LATC hosting championships at Urban Park

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By The Staff

Gilbert Ratliff was on the winning side of two doubles contests Saturday.
Ratliff, who with one of his doubles partners, John Charles, advanced to the final round of the men’s A draw, and with his other partner, his daughter, Sidra Hsieh-Ratliff, advanced to the final of the A mixed doubles. Both of those contests are set for Sunday at Urban Park.
The LATC started its two-day tournament Saturday morning. In this year’s tournament are seven different age and gender draws.
Heading into Saturday afternoon’s play, Geoff Mills and Justin Chang had advanced to the semifinals of the men’s A singles draw, with both of them winning in straight sets.
Mills topped Cihan Akcay 6-2, 6-1 in his first round contest, while Chang, a hard-swinging, hard-serving newcomer to the tournament, swept Alex Tarra 6-0, 6-1.
More than 30 participants are taking part in this year’s tournament.
In the top men’s doubles flight, Ratliff/Charles is seeking its second straight LATC championship. Ratliff/Charles defeated Forrest White/George Margevicius in the finals of last year’s tournament.
In mixed doubles, Ratliff/Hsieh-Ratliff knocked off Mike Fugate/Lauren Fugate 6-0, 6-2 to advance to that draw’s championship round.
In mixed B doubles, the team of Tom Kelley/Marlene Kelley is looking to defend its title.
The Kelleys got their tournament off to a good start Saturday, outlasting thei first opponents, Bill Robertson/Amanda Gibbs in three sets.
Sunday, Kelley/Kelley will face a tough team in Joel Williams/Warapha Prime, which topped Wie Song/Kujie Lu 6-1, 6-2 in the semifinals.
Sunday's play is scheduled to begin at 8 a.m.