First Serve Entertainment Men’s Tennis Championship
USTA Challenger Results
At Braemar Country Club
Taino, United States, def. Bjorn Phau, Germany, 4-6, 7-6 (4), 6-4
Vahaly, United States, def. Bob Bryan, United States, 7-6 (6), 1-6, 6-1
Taino and Vahaly Advance to Finals of First
Serve Entertainment Tennis Championship
By Fred Sidhu
Tarzana, Ca. – Americans Eric Taino and Brian
Vahaly won semifinal matches to advance to Sunday’s final of the
$50,000 First Serve Entertainment Tennis Championship at the Braemar
Taino, ranked 252 on the ATP’s Entry System,
defeated Germany’s Bjorn Phau, 4-6, 7-6 (4), 6-4 in two hours.
Vahaly, who defeated Michael Chang in the first
round, eliminated fellow American, Bob Bryan, 7-6 (6) 1-6, 6-1 in
two-hours and 19 minutes.
“He (Bryan) makes you hit so many balls and the
rallies are so long,” Vahaly said. “In the third set I really felt
like I picked up my game again and played the kind of tennis I needed to
play to win.”
Vahaly’s victory over Bryan was highlighted by the
fourth game of the third set, which lasted 24 points. Vahaly eventually
held serve for a 4-0 lead and went on to win the match.
The 22-year-old Vahaly reached the 2001 NCAA singles
final while playing for the University of Virginia. He is ranked 196.
Both Taino and Vahaly entered the main draw as
General admission is $12. Kids under 18 can purchase
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Sunday’s finals begin at noon.
The First Serve Entertainment Men’s Tennis
Championship is a $50,000 Challenger event. The tournament is part of
the United States Tennis Association Professional Circuit.