After back pain forced upstart Kady Pooler to retire from her semifinal Saturday, the women’s singles final at the Pacific Northwest Tennis Open Championships will feature the top two seeds – No. 2 Suzanne Matzenauer and No. 1 Gail Brodsky – at 11 a.m. Sunday.
The final day of the 122nd renewal of the Northwest’s oldest tennis tournament will also feature a 1-2 match in the men’s final – top-seeded Mohamed Abid, a 6-3, 6-2 winner over Malcolm Harrison, against second-seeded Julio Peralta – at about 12:30 p.m.
Pooler, who had injured her lower back earlier in the week,was down 0-4 to Brodsky when she retired from the match.
“I’m definitely glad to be in the final any way I can get,” Brodsky said. “I’m really excited going into tomorrow’s match. I will be playing a really good player and I’m going to be happy if I come out the winner or the loser. It doesn’t make any difference.”
Matzenauer, after winning the first set, had to rally against Dasha Ivanova for a 6-1, 3-6, 6-4 victory.
Similarly, Peralta had to hold off a strong challenge from Campbell Johnson to capture his semifinal, 6-1, 7-5.
Matzenauer, a Bellarmine Prep grad, will be busy today, playing in the mixed doubles final as part of the top-seeded team with Luke Shields, and in the women’s doubles final with Pooler, also the top-seeded team.
Doubles finals follow the singles finals at the Tacoma Lawn Tennis Club.
Men’s doubles will feature Brian Battistone and Joel Kielbowicz against Abid and Oren Motevassel.email@example.com