Cargill outlasts upstart

BOB MACKIN -- 24 Hours Vancouver

, Last Updated: 8:39 AM ET

American Ansley Cargill repeated as Odlum Brown Vancouver Open women's singles tennis champion Sunday in West Vancouver with a 7-5, 6-4 win over unseeded Quebecer Valerie Tetreault.

Cargill, the 24-year-old Atlanta-born number-one seed, used her double-handed backhand and patience at the net to beat Tetreault. Tetreault, an 18-year-old from Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Que. showed strength on the baseline in the U.S. Tennis Association pro tournament at Hollyburn Country Club.

"She came out strong," said Cargill. "[The difference] was a couple points here and there and being more aggressive."

Tetreault upset top seed Ryoko Fuda of Japan in Saturday's semifinal and opened the final with a first-game win. She led 3-2, but Cargill eventually took charge at 5-3. Tetreault battled back to break serve for a 5-5 tie. Cargill did the same for a 6-5 advantage and outlasted Tetreault to win the first set 7-5.

"We had some really long rallies," Tetreault said. "In the second [set] we were both a little more tired, we tried to go for winners earlier in the points."

Tetreault and Cargill traded points until the veteran broke serve for a 4-3 lead when Tetreault ended a long rally with a shot into the net from the baseline.

Despite losing a game on three out-of-bounds shots, Cargill was able to prevent Tetreault from winning another point. * South African Rik De Voest beat American Amer Delic 7-6, (7-4), 6-2 in the men's final. Americans Eric Butorac and Travis Parrot were doubles winners over Delic and American Glenn Weiner 4-6, 6-3, 11-9.


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