Ross and Steenkamp Capture Singles Titles

October 27, 2009

Cory Ross, the No. 1 seed, of Littleton, Colo., claimed the men’s open title at the $10,000 United States Professional Tennis Association Hard Court Championships Sunday at the Hollytree Country Club in Tyler, Texas. Ross defeated the No. 3 seed, James Daly of Tyler, Texas, 6-2, 6-1, for the championship. Therina Steenkamp of Madisonville, La., earned the women’s open championship title by defeating Ristine Olson of Missoula, Mont., 3-6, 6-3, 7-6. Ross later joined forces with Daly to win the men’s open doubles title.

The tournament, which was held from Oct. 23-25, was sponsored by Hembree Chiropractic and Tyler Beverages and included events in the following categories: men’s and women’s open singles and doubles, men’s 35 and 45 singles and women’s 45 singles. The competition featured several of the top men and women tennis-teaching professionals in the country.

Below is a complete list of results from final-round matches:

Men’s Open Singles Finals

Cory Ross (1), Littleton, Colo., def. James Daly (3), Tyler, Texas, 6-2, 6-1.

Women’s Open Singles Finals

Therina Steenkamp, Madisonville, La., def. Ristine Olson, Dallas, 3-6, 6-3, 7-6.

Men’s 35-and-over Singles Round Robin

Guillaume Gauthier, Tyler, Texas, def. Lance Hagan, Dallas, 6-3, 6-1. Gauthier def. Jory Ereckson, Georgetown, Texas, 6-4, 6-2. Hagan def. Ereckson, 6-3, 7-6.

Men’s 45-and-over Singles Round Robin

Patrick Serret, Alexandria, La., def. Chris Blair, Longview, Texas, 6-1, 6-1. Blair def. Edwin Donoso, Humble, Texas, Wd (emerg). Serret def. Donoso, Wd (emerg).

Women’s 45-and-over Singles Finals

Lori Robertson, Albuquerque, N.M., def. Kathy Vick, Lubbock, Texas, 7-5, 7-6.

Men’s Open Doubles Finals

James Daly, Tyler, Texas, and Cory Ross, Littleton, Colo., def. Jory Ereckson, Georgetown, Texas, and Guillaume Gauthier, Tyler, Texas, 6-1, 7-5.

Women’s Open Doubles Finals

Ristine Olson, Dallas, and Tiffany Tucker, North Richland Hills, Texas, def. Yasmin Keshef, Ann Arbor, Mich., and Therina Steenkamp, Madisonville, La., 6-3, 6-4.

The tournament was the final one for 2009 in a series of national tournaments on several court surfaces that the USPTA offered to its members as part of the USPTA National Surface Championship Series.

The national tournaments are open to members in good standing. For additional information, please contact the USPTA at 800-USPTA-4U. USPTA Professionals may log in to the “members only” section of the USPTA Web site at for more information.