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Southern Talent Shines at 2006 Easter Bowl

April 17, 2006 01:04 PM

Donald Young of Atlanta, Georgia and Reka Zsilinszka of Fayetteville, North Carolina each held their own at the 2006 edition of the Easter Bowl. Young captured the boy’s 18 singles and doubles titles, while Zsilinszka reached the girl’s 18 final.

No. 1 seed Donald Young, 16, claimed his third Easter Bowl singles title and second in the boy’s 18 age group by defeating Dennis Lajola 6-3, 6-1.

“"The last time we played he beat me really bad," said Donald, about the singles final with Dennis. "It was quick. This time I was hoping to make it different. Two times in a row starts to be mental up there, so I couldn't let it be two times in a row. He played well though but I just think I played my game."

Young also teamed up with Jamie Hunt as the No. 1 seeded duo were able capture the boy’s 18 doubles crown by defeating No. 2 seed Kellen Damico and Nate Schnugg 6-1, 6-3.

In the girl’s 18 final, Reka Zsilinszka lost in a grueling three set match to Kim Couts 1-6, 7-5, 3-6.

"I was happy it wasn't straight sets," said Reka. "She played amazing today I have to say and closed it out in the third set. I give her full credit, she played really well. Today was a good result and I got a lot of points for this."

Prior to the Easter Bowl, Zsilinszka, 16, had won the girl's 18 USTA Spring National Championships and was a winner of 24 straight USTA matches in 2006.

The Easter Bowl is a premier junior’s tennis tournament held annually in Palm Springs, California. The tournament features the top youth players from the United States and across the world.




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