Richmond, VA (WWBT)- The Richmond Tennis Championships have been held in May in past years, but the event was moved to August for the 2011 version of the tournament. This allowed juniors and college players to take part, setting up a stronger field.
Sunday found the men's and women's championships being decided at Richmond's Byrd Park. The men's side pitted second seeded Jeremy New, a recent graduate of the U.S. Navel Academy, against Matt Waddell, a rising senior at Deep Run High School. Waddell made an upset-filled run to the championship match as an un-seeded player, and that run would continue. After winning the first set, 6-4, Waddell hit a rough stretch. New stormed back by taking the second set, 6-0, and appeared to be in the driver's seat after winning the first game of the third set. Waddell, however, would not be denied. The high school senior overcame leg cramps to power ahead and hold off New down the stretch, taking the final set, 6-4.
The women's side was more lopsided, as Bridget Reichert handed two-time defending champion Ginny Werthom a loss in straight sets. After taking the first set, 6-3, Reichert played near-flawless tennis down the stretch, taking the second set, 6-0. She was able to avenge her loss in the finals to Werthom last year.