Taylor Bryant wins two divisions at Fallbrook Open

Temecula’s Taylor Bryant won the Fallbrook Open doubles tournament as wells as the singles tournament the same weekend in June. Philip Farry / The Telescope (2015)
Temecula’s Taylor Bryant won the Fallbrook Open doubles tournament as wells as the singles tournament the same weekend in June. Philip Farry / The Telescope (2015)

Taylor Bryant of Temecula won two divisions at the Fallbrook Open tournament held at the Fallbrook Tennis Club during the first two weekends of June.

Bryant teamed with his father, Robert, in the Father-Son Doubles competition and won the championship when an injury forced Anthony and Sean Cohen of Carlsbad to default in the final; the Bryant’s had taken a 6-2, 6-4 victory over Aaron and Yves Nepomuceno of Chula Vista in the semifinals. Taylor and Robert Bryant, who also lives in Temecula, were opponents in the Men’s 4.5 Singles final which went to three sets before Taylor Bryant defeated his father in the 6-4, 5-7, 6-3 match.

The Mixed 4.0 Doubles championship was won by Eileen Killeen and Ignacio Medina of Temecula, who took a 6-4, 6-0 victory in the championship match against Charlotte Dehesa of Murrieta and Edwin Ustariz of Wildomar. James Carroll and William Pomerenke of Temecula prevailed in the Men’s 4.5 Doubles division final with a 6-1, 6-0 triumph against Robert Sheehan and Dieter Steinmetz of Oceanside. Bob Wood of Temecula teamed with Brian Wood of Irvine to win the Men’s 3.5 Doubles division; in the final they won 6-2 and 6-3 sets over Temecula netters Nefthali Capua and Mehdi Sharmahd.

The Men’s 3.5 Singles final between Temecula players Joseph Mazi and Sridhar Sadasivan was decided in three sets. The first set was tied at six games apiece before Mazi won the tiebreaking game by a 7-5 margin. Sadasivan achieved a 6-2 victory in the second set to tie the match. Mazi won the championship with a 6-3 victory in the third set.

Lilli Gibson of Temecula won the Women’s 3.5 Singles championship with a 6-0, 6-2 victory in the final against Jacqueline Johnston of Fallbrook.

Two Temecula netters won divisions which involved a round-robin format. Leslie Raleigh of Temecula and Chris Van Wechel of Fallbrook teamed for the Women’s 4.5 Doubles championship. Jim Cunningham of Temecula, who turned 70 earlier this year, won the Men’s 70 Singles title.

Temecula’s Miriam Byers and Fallbrook’s Caron Lieber partnered in Women’s 4.0 Doubles play. Although the duo of Carol Durette of Oceanside and Teri Stevens of Carlsbad prevailed over Byers and Lieber in the championship match, Durette and Stevens needed three sets to do so. Byers and Lieber took a 6-2 victory in the first set before Durette and Stevens countered with 6-1 and 6-0 victories to win the match and the division title.

Holly Birdsell of Lake Elsinore reached the final of the Women’s 4.0 Singles division before losing a 6-0, 6-3 match to Alana Butler of San Diego.

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