Katy Lynn is new to the York area, but not to the game of tennis or Wisehaven Tennis Club.
"I used to come down here when I was little and play" Lynn said on Tuesday evening after advancing to the Women's Open Singles championship match in the York City-County Tennis Tournament. "I'm good friends with Phil (Myers, Wisehaven's director of tennis). This is a nice tournament. I used to run one in Bloomsburg (Lynn is from Berwick), and I like to support other people's tournaments."
Lynn, seeded No.1 in the Women's Open draw, defeated Nicole Nikolaus, 6-4, 6-1, in the semifinals. She'll take on the No. 2-seeded player, Lauren Duffy, for the title on Wednesday evening. Duffy, who grew up in York County and is a graduate of South Western High School, earned her spot in the final with a hard-fought 6-3, 6-4 victory over New Oxford High School standout Dagney Markle.
"Lauren is going to get a lot of balls back and make you hit a lot of balls," Lynn said. "We could be out there a while."
Duffy, like Lynn, is playing in City-County for the first time.
"I played at Wisehaven over the winter, and Phil (Myers) encouraged us to sign up," she said. "It's a good tournament and I wish more women would get into it."
After winning the opening set against Markle, Duffy found herself locked in a 4-4 tie in the second set. Markle had an advantage on Duffy's serve in the ninth game, but Duffy got back to deuce by smashing a service winner. She went on to win the game and the match.
"I sometimes rely on my serve, it's one of the strengths of my game," Duffy said.
By turning back Markle's challenge, Duffy gets to play her good friend in the final.
"Katy has a really big forehand," she said. "For me to be successful, I need to stay consistent and go big on my serve."
Lynn was pushed hard by Nikolaus in the first set, but winning the set boosted Lynn's confidence heading into the second set.
"When I start playing more, I get more confidence, and I go for my shots a little more," she said.
Doubles: In addition to the two women's semifinals, the Men's Open Doubles championship was decided on Tuesday evening.
Myers and his partner, Tyler Cheatham, lost the first set, but then rallied for a 5-7, 6-4, 6-1 victory over Eric Fritzges and Mikesh Desai.
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