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Isner Takes Tallahassee With Win Over Young

April 24, 2009 11:08 AM

John Isner defeated fellow Southerner Donald Young to carry away the trophy of the USTA Tallahassee Tennis Challenger Presented by Comcast at Forestmeadows. Also, Julie Ditty and Carly Gullickson teamed up to take the doubles at the Movie Gallery Pro Classic in Dothan, Ala.

Isner, of Greensboro, N.C., claimed his first championship of the 2009 season after defeating Atlantan Young 7-5, 6-4 in the final.

“It’s hard to win a tournament, especially in a field like this,” Isner said. “It’s not every week you are going to go out and win five consecutive matches, and, in a field as tough as this one, it is definitely an honor.”

Carly Gullickson competes at the
Family Circle Cup.

The first set went back and forth, with both players holding serve until 5-5. On Young’s serve, Isner was able to capitalize on his second break chance to take the lead 6-5. Young was able to save one set point, but Isner’s serve proved to be too much, as the former Bulldog pulled out the set 7-5.

“[Donald] had some chances to break me because I started off a little slow,” Isner said. “I was fortunate to get out of some jams on my serve, and that helped me gain momentum. Once I got a look at a break point, I played a pretty good point and converted.”

Ditty/Gullickson Win Doubles
Ditty and Gullickson came back from a slow start to defeat the Russian duo of Ekaterina Bychkova and Alexandra Panova 2-6, 6-1 [10-6], winning the match tiebreak.

Gullickson, the eighth seed, lost the singles final to Shenay Perrya 4-6, 6-1, 6-3 at the Westgate Tennis Center. Perry and Gullickson, who grew up in Brentwood, Tenn. are close friends and roomed together this week. Last year they won two tournaments as doubles partners.




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