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Guerin rules the tennis courts, wins USTA tourney

Updated 6:59 pm, Tuesday, July 12, 2011
  • Weston's Kimmy Guerin revels in holding the gold medal Monday after winning the USTA U-16 National Open championship in Manasquan, N.J. Photo: Contributed Photo
    Weston's Kimmy Guerin revels in holding the gold medal Monday after winning the USTA U-16 National Open championship in Manasquan, N.J. Photo: Contributed Photo

 

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Weston tennis ace Kimmy Guerin picked up where she left off this spring.

After dominating the state by winning every set and match and losing only eight games, the State Open champion Guerin proved she can conquer her opponents out of state by winning the United States Tennis Association's U-16 National Open championship in Manasquan, N.J. Monday with a 6-3, 6-4 victory over Jessica Ho of Wexford, Pa.

"It felt very exciting to win," Guerin said. "I'm glad to get my second USTA National Open title under my belt."

Guerin was the top-seed in this tournament and her first tournament win came in February in Erie, Pa.

Before defeating Ho, Guerin began the tournament with two wins over New Jersey players. She beat Joanna Zalewski 6-4, 6-1 in the first round and bageled Ekaterina Bure, 6-0, 6-0 in the second round.

After serving a bagel, Guerin was tested but passed with flying colors in a 6-3, 6-4 victory over fifth-seeded Hannah Shteyn of Staten Island, N.Y. in the quarterfinals and a 6-2, 7-6 (7-0) triumph over fourth-seeded Gabriella Umoquit of Texas.

Next up for Guerin is the Intersectionals, which starts today in Louisiana. Her schedule gets busier as she heads to Virginia Beach from July 17-24, the Team Zone Competition from July 27-31 in St. Louis, Mo., and the National Hardcourt Championships from Aug. 6-14 in San Diego, Calif.

"I want to thank everyone for their overwhelming support and I look forward to seeing them at my future matches," Guerin said.