FRIDAY, August 1, 2014
The semi finals lived up to everyone's expectations with dazzling tennis. In the first match of the evening #4Hendrik Bode and Pierre Tafelski faced the #1 seeded team of Ikaika Jobe and Dennis Lajola.
Hendrik and Pierre had seemed to improve with each passing set of the tournament. They both have beautiful one handed backhands and they love to hit the ball hard. They had varied their strategies, often both playing back on their opponents serves. Against almost any other opponent their power and strategies would have done the job. But Ikaika and Dennis aren't your normal opponents. They have monster groundstrokes too, and were a bit more consistent. The #1 seeds escaped 6-4, 7-6(2).
The 7:15 match was a classic. #2 Jan Axel Tribler/Mika Maatta played the #3 seeded team of Minh Le/Wei Yu Su. These two teams had played each other in this tournament 5 times before. Four times in the finals! Tonight, Jan and Mike tied the series at 3-all.
The match began with Jan and Mika taking the first set and jumping to 2-0, 40-15 with Jan serving. Things were looking peachy for Jan and Mika until Minh and Wei Yu went on a hot streak, winning 6 games in a row and the second set 6-2.
The third set was nip and tuck with multiple lead changes. They had a point that was so exciting, it got a standing ovation! When Wei Yu was serving for the match at 6-5, Jan, who felt like he had hit one too many returns in the net, decided to change to a racquet with a lower string tension. That may have been a deciding factor. Jan and Mika went on to break Wei Yu and then prevail in the tie-break. Jan and Mika advance to the finals, 6-3, 2-6, 7-6(3)
#1 Ikaika Jobe/Dennis Lajola def/ #4 Hendrik Bode/Pierre Tafelski 6-4, 7-6(2)
#2 Mika Maatta/Jan Axel Tribler def. # 3 Minh Le/Wei-Yu Su 6-3, 2-6, 7-6(3)
1.PLAY-OFF, 6:00pm, 8-game pro-set.
#3 Minh Le/Wei Yu Su vs. #4 Hendrik Bode/Pierre Tafelski
FINALS: 7:30 or so...
#1 Ikaika Jobe/Dennis Lajola vs. #2 Mika Maatta/Jan Axel Tribler
2. SPONSORS DRAWINGS FRIDAY
Sally Takamine, the club's accountant, won a $100 certificate to the wonderful Lanikai Bath and Body. Brit Reis of Reis Pediatris won a tooth whitening from Summer Wood and Oceanview Dental, and Clare Mayehara won a $50 certificate to McCully Bike!
Click HERE to see a fun collection of photos from Rhea Yamashiro!
4.Shane Cashen Videos!
Click HERE for the Minh Le/Wei Yu Su vs. Jeff Fitch/Andrea Zannoni quarter-final post game interviews.
Click HERE for the Mika Maatta/Jan Axel Tribler vs. Eddie Acuna/Doug Hoshaw post game interviews.
5.Click HERE for the complete draw! (You will need to scroll down, click on "Draws" and then "choose the event" Click HERE to check out the Triple Crown standings.
Welp, that's all for now sportsfans! I look forward to seeing you at the best tennis club this side of the Mississippi!!!!
GM Kailua Racquet Club