|Jody Woods and Lillian Wong catch the spirit at the 2013 WWC
Doubles & Mixed Christmas Classic held on December 18th – 22nd
at the Winnipeg Winter Club.
By Geoff Kirbyson
Since moving to the third week in December, the last open tournament of the year gives local players away on tennis scholarships a chance to perform in front of friends and family.
This year’s edition of the WWC Doubles & Mixed Christmas Classic didn’t disappoint. And in some cases, it also gave some future college players a chance to show their wares.
Sean Bailey and Alan Gardiner defeated Geoff Kirbyson and Alex Lesiuk in the Men’s Open final, 6-2, 6-2.
Lesiuk didn’t leave the tournament empty-handed, however, as he teamed with Kylie Waschuk to defeat Ainsley Bishop and Peter Otto, 7-5, 6-3 in the Mixed Open final.
The Women’s Open was a round robin event with just three teams. Bishop and Olga Berdynskykh took home the top prize with a 2-0 record, winning 24 games and losing only six.
In Men’s 4.5 action, top seeds Mark Vandal and Todd Vandal defeated Quincy Davis and Souk Xoum, 6-2, 4-6, 10-3.
Sabrina Alano and Reece Carter won the Women’s 4.5 round robin with a record of 3-0. They then faced each other in the Mixed 4.5 final, with Alano partnering with Michael Alano to defeat Carter and Marcello Audino, 6-2, 6-2.
Carolyn Derksen and Al Reinsch won the Mixed 3.5 event, posting a 3-0 record, including a nail-biting victory over Shirley Jones and Allan Mcelroy, 6-2, 3-6, 10-6.