Sunday: Day 4: Lenning Breaks the Record!
MAUMEE, Ohio -- Sean Lenning entered Sunday’s final aiming to become the most winning 3-Wall singles champion in history, while Abraham Montijo was seeking his first pro singles major title. To eclipse Vince Munoz’s ten 3-Wall national titles, Lenning would need to serve well and defend Montijo’s deep power hop serve.
Lenning brought a different intensity from the previous day to the rain-soaked courts on Sunday morning, blasting every serve and shot with ferocious and devastating power and covering the court with cat-like quickness. Lenning clinched game one after a two-hour rain delay, 21-6, and was ever more dominating in game two, clinching the 3-Wall record emphatically, 21-0. “That’s the record,” screamed Lenning’s best friend and doubles partner Marcos Chavez in the Ohio rain.
“That was the best I’ve ever seen Sean play,” stated finals referee Jim Smith. “Every shot was simply outstanding.”
“Sean simply took over in the second game, hardly leaving the service box or the front court,” stated USHA Development Director Matthew Krueger.
Final: Lenning d. Montijo, 21-6, 21-0
Women’s Pro Singles
Hilary Rushe was aiming to continue her 3-Wall dominance, having won the women’s singles in Maumee in her last two Maumee outings. Rushe faced Texas’ surging Kristen Hughes, who has proven she belongs on the court with the best in the sport. Rushe cruised in game one and held off a spirited charge from the Longhorns’ Hughes to advance to the final in two games.
Megan Dorneker entered the bottom bracket semifinal against New York’s cross over star Danielle Daskalakis seeking to add to her sparkling 3-Wall resume. The greatest women’s 3-Waller of the 21st century was unable to fend off the sharp-shooting, sweet-swinging southpaw from Brooklyn, as DD escaped a close first game and cruised in game two to meet the Chicago by-way-of-Ireland’s Rushe in Monday’s final.
Women’s Pro Singles Semifinals
Rushe d. Hughes, 21-7, 21-13; Daskalakis d. Dorneker, 21-18, 21-3.
Final (Monday): Rushe vs. Daskalakis
Men’s Pro Doubles
Lenning/Chavez d. C. Lemus/M. Lemus, 21-8, 21-11; L. Collado/Torres d. Montijo/D. Cordova, 21-20, 9-21, 11-3.
Final (Monday): Lenning/Chavez vs. L. Collado/Torres
Men’s 3-Wall Big Ball Pro Doubles
Sanchez/Camacho d. Vale/Kaplan 21-16, 21-6; D. Munson/M. Munson d. D. Szatkowski/Dorneker, 21-10, 21-11.
Final (Monday): Sanchez/Camacho vs. D. Munson/M. Munson
Monday will feature the Men’s Pro Small Ball and Big Ball Doubles finals, the Women’s Pro Singles and Doubles finals, as well as the master’s, junior, and skill level stars in action.
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WPH Senior Writer/USHA Correspondent