Monday, 26 May 2014

Bailey's back – Wins title at WLTC Open

Sean Bailey (left) faced Chad Lacap in the men's final at the WLTC
Open & Senior Championships held at the Winnipeg Lawn Tennis Club.

After a year hiatus from the Tennis Manitoba Open Tour, Sean Bailey provided Sunday's tennis crowd at the Winnipeg Lawn Tennis Club with a dominant display of power and and all-court coverage en route to winning the men's open singles title at the WLTC Open & Senior Championships.

Dropping a stingy four games throughout the tournament, Bailey demonstrated his former NCAA college tennis prowess while the rest of the field struggled to find their form during the first outdoor tournament of the season.

In the end, it was Bailey who was victorious in the men's open final against Chad Lacap, with a match score of 6-1 6-0. The biggest challenge for the No. 1 seeded Bailey came in the semi-finals, where he disposed of another former NCAA combatant, Shane Nicholls 6-3 6-0. Earlier in the day, No. 3 seeded Lacap knocked off Manitoba tennis hall of famer Ray Daumler in a three setter 1-6 7-5 6-2.

In a battle of the juniors, it was Kylie Waschuk who defeated Sabrina Alano 7-5 6-1 to take the women's open title. Waschuk remains undefeated on Manitoba soil during the past 22 months, going back to the 2012 Manitoba Open.

Alano quickly rebounded, going 3-0 in the women's 4.5 singles event round robin.

Top seeded Patrick Fu won the men's 4.5 singles event, with a 6-1 6-3 victory over Connor Davies. And it was the No. 2 seed Gary Ma who out lasted Jeffrey Friesen 6-3 0-6 6-4 for the men's 3.5 singles title.

In men's 4.5 doubles, it was the team of Jovial Anoling and Noel Pe who bested Mike Bockstael and Chris Schaap 6-2 6-2. The 4.5 mixed doubles was settled by a third set super tie-break, where Hugh Hull and Michaela Tennant triumphed over Souk Xoum and Samantha Lee 6-1 6-7(5) 10-3. The team of Lillian Wong and Jody Woods went 3-0 in their women`s 3.5 doubles round robin.

A complete listing of match scores are available at www.tennismanitoba.com

Next up on the Tennis Manitoba Open Tour is the Manitoba Clay Court Challenge being held at Taylor Tennis, June 9 - 15. The online entry deadline is June 6 at 12 noon. For more details, visit www.tennismanitoba.com

Click on above image to view WLTC Open photo album.