LATC’s men’s final scheduled for this morning

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Tennis: Kim tops Prime, Croney to earn women’s championship

By The Staff

A new Los Alamos Tennis Club women’s singles champion was crowned Saturday, while a new men’s singles champ will be determined this morning.
The LATC’s annual tournament concludes today at Urban Park. Matches, including the men’s singles final, start at 8:30 a.m.
Today’s men’s final will pit Stephen Townsley against Kevin Mitchell. Townsley and Mitchell both won their first two matches Saturday in straight sets to get to the final.
About 30 players are taking part in this year’s tournament. LATC’s Bob Tonelli, who’s one of the tournament’s organizers, said several regular participants were out of town for this year’s event.
Saturday in the women’s first round, Jeena Kim knocked off defending champion Warapha Prime in straight sets. Later, Kim would top Debi Croney, the only other player in the women’s draw, also in straight set, to capture the title.
Against Prime, who has been among the most notable amateur players in Los Alamos for the last few years, Kim came back from a 4-1 deficit in the second set, reeling off five straight games to close out that contest.
Kim won the first set 6-2, but fell behind quickly in the second set. After holding her serve to cut Prime’s advantage to 4-2, Kim jumped out to a 0-40 lead on Prime’s next serve. Prime battled back to force deuce but Kim hit some solid shots from the baseline to break Prime’s service and get back to within a game.
Again, after Kim had tied the match at 4-4, Prime had a 40-15 advantage before Kim rallied to break that service game as well. She would then survive a break point on her next serve to close out the match.
Kim clinched the tournament title with her 6-2, 6-4 defeat of Croney.
In the men’s top draw, Townsley topped Mike Fitzsimmons 6-2, 6-1 Saturday morning, then defeated John Park 6-2, 6-2 in the afternoon.
Both Park and Tonelli, Mitchell’s second round opponent, had byes into the semifinal round, but both Townsley and Mitchell picked up the second round victories. Mitchell, for his part, defeated Giri Raichur in the first round 6-2, 6-3, then tripped up Tonelli 6-2, 7-6.
Other matches today include the men’s doubles final at 9 a.m. featuring Tonelli and David Lee against Fitzsimmons and Park and mixed doubles finals, also at 9 a.m., when Raichur/Elizabeth Keating take on Joel Williams/Alison Walter.
Also today, Tom Kelley/George Vonniedu will meet Debi Croney/Emily Nuñez in the B mixed doubles final.