Jim Kohr suffers stunning injury default loss in York City-County Tennis

DICK VanO'Linda
  • Jim Kohr suffered a stunning injury-default loss on Monday in City-County Tennis action.
  • Kohr was leading Mikesh Desai, 7-5, 5-2, when Kohr took the injury default.
  • Kohr, who is nearly 50, was trying to win his 18th City-County Men's Open Singles crown.

Jim Kohr was hurting on Monday evening.

The 17-time York City-County Men's Open Singles champion pulled a muscle on Sunday during a match in Columbia, Maryland.

Jim Kohr's bid for an 18th York City-County Men's Open Singles title was derailed on Monday evening by an injury-default loss to Mikesh Desai.

Unfortunately for Kohr, he pulled a different muscle on Monday in a City-County quarterfinal match.

It looked, though, like Kohr was going to make it through to the semifinals. He was leading sixth-seeded Mikesh Desai 7-5, 5-2, and was ahead 40-love in the remaining game. The top-seeded Kohr need just one more point to close out the match.

However, before another point was played, Kohr called Desai to the net.

Shortly after that, the two left the court at Wisehaven Tennis Center without playing another point.

In a stunning development, Kohr took an injury default, awarding the match to Desai.

"My legs are shot," Kohr said. "I was hurting today, but I played through. But at 49.85 years of age, I don't think I'm just going to heal it."

Desai was really surprised by the injury default.

"It's too bad it happened, Jim's a great player," Desai said. "It was a very sportsman-like thing he did, letting me go through to the next round. I was looking forward to seeing him play tomorrow, instead I'll be playing."

Desai will face eighth-seeded Kaltrin Bullaj in the semifinals.

The Men's Open Singles semifinal between second-seeded Phil Myers and unseeded Ben Sentz on Monday was halted by darkness in the third set.

Doubles champions: Meanwhile, champions were crowned in two classes on Monday evening.

Amy Ankeny and Paty Bryner combined to win the Women's Open Doubles title and Carl Strozyk teamed with David Keys to capture the Men's 50-Plus Doubles crown.

"We play a lot together," Ankeny said. "I work part-time here (at Wisehaven) and Paty is my favorite partner."

Ankeny was making her first appearance in the City-County tournament in more than 20 years and Bryner said it was her first appearance in the event in 17 years.

Women's Singles: In other action, former Susquehannock High School star and current York College standout Katie Wagner scored a 6-1, 6-2 victory over Abbey Anderson in a Women's Open Singles semifinal. Wagner is the second seed and Anderson was the third seed. 

The other Women's Open Singles semifinal between defending champion and top-seeded Katie Lynn and unseeded Dagney Markle was suspended by darkness in the third set. 

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