
it is co-ed teams competing in a format that consists of six
no-ad sets: one set each of men’s and women’s doubles, followed
by men’s and women’s singles, and ending in two sets of mixed
Each team must have at least two men and two women (18 and over)
on the maximum 10-player roster, and the divisions are broken up
much the same way that they are in USTA-play, by NTRP rating.
Though determining a team’s overall rating is quite different;
the average NTRP rating of the top two men and top two women
players on a team determine the team rating. Aces Up captain
Tinius-Juliani likes the differences and feels that her players
enjoy it as well.
“I enjoy the new format because it is something different,” said
Tinius-Juliani. “Since every game matters, our players have to
play full-on all the time, and it’s fun to be able to substitute
in and out. With the co-ed format, everyone pulls for each other
too. It really feels like a team.”
4.5 Division Champions Roster - team Aces Up:
Julie Tinius-Juliani (Capt.), Studio City, CA
Philippe Rodrigue, Studio City, CA
Richard Jennings, Sherman Oaks, CA
Ellie Harris, Sherman Oaks, CA
Karen Cohen, Encino, CA
Diane Perryman, Encino, CA
Tony Richards, Tarzana, CA
Erik Kortland, Manhattan Beach, CA
3.5 Division Champions Roster - team We Hate Late:
Emily Bonnett (Capt.), Woodland Hills, CA
Adam Davis, Tarzana, CA
Lisa Gechtman, Tarzana, CA
Tiffany Grana, Encino, CA
Elisa Hamed, Encino, CA
Nanette Klein, Hidden Hills, CA
Dwight Kuhlman, Canoga Park, CA
Jason De Costa, Woodland Hills, CA
Randa Osman, Encino, CA
Dennis Perryman, Encino, CA
Annemarie Raizman, Valley Village, CA
For the match score breakdowns on all the teams in the Las Vegas
Ca., March -- The 2007 Pacific Life Open, achieved a record
attendance of 303,398, the first time any non-Grand Slam tournament has
broken the 300,000 mark. In addition, the tournament set a single-day
attendance record of 20,741 during the day session on Sunday, March 11.
The attendance records headline a list of other milestones that were set
throughout the two-week event.
A few of the record-setting highlights include the tournament
being televised for more than 2,000 hours in over 200 countries around
the world; more than 400 local, national and international journalists
and photographers were onsite covering the tournament; travel package
sales rose an impressive 37% compared to last year;
www.PacificLifeOpen.com had more than 1.75 million
unique visitors over the course of the two weeks; there were 200
challenges on Stadium Court with regards to the new Electronic Line
Calling system, with players winning 39% and losing 61% of the time; the
tournament being named the 2006 Sony Ericsson WTA Tour Tournament of the
Year by the players for the second year in a row; and more celebrities
than ever before came out including Melinda and Bill Gates, Gwen Stefani,
Gavin Rossdale, Elizabeth Shue, Dr. Phil, Tommy Bahamas model Andy
Lucchesi, Pacific Life Open owners Billie Jean King and Chris Evert,
Greg Norman, Barbara Sinatra, Jeanette King and Boris Becker.
The 2008 Pacific Life Open will be held March 10-23.
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The Experience of Nadal Proves
by Matt Osias
Under another hot desert sun, No. 2
seed Rafael Nadal grabbed the first
Master’s Series title, beating No. 12 seed Novak Djokovic 6-2,
7-5 at the Pacific Life Open. After a less than satisfactory
first set performance by Djokovic, the two players battled it
out in the second set, exchanging long-winded points and
exciting the crowd with amazing winners.
“It was a great week for me,” Nadal said. “I had eight months
without a title, but I came back with a big one.”
At the start of the match, Nadal played the role of the
aggressor, demonstrating why he deserves the status of the
second best player in the world. Djokovic was playing in just
his first final of this caliber and he felt a little nervous,
“It is my first Master’s Series final,” Djokovic said. “The
stadium was more or less packed…like 15,000 people. It was a
great atmosphere, but I made a lot of mistakes, unforced
errors…but I am overall satisfied with my performance today.”
Many of the fans were becoming restless towards the end of the
first set, as it looked as though this would be a quick final
for Nadal, but when Djokovic began to relax and play more of his
style of play successfully, the crowd responded wildly for both
“In the second set I played more aggressive,” Nadal said. “But
Djokovic played more aggressive (too). He was serving better and
(had) very good attacks with his forehand.”
At on point, Djokovic’s (who hit an
embarrassing 22 percent first serve percentage in the first set)
serve was called out. Unhappy with the call, Djokovic decided to
challenge it. As the replay slowly revealed the flight of the
ball, it eventually landed what looked to be just next to the
service line, though out. However, upon closer look and a 3
times magnification, the monitor showed the tiniest of portions
of the ball was actually in, shifting the momentum Djokovic’s
“I really like the it,” Djokovic
said, referring to the Hawkeye shot challenging technology. “It
gives something interesting to the game, something new and the
players like to be able to overrule the decisions.”
For Nadal, who has won numerous finals appearances, picked up
his first Whale trophy at the Pacific Life Open, adding another
tournament victory to his already impressive resume. Nadal also
had one of his best serving performances of his career, not
dropping serve the entire tournament.
“I was playing very good,” Nadal said. “No mistakes and very
aggressive all the time. The first set was unbelievable for me.”
After the match, both players met at the net for a warm embrace.
After all, both of these players are not even of legal drinking
age and already represent the next generation of tennis players.
Djokovic said he looks forward to another opportunity to play
the Spaniard, and Nadal expressed similar plans.
Nadal’s ability to take the other players style of play out of
the equation and control the tempo of play is unlike many
players on the Tour today (well, with the exception of the
immortal Roger Federer), and for Nadal, that may be the key to
his early career success.
Hantuchova on a Roll; Wins Second
Pacific Life Open
The women’s finals showcased the
consistent-play of Daniela Hantuchova against the
match-experienced Svetlana Kuznetsova. Hantuchova, who won this
event in 2002, which coincidentally is her last WTA title, came
out playing as if she had something to prove.
“I was just so confident from the first point,” Hantuchova said.
“I didn’t really think about the score. I just went out there
and tried to play my game, and just enjoyed every moment on the
Hantuchova’s win was quite impressive after noticing that going
into this match, her record against Top 5 players was just an
abysmal 3-25, with all three of those
wins coming against the No. 4 ranked player.
Kuznetsova, however, came out looking noticeably flat,
committing several unforced errors and showing signs of defeat.
Despite Kuznetsova’s efforts, Hantuchova proved to be the better
player on this day, winning in straight-sets 6-3, 6-4.
“ To beat her (Hantuchova) today, I had to play key moments
better than I did,” Kuznetsova said. “I forced (it) a little bit
more than I had to in the first set. When she was on (a) roll,
it was pretty hard to stop her.”
Despite the loss, Kuznetsova will reach a career-high No. 3 in
the WTA rankings just for reaching the finals.
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Photos by Adam Davis
Doubles - Final
 M Damm (CZE) / L Paes (IND) d  J Erlich (ISR) / A Ram
(ISR) 64 64
Womens Doubles - Final
 L Raymond (USA) / S Stosur (AUS) d  Y Chan (TPE) / C
Chuang (TPE) 63 75
Men's Main Men's
Pacific Life Open Official Website
Pacific Life Open - Press Conference Transcripts
|Pacific Life Open Tri-Level
The winning section of the first annual Pacific Life Open
Tri-Level National Championship, a doubles competition with 120
participants representing eight different United States Tennis
Association (USTA) Sections from 14 different states, was the
Southern California Tennis Association (SCTA).
Each USTA Section team was comprised of 12 members (six women
and six men) providing for one doubles team per gender in the
3.5, 4.0 and 4.5 ability levels.
The members off the SCTA were:
Men's 3.5 – Michael Rollyson and Jim Forgerson
Men's 4.0 – Rob Piepho and Rob Campbell
Men's 4.5 – Michael Lane and Quoc Ly
Women's 3.5 – Julie Annet and Dawn Wasley
Women's 4.0 – Vallie Julian, Lisa Howell and Dorothy Bishop
Women's 4.5 – Prentiss Vandenberg and Margaret Howard
The SCTA received a Baccarat trophy and the members of the team
were each awarded a one-year clothing contract from Fila.
Southern California Doubles
Sectional Champions - San Fernando Valley Chargers - 3.5 doubles
4.0 Women win Southern
California Doubles Sectionals -
Braemar Country Club
Indian Wells - The 4.0
women's team representing the San Fernando Valley from Braemar Country
Club plowed through the field to win the Fall Southern California
Sectionals. The team went undefeated beating Laguna Niguel, Balboa Club
in San Diego, Lakewood, and then Whittier Narrows from San Gabriel
Valley in the finals. L to R - (Back Row) Cynthia Neiman, Nancy
Abrams, Karen Cohen, (Front Row) Joan Saltzman, Caryl Stalmaster, Ellie
Harris , Julie Juliani, Diane Perryman and Captain Bobi Williams.