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The University of Hawai'i women's tennis team won its first ever Big West Tournament title with a 4-2 victory over Cal State Fullerton at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden on Sunday morning. With the win, the Rainbow Wahine advances to its second NCAA Tournament in school history.
Hawai'i got off to a quick start winning the doubles point for the early 1-0 lead. UH's No. 2 duo of Klara Pribylova and Nikola Dolakova blanked Cal State Fullerton's Masako Makiba and Danielle Pham, 6-0. On the No. 3 court, Marina Hruba and Alzbeta Houbova doubled up on CSF's Jadie Acidera and Genevieve Zeidan, 6-3.
In singles, Pribylova gave UH its second point with a straight-set win over Luxizi Meng, 6-2, 6-3 at No. 4. It marked the senior's sixth-straight singles win.
The Titans' Karla Portalatin then responded by defeating UH's Hruba at No. 3, 6-2,6-2.
No. 80 Petra Melounova then notched her eighth-straight singles win at No. 1 to defeat Zeidan, 6-3, 7-5 to give UH a 3-1 lead.
Despite a valiant comeback effort, UH's No. 2 Dolakova lost in a match that ended with a second set tiebreaker to CSF's Sarah Nuno, 6-3, 7-6 (5).
With Hawai'i leading 3-2, No. 6 Roxanne Resma then clinched the match and the championship, holding off Acidera, 7-6 (5), 6-2.
The third time was the charm for the 'Bows after falling twice to UC Santa Barbara the past two seasons in 2016 and '17 in the Big West's championship match. Last year, UH was the conference's regular season champions going undefeated with an 8-0 BWC record. It is just the second conference crown that the Rainbow Wahive have ever won. The 'Bows won the Western Athletic Conference championship in 2012, the school's final season in the WAC. That year, UH faced Notre Dame in the opening round of their first NCAA appearance that was hosted by Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill.
The Rainbow Wahine will find out where they will be going on the NCAA Division I Women's Tennis Selection Show which will be aired on Tuesday, May 1 at 11:00 a.m. (HT) at NCAA.com.
Join sixteen-time Grand Slam winning doubles players Bob and Mike Bryan and legendary doubles player/U.S. Davis Cup & Olympics coach Tom Gullikson as well as a cast of other top-notch doubles coaches at the High Powered Doubles Tennis Camp, September 26-30 at the Royal Lahaina Tennis Ranch.
Considered one of the best doubles teams in the history of the game, Bob and Mike Bryan have done it all from winning Grand Slams to playing exhibitions to doing commercials and sharing their musical talents. The 39-year-old twin brothers have won 116 doubles titles, including 16 Grand Slams, and reached 30 Grand Slam finals, all of which are records for a men’s doubles team.
Sign up now for this once in a lifetime opportunity to take your doubles game to a whole new level while learning from the best in the game.
The camp is open to all doubles players ranked 4.0-5.5 NTRP skill level, bring a partner or get paired up at the Royal Lahaina Tennis Ranch and master return of serve strategies, effective doubles practice drills, a better tennis mindset on "big points", and video analysis of your game using Dartfish technology.
For more information on the camp, call Cathy Nicoloff at 264-0752 or visit royallahaina.com.
Tommy Haas made his Invesco Series debut April 7th by winning the QQQ Legends Charleston title defeating Andy Roddick 6-1 in the championship match at the Volvo Car Stadium in Charleston, South Carolina making him the player to beat when the series moves to the Kohala Coast on May 6th.
Haas, who turned 40 on April 3, ended his career on the ATP World Tour last year and officially announced his retirement at the 2018 BNP Paribas Open where is he is the Tournament Director. The former world No. 2 and silver medalist at the 2000 Olympic Games won his last career ATP match in Stuttgart, Germany last June on grass when he upset Roger Federer in the second round. Roddick, the winner of the year-long Invesco Series points title in 2015 and 2017, joked his displeasure of Haas joining the North American circuit for champion tennis players over the age of 30 by saying there should be a rule that players should not be eligible to play on the series if they had beaten Federer within the last year.
Haas, John McEnroe, Jim Courier and Mardy Fish will be the four players competing in the inaugural Champions Cup hosted by the Mauna Lani Bay Hotel & Bungalows and will play two one-set semifinal matches and a championship match between the winners. The tournament will be one of ten events in 2018 on the PowerShares Series, the North American tennis circuit for champion tennis players over the age of 30. Mauna Lani Bay Hotel & Bungalows was also the host venue for the 1992 Davis Cup first round tie between the United States and Argentina, featuring McEnroe.
“It’s great that the PowerShares Series has made its way to Hawaii, which will undoubtedly be a very enjoyable event,” said McEnroe. “I have some good memories of playing at Mauna Lani Bay Hotel & Bungalows in Hawaii from our first round Davis Cup match against Argentina in 1992, when we went on to win the title. It’s going to be great to come back, play some great tennis and enjoy a bit of Hawaiian paradise.”
Festivities will begin on Saturday May 5 at 2 pm with a charity kids clinic, following by VIP hit-with-the-pros sessions and VIP Player Party.
On Sunday, doors will open at 1 pm and the program will start with a local exhibition match. Haas and Fish, the Olympic silver medalists from the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney and the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, respectively, will play the first semifinal at 2 pm, following by McEnroe, the four-time U.S. Open and three-time Wimbledon champion against Courier, the two-time French and Australian Open champion. The winners will then face off in the championship match to follow.
For more information and to purchase tickets go to PowerShares.com.
The Boris Becker Beach Resort and Tennis Academy has been described as the region's most ambitious integrated luxury mega-resort ever —strategically located at entrance of Ras al Khaimah's lush Al Marjan Island, the sprawling 2.5 million square-foot project offers a rare dual ocean-front advantage, with the estate stretching from one end of isle's shore to the next. An aerial view of the massive coast-to-coast development tells the story of the sea turtle, noted in folklore for its longevity and resilience, nestling peacefully along the shores of the isle.
In addition to offering two ocean front exposures and 2.5 million square feet of luxury holiday homes — the resort will feature high end resort and spa facilities, a five star hotel, and of course a world-class tennis academy 50% owned by Becker himself.
Becker who will play a significant role in the design of the Tennis Academy, will also co-manage the completed facility, assisted by long-time friend, and fellow German Davis-Cup team partner, Eric Jelen. The world class structure will feature 6 tennis courts with rebound-ace surfaces.
Call your travel agent and book your reservations now!
Jim Courier, a member of the last two winning U.S. Davis Cup teams in 1992 and 1995, will join former Davis Cup standouts Mikael Pernfors of Sweden, MaliVai Washington of the United States and Jimmy Arias of the United States at the InsideOut Ultimate Fantasy Camp, held Nov. 29 through December 2 at the Ginn Hammock Beach Resort in Northeast Florida. The three-day camp, held at the seaside resort, will feature personalized on-court instruction and competition as well as off-court insight, including first-hand analysis of the U.S vs. Russia Davis Cup final, held concurrently to the camp in Portland, Ore.
The weekend tennis camp will include:
Tennis sessions with the pros twice a day on Friday and Saturday and once on Sunday
A daily fitness session with the pros
Luxury accommodations in a one, two or three-bedroom suite
All first class meals,snacks and beverages with the pros
Access to the resort’s world-class fitness center and two miles of pristine beach front
Access to all resort amenities, including two signature golf courses, resort spa,a six-acre pool pavilion
Courier was one of the most heroic U.S. Davis Cup team members, winning the title-clinching match for the United States against Jakob Hlasek of Switzerland in 1992 in Ft. Worth, Texas, the last time the United States hosted a Davis Cup final. Courier was also a singles competitor for the U.S. team that defeated Russia in the 1995 Davis Cup final in Moscow, the last time the United States won the Davis Cup title. A former world No. 1 and two-time French and Australian Open champion, Courier held a 17-10 career Davis Cup record and represented the United States for seven years.
Over the course of the weekend, guests will receive pointers on their game, see exclusive pro exhibitions and gain the inside scoop on life on tour and face off in competition with new friends, all with personalized attention in a breathtakingly beautiful setting.
When the workday is done, guests will retire to luxuriously appointed guest rooms, all with ocean or golf course views and then reconvene with the pros for meals each evening. Whether planning corporate meetings, incentive travel or special events, guests have a wealth of world-class amenities at their doorstep, including beach access, a fitness center and spa services and a multi-acre water and swim pavilion.
For reservations or to inquire about the program, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Look no more. Guests staying at The Ritz-Carlton, Cancun can now enjoy the services of The Cliff Drysdale Tennis Center, a premier sporting facility offering world-class tennis programs all year round.
Services range from private lessons and morning clinics, to group tournaments and corporate socials. Custom-designed classes using Drysdale-style and technical instruction take place at the three outdoor hard courts overlooking the Nichupte Lagoon and the Caribbean Sea. In addition, the center offers a personalized video critique service to analyze the technical development of each player’s game. After the play, guests enjoy Cancun’s stunning sunsets directly from the courts. Healthy hors d’ouevres and juices are served courtside.
Court Valets provide guests with personalized and customized services to enhance the tennis experience. The Center also boasts a Pro Shop, offering a collection of the finest designer shirts, shoes, dresses and sport accessories.