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Valdez and Janssen capture open singles titles at HTA Houston Open

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Top seed Adrian Valdez of San Antonio reclaimed the men’s open singles title that he won in 2006 by defeating the No. 3 seed, Rodney Vickers of Houston, 6-3, 6-1 in the finals of the Houston Tennis Association Houston Open at Lee LeClear Tennis Center, which was held April 18-21.

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Second seed Rachel Janssen of Farmers Branch, a finalist in last year’s event, won the women’s open singles title over Kai Siewrattan of Houston 6-3, 6-1.

The 42-year-old Valdez, who works for a computer company, believes his game is improving.

“I’m playing smarter and steadier, conserving my energy when I need to,” he said.

Valdez slipped behind Vickers, a former Stratford High and Texas Tech player, in the fourth game of the first set but immediately broke back to run off eight straight games to lead 6-3, 4-0. Vickers held in the fifth game of the second set, but Valdez took the next two games, ending the match with a well-placed volley.

The unseeded Siewrattan, a teaching pro and former top junior player, had eliminated the top seed Biola Akewula in three sets in the semifinals but ran out of gas against Janssen, who claimed her win in 30 minutes.

No. 2 seeds Alejandro Gonzalez of Austin and Alex Ortega of San Antonio upset the top seeds Eoin Collins of Houston and Vickers 6-3, 5-7, 6-0 in the men’s open doubles, and Montgomery’s Kristie Reid and Erika Richarme defeated Jordan McCombs of Pasadena and Pia Alexandra Vantho of Houston 0-6, 7-5, 6-3 for the women’s open doubles title.

In an all-Houston mixed open doubles match Emily Chen and Zach Marnitz upset top seeds Emma McDougall and Dickson Ogu 7-5, 6-2.

Results of all the adult, senior and super senior divisions, including consolation, are available on the USTA tournament website. More than 575 players entered the tournament.


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