The third annual Laguna Creek Open sponsored by Furniture USA took place June 30-July 2 at Laguna Creek Racquet Club. With $2,000 in prize money and over 200 tournament players, the yearly event continues to grow with the quality of play increasing as well.
Austen Huang of Elk Grove entered the event as the third seed in the men’s singles and a top seed in both the men’s doubles and the mixed doubles.
Huang was defeated by Victor Pham (Saratoga) in the semifinals of the men’s singles 6-2, 5-7, 6-1. In the mixed doubles final, Huang and Camille Favero (Sacramento) were defeated 6-1, 3-6, 7-6(4) by Matt Alves (Gold River) and Jillian Taggert (Fair Oaks).
Huang did not come away empty-handed, however. With Pham as his partner, he won in the men’s doubles final versus Cody Duong (Elk Grove) and Andrew Amor (Sacramento), a 6-2, 6-4 victory. Huang felt good following the win.
“It was our first time playing together (with Pham),” Huang said. “It was really fun.”
Huang will be attending Columbia University in the fall. Pham is currently a junior at that school.
The youngster impresses the Director of Tennis at Laguna Creek Racquet Club, Mark Fairchilds.
“Austen is a great player and should have a great tennis career,” he said. “I’m looking forward to his college career and seeing how he does against the best collegiate players in the country.”
Huang is eager to play at the next level.
“I’m really excited. I can’t wait,” he said. “I’m looking forward to hanging out with the team a lot, spending time with them, traveling with…
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