Kohr, Lynn win York City-County Tennis thrillers
- Jim Kohr beat Phil Myers in the Men's Open Singles title match, 6-4, 1-6, 7-5.
- Katy Lynn downed Lauren Duffy in the Women's Open Singles championship, 6-0, 2-6, 7-6 (4).
- Kohr, 48, has now won 17 Men's Open Singles championships.
The York City-County Tennis Tournament has featured some unforgettable matches in its 96-year run.
The two finals that were played on Wednesday evening at Wisehaven Tennis Club will have to be added to the all-time list of memorable matches.
In the Men's Open Singles title match, Jim Kohr fought off a strong challenge from yet another younger player by outlasting Phil Myers, 6-4, 1-6, 7-5. The 48-year-old Kohr boosted his record Men's Singles total to 17 championships.
Meanwhile, on the court next to where Kohr and Myers were playing, Katy Lynn and Lauren Duffy also traded shots into the twilight before Lynn emerged as the 2016 Women's Open Singles winner with a hard-fought 6-0, 2-6, 7-6 (4) victory.
"Great match," Kohr said. "Phil played differently than I anticipated. He was more aggressive and came to the net. It was a cat-and-mouse game going on, and it took everything I had to pull it off."
Myers may have come up just short, but he was pleased with his performance.
"Five years ago, I played the guy (Kohr), and I won two games," he said. "By the end of the first set, I thought, 'I just won four games, I know I can get a set.'"
Myers knew going in that he couldn't defeat Kohr by staying back on the baseline. Attacking was his only option.
"A guy like that who takes your time away, you have to take his time away," Myers said. "I figured the biggest thing I have going is that I'm 21 years younger than he is. I was hoping to pass the torch to the next generation, but it didn't happen."
After splitting the first two sets, Kohr and Myers played a highly competitive third set, with ties at three, four and five. Kohr than held serve for 6-5, smashing an ace on game point. He then broke Myers' serve to close out the match.
"It was very rewarding," Kohr said, when asked his thoughts about winning his first title since 2011. He didn't enter the tournament in 2012, 2013 and 2014. "I haven't been playing much, but you focus on your experience and just try to stay calm. Phil hit some big shots, and It was fun to compete."
Women's final: Lynn and Duffy also competed at a high level in the women's final.
Lynn appeared to be in trouble when she trailed three times in the final set, 3-0, 4-1 and 5-3, but found a way to win the championship in her first try.
"I like to come back," Lynn said. "I knew I could do it (when she was down 5-3)."
Lynn rallied to tie the set at 6-6, forcing a seven-point tie-breaker for the championship.
On the final point of the match, Lynn ripped a forehand on which the ball caught the tape and momentarily stopped on top of the net before falling on to Duffy's side of the court.
"I'm not a huge fan of sitters," Lynn said. "I'm glad that one went over."
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