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Stoner Strikes Gold Again: Wins 45 Indoors

November 18, 2009 09:22 PM

USTA National Men's 45 Indoors
Park City Racquet Club - Salt Lake City, Utah
Nov. 9-13, 2009


Andy Stoner with his Mens 45s Indoors trophy check and gold ball.

Cave Creek, Arizona resident Andy Stoner recently captured the USTA National Men's 45 Indoors singles title. Stoner, the top-seed at the event, overcame match point in the semifinals, and went on to win his third national championship gold ball of the year.

The USTA National Men's 45 Indoors took place at the Park City Racquet Club in Salt Lake City, Utah, and brought together nearly 50 of the country's top age group national competitors.

Stoner breezed through his first three rounds, without the loss of a set. Up against eighth-seeded Kelly Ward of League City, Texas in the semifinals, Stoner jumped out to an early 6-3 first set lead, but Ward knotted the match at a set all after a tiebreak victory in the second. Ward pulled within a point of victory four times in the final set down 4-5, but Stoner staved off each of them before prevailing.

"Kelly had a great serve and it was a dogfight that last set just to pull it out," said Stoner. "He had the match point me a few times, but I somehow won that game and relaxed and pulled it out."

A day later, Stoner upended fifth-seeded Thomas Kong (Ventura, Calif.) 7-6, 6-1 for his third age group title of the year. Stoner had compiled a 16-0 record in three national tournaments this year, winning all of them - including the Mens 45s Grass Courts in Germantown, Pa. a couple of months ago and the Babolat World Classic in January in Indian Wells, Calif. With the victory in Utah, Stoner should ascend to the No. 1 ranking in the Mens 45 national rankings.

Stoner also reached the semifinals of the event in Utah with partner Gilbert Schuerholz (Lutherville Timonium, Md.)