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Kaltrin Bullaj began the York City-County Tennis Tournament as the eighth-seeded player in the Men's Open Singles Draw.

The Susquehannock High School graduate will seek to end up No. 1 on Wednesday evening.

Bullaj will take on second-seeded Phil Myers for the title. The match is set for 6 p.m. Wednesday at Wisehaven Tennis Club.

Meanwhile, at the same time, former Susquehannock High and current York College standout Katie Wagner will meet former New Oxford star Dagney Markle for the Women's Open Singles championship.

"I really didn't think much about where I was seeded," Bullaj said. "I always felt, 'just come out and play.'"

Bullaj made the final by rallying for a 1-6, 6-4, 6-4 victory over sixth-seeded Mikesh Desai on Tuesday evening.

"He (Desai) destroyed me in the first set," Bullaj said. "I kind of grinded it out in the second set, and he got a little tired in the third set."

Bullaj knows he'll have a huge challenge going up against Myers, who will be appearing in his sixth straight final. The York High and York College grad captured the title in 2014.

"Phil's strength is his variety," Bullaj said. "He hits every shot."

Myers also scored a comeback victory in the semifinals. He rallied to defeat unseeded Ben Sentz, 3-6, 6-4, 6-2. The match was halted by darkness on Monday with Myers leading 3-0 in the third set.

"I started using a lot more finesse shots in the second set," Myers said. "I started using my slice backhand. I used deep slices and short slices."

Myers was able to take away the momentum from Sentz, who consistently crushed the ball off his forehand in the first set.

"He (Sentz) played lights out in the first set," Myers said.

Women's finalists: The women's final, meanwhile, will feature two former York-Adams champions.

The unseeded Markle gained her spot in the final on Tuesday evening by completing a 6-4, 3-6, 6-2 victory over defending champion and top-seeded Katie Lynn. The match was stopped by darkness on Monday with Markle ahead 1-0 in third set.

"She (Lynn) is really good," said Markle, who will attend Wilkes University in the fall. "I came out playing better than I expected to play. This is always a fun tournament, so I wasn't too stressed out."

Markle will bid for her first Women's Open Singles crown. The second-seeded Wagner won the title in 2015. She didn't enter the event last year.

Maderitz, Rishel team for title: In a title match on Tuesday, Chris Maderitz and Holly Rishel won a hard-fought, 6-2, 5-7, 7-6 (2) victory over Hunter Jones and Taylor Jones in the Mixed Intermediate Doubles final.

Reach Dick VanO'Linda at sports@yorkdispatch.com.

 

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