Ojai locals fare well
Weil Tennis Academy
yields top honors
by Misty Volaski
For one small academy, Mark Weil's tennis academy sure has
a lot of winners. As expected, Weil Tennis Academy students Sesil
Karatanchev, Yevgeny Supeko and Anna Tatishvili all won their
Karatanchev, a 12-year-old playing in the girls' 16-and-under
division, blasted away the competition with her far-superior
skills. She beat Ojai native Nathalie Selleslags, 8-0 in early
play, then went on to beat Saskia Nauenberg, 6-3 and 6-0, for
the championship title. She was presented with the Hal Gorham
Supeko, playing in the boys' 16-and-under competition, came out
strong, beating Ojai player Ryan Rifkin in the quarterfinals,
8-4. Supeko went on to win his division against Kaes Van't Hof
of Newport Beach, 6-4, 6-3. He was presented with the Perry T.
Tatishvili, a 12-year-old originally from the Republic of Georgia
but now boarding at Weil, won the girls' 14-and-under division.
She topped Logan Hansen, 6-4, 6-4, in the championship game.
She was presented with the Rotary Club of Ojai Trophy.
Lori Stern, the first Ojai native to win the girls' 16-and-under
division last year, made it to the semifinals of the girls' 18-and-under
division this year. However, she was eliminated by eventual winner
Elizabeth Exon, 6-2, 6-4. Stern, a high school senior, does not
attend Weil Tennis Academy.
© 2002 The Ojai Valley News
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