Revenge for Earlier Losses in Second Day of Play at 2014 Butterfly Badger Open
Day two of the 2014 Butterfly Badger Open brought new challenges for the players who had succeeded in Saturday’s battles. Mentally and physically exhausted from the long and grueling matches, many players felt they underperformed on Sunday. However, a few focused and determined competitors used yesterday’s experiences to their benefit and excelled in their events.
Danny Seemiller (2458) finally got his championship title in the Under 2500 event after finishing second in both the Open Singles and Open Doubles events yesterday. He did have a tough battle in the finals against Alex Legaria (2395), where he barely pulled out a 3-2 win. Having played Danny yesterday in the doubles event, Alex was able to return Danny’s serve well and led 2-1, before a determined Danny turned the match around. In the age events, a renewed Michael Minh Tran (2333) duly took home the U14 Junior title without issue, not losing a single game en route to the championship. In the Over 40 event, top seed Spenser Lam (2219) was not able to hold onto the title, losing to Aaron Avery (2156) in the semi-final. Avery continued his winning streak to take the Over 40 championship title 3-1 over Ladislav Sranko (2078)
New USATT CEO Gordon Kaye (1469) also exceeded expectations by making the semi-finals of the Under 1600 event. After he finished playing, Gordon stayed in the playing hall late on Sunday afternoon to speak with more players and help take down tables.
Sunday ended with exciting finals of the Under 2400 and Under 2200 events where Lindenwood University players took center stage. Ahmed Hendawi (2299) won the U2400 3-2 and 12-10 in the fifth over fellow Lindenwood teammate Micaiah Skolnick (2315). While and Maria Costillo (2148) took home the title for the U2200 event. Maria was a triple winner this weekend, winning the U2200, U2300 and Women’s Singles events.
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