BLUE MOON BUZZ Thurs, July 31 by Bruce Nagel
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Welp sportsfans, we are down to the final four, and Semi-Finals Friday is going to be super. But first the BUZZ from tonight!
Summary THURS July 31:
In the first match of the evening three-pete Champions, #3 Minh Le and Wei Yu Su played the Land of the Giants team # 5 Jeff Fitch and Andrea Zannoni. Minh and Wei Yu were strong and injury free. The astounding quickness that made Minh famous was back, and Wei Yu looked lean and fit. Jeff and Andreas' games sharpened with every set, but not quite enough to win this one. Minh and Wei Yu advanced to the semi-finals, 6-3, 6-4.
Then, at 7:30pm the #2 seeded team of Mika Maatta and Jan Tribler defeated the last of the Qualifying teams, Eddie Acuna and Doug Hoshaw 6-1, 6-1. Mika and Jan have never looked more focused. Is it possible that they get better with age? Eddie and Doug were awesome to have in the tournament. Their 4 hour qualifying match which they won 7-6, 6-7, 7-6 was one of the best qualifying matches ever played. Eddie and Doug said they would try to come next year!
Results: Thursday July 31
#3 Minh Le/Wei-Yu Su def. #5 Jeff Fitch/Andrea Zannoni 6-3, 6 -4
#2 Mika Maatta/Jan Axel Tribler def. Qualifiers Eddie Acuna/Doug Hoshaw 6-1, 6-1
Schedule for Semi-finals Friday!
At 6pm the #1 seeded team of Ikaika Jobe and Dennis Lajola will face #4 Hendrik Bode and Pierre Tafelski. Dennis is perhaps the strongest player in the tournament. He is very fast and very consistent. Ikaika has the quick twitch muscles of an Andy Roddick. It sounds different when Hendrik and Pierre hit the ball. They crush it. For sure, there will be fireworks in this slug-fest.
The second match of the night will be a classic. #2 Jan Axel Tribler and Mika Maatta vs #3 Minh Le and Wei Yu Su. These teams played each other in the finals four years in a row, with Minh and Wei Yu winning the first three and Jan and Mika winning the last. All four of these players are in tip top condition. You're gonna wanna watch this one.
6:00p #1 Ikaika Jobe/Dennis Lajola vs. #4 Hendrik Bode/Pierre Tafelski
7:15p #2 Mika Maatta/Jan Axel Tribler vs. # 3 Minh Le/Wei-Yu Su
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Welp, that's all for now sportsfans! I look forward to seeing you at the best tennis club this side of the Mississippi!!!!
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