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Williams wins thriller

SHERRYLYN CLARKE, [email protected]

Williams wins thriller

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SEANON WILLIAMS just evened the score again.
Local tennis’ No. 2 came out on top this time, having survived top seed Russell Moseley and yet another three-set thriller before winning the men’s open of the Courtesy Garage Tennis Championships 6-4, 6-7 (1), 6-4 on Tuesday at the Ocean View Courts.
It was just the latest in a long line of epic showdowns between the sport’s best local players, who continually play in just about every single final, including April’s nail-biting Pine Hill Championships.
But this one may have been the best yet, with Williams barely holding on by breaking Moseley for a 5-4 lead in the third set and then serving out the three-hour marathon classic.
This was after Williams threatened to run away with a straight-sets win by racing to a quick 2-0 lead in the second set.
However, Moseley swiftly rallied, breaking back immediately before forcing an ensuing tiebreak in a set where nothing could separate the two Davis Cup veterans.
There wasn’t anything close about that tiebreak though, as Moseley dropped just one point en route to levelling the final at a set apiece.
In the decisive third set Williams struck first, breaking Moseley for a crucial 5-4.
?He wasted no time in closing out either to bring the long-awaited finish to a three-set, three-hour marathon. (JM)