Sunday, June 23, 2019

Riffice falls in Tulsa final; Zamarripas stay hot

   On paper, today's final in the $25,000 Tulsa (Okla.) Pro Championships was a mismatch.
   That's pretty much the way it worked out.
   Top-seeded Maxime Cressy, a 22-year-old Paris native who plays for the United States, dominated unseeded Sam Riffice, a 20-year-old Sacramento native, 6-3, 6-1 in 63 minutes.
   Riffice, the Southeastern Conference Freshman of the Year at Florida and a quarterfinalist in last month's NCAA Singles Championships, fell to 0-4 in singles finals of professional tournaments.
   Cressy won his third singles title in pro tourneys. He completed his eligibility at UCLA last month after capturing the NCAA doubles title with Keegan Smith.
   In today's final, the 6-foot-6 (1.98-meter) Cressy won 54 percent of the points on his second serve (7 of 13) to the 6-foot-2 (1.88-meter) Riffice's 28 percent (7 of 25).
   Cressy held all eight of his service games, hammering 10 aces and committed three double faults. Riffice, who lives in Orlando, Fla., was broken four of eight times. He had one ace and five double faults.
   Zamarripa twins win another title – Allura Zamarripa and Maribella Zamarripa, 16-year-old twins from Saint Helena in the Napa area, won their second doubles title in two weeks and third overall in pro tournaments.
    Seeded second, they beat unseeded Kimmi Hance of Torrance in the Los Angeles area and Ashlyn Krueger of Flower Mound, Texas, in the Dallas-Fort Worth region 6-3, 6-1 in the final of a $15,000 tourney in Orlando.

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