Prime, Ballard earn LA's singles titles

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Tennis > Club crowns 7 winners at annual tourney

By The Staff

Tony Ballard and Warapha Prime topped the singles charts at last weekend’s Los Alamos Tennis Club’s championship tournament.
The two-day tournament attracted about 30 players, mostly from Los Alamos County. The tournament was played at Urban Park.
Ballard earned the LATC men’s championship with a straight-set victory in the finals over Bill Robertson. The two men slugged it out through a tight first set, but Ballard prevailed 7-6.
In the second set, Ballard earned a 6-3 decision to take the title.
In the women’s championship, Prime, who won the tournament in 2012, topped Lauren Fugate in Sunday’s final, also in straight sets. Prime earned a 6-2, 6-2 win.
There were seven different draws this weekend.
Prime won a second title along with doubles partner Joel Williams. Prime/Williams tripped up Tom Kelley/Marlene Kelley in the mixed B doubles final, 6-4, 6-2.
Kelley/Kelley won the draw in 2013.
Also earning a top finish in the men’s over 50 bracket was Jeff Whicker. Whicker came back from a set down against Sergey Kurennoy, with Kurennoy taking the first set 6-2, but Whicker rebounding to win the second set 6-2.
In the tiebreaker, Whicker held off his opponent, 10-6.
Another dual winner this weekend was Gilbert Ratliff, who was part of a pair of winning teams.
Ratliff and John Charles successfully defended their men’s A doubles championship from a year ago, topping Giri Raichur/Mike Fugate in the final, 6-2, 6-0.
Ratliff also teamed up with daughter Sidra Hsieh-Ratliff to win that final over Josh Coe/Madeline Margevicius in straight sets, 6-2, 6-3.
In the final of men’s B doubles, Shuh-Rong Chen/Jerry Morzinski earned a straight-set victory over Cihan Akcay/Edoardo Sanna, 6-0, 6-4.