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Manasse, Cook capture Manhattan Open

Last week's Manhattan Beach Open Tennis Tournament displayed some past, present and future Association of Tennis Professional players and it showed promise for the number involved.

In the championships last Sunday at the Manhattan Beach Country Club, it was a local who grew ujp in the city in ex-Mira Costa standout Maegan Manasse that won the women's singles for the second consecutive time.

Manasse, who captured the CIF-Southern Section singles title as a junior in 2011, downed her childhood friend, Ana Lorena Belmar-Osuna from Guadlajara, Mexico, 6-2, 6-2.

Manasse completed her freshman year at the University of California in Berkeley and starts her sophomore year next month.

Lorena Belmar-Osuna comes from Mexico to train in Rancho Palos Verdes during the summers.

Manasse won handily, although Lorena Belmar-Osuna trailed only 3-2 before Manasse won the next three points to put the game and match away.

The men's winner, Lester Cook from Venice, once played on the ATP nwhere he was ranked as high as 190th in the world before deciding to go into coaching. Cook is a tennis instructor at the Malibu Racquet Club.

The former three-time all-American from Texas A&M University defeated 23-year-old Andre Dome of Arroyo Grande in San Luis Obispo County, 6-4, 6-3, for the championship.

"This was a tough match and Andre was a great player," Cook said. "I was happy with the win."

Cook defeated Doime, who was coming off a semifinalupset of No. 1 seed Haythem Abid.

Later, Abid teammed with Rikus Devilliers, who Dome also eliminated earlier in the tournament to capture the men's doubles title over No. 2 ranked Joel Kielbowicz and Rylan Rizza in split sets, 6-2, 6-7, 10-7. Abid and Devilliers, who are both from Los Angeles, won the first set handily but Kielbowicz and Rizza, head men's tennis coach at Loyola-Marymount University in Westchester, were able to keep up with the top seeds. Kielbowicz and Rizza eaked out a second set victory and were tied at seven in the decisive set before Abid and Devilliers scored the final three points.

Mary Stiles and Christine Daviduk captured the women's 4.0 doubles. Rancho Palos Verdes resident Andy Cohen won the men's 4.5 singles and Manhattan Beach's Chris Billesdon took the men's 4.0 singles title.