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Martina Ondrejkova and Ana Zubori Float to the Top at Lake Invitational
November 18, 2017
Franklin Lakes, NJ
The draw was small but potent at this year’s Lake Invitational, with two hot teams on a collision course to meet in the finals. Before the anticipated final round matchup, however, top-seeded Kerri Delmonico and Myrthe Molenveld, who tore through last week’s Connecticut Open without losing a set, and second-seeded Martina Ondrejkova and Ana Zubori had to face down some tough competition.
In one semifinal, Delmonico/Molenveld struggled to beat Hall of Famer Bobo Delaney and Tonia Mangan 6-4, 7-6 (7-5). Delaney/Mangan, known for their long, close matches, played tiebreak sets in each of their three matches, but could not win the one to extend their semifinal match to a third set. In the other semi, Cooey Lyon and Charlotte Sikora did manage to take the second set against Ondrejkova/Zubori before losing in three.
Ondrejkova/Zubori have been improving as a team with each tournament this year, and they exhibited their upgraded play in the final, beating Delmonico/Molenveld, 6-2, 6-3.
Tournament director Ana Brzova and the staff at the Indian Trail Club always run a great tournament, but this year they had quite a treat for the players. After each match, the players had a 15 minute session with a massage therapist. After a long day of paddle, especially in the rain, what could be better!
Main Draw: Martina Ondrejkova/Ana Zubori def. Kerri Delmonico/Myrthe Molenveld, 6-2, 6-3
Quarterfinal Reprieve: Andrea Noyes/Judy Takach def. Jill Feher/Kristin Mets
Consolation: Cecilia Bowers/Jill Klaffky def. Heather McCormack/Vaira Van Son, 6-2, 6-3
Consolation Reprieve: Jane Berra/Molli Dowd def. Emily Demello/Jacqueline Mackool, 6-0, 6-1