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RSF’s DeSimone wins Open championship

SAN DIEGO — Gabriella De Simone of Rancho Santa Fe had a day to remember at the Balboa Tennis Club, capturing the singles title at the USTA National Open Hard Court Championships Sunday. The 19-year-old De Simone, a member of the women’s tennis team at the University of Southern California, defeated second-seeded Megan McCray of Oceanside, 6-1, 6-0, in the women’s singles final.

Rancho Santa Fe resident Gabriella De Simone wins the USTA National Open Hard Court Championships Sunday against Oceanside’s Megan McCray. Photo by J. Fred Sidhu

After exchanging service breaks in the first set to open the women’s singles final, De Simone won 11 consecutive games on her way to winning the title. Afterwards she said the score did not indicate how tough the match was.

“(McCray) really made me work for every point. I stayed focused and competed really well.” De Simone said. “This win is really good for my confidence. I’m really happy about it.”

The 16-year-old McCray from Oceanside, overcame a strong challenge from 13-year-old Parris Todd of Irvine Saturday before pulling out a tough 6-2, 7-6 (3) semifinal victory to face DeSimone Sunday.

McCray won a bronze ball in last year’s USTA National Open Hard Court Championships.

Oceanside resident Megan McCray makes it to the finals of the USTA National Open Hard Court Championships Sunday. Photo by J. Fred Sidhu

In the men’s singles final Clarke Spinosa, who plays intercollegiate tennis for the University of San Diego, defeated seventh-seeded Campbell Johnson of Rancho Santa Fe, 2-6, 6-1, 6-1, in the men’s singles final.

The winners of each division received a USTA gold ball. Runners up receive a silver ball, while third place receives a bronze ball.