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John McHale
Amanda Gibbs attempts a backhand return to Marlene Kelley during Saturday’s Los Alamos Tennis Club tournament at Urban Park.
Prime, Ballard earn LA's singles titles

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.

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