***image1***From 22 competitors, it came down to two.
After taking the long road out of the loser’s bracket, hard-hitting Adrian Flores, from the 435th Materiel Maintenance Squadron, just didn’t have the energy to compete with Craig Hendrix, U.S. Air Forces in Europe commander’s support staff, who won the championship match Tuesday in straight sets, 6-3, 6-1.
In the opening game of the match, it looked as though Flores, with his nasty, Western-grip topspins, would overpower Hendrix – he nearly did, but failed to convert on four break chances.
Flores then showed off a huge first serve in the second game, holding at love.
They were on serve until 2-1, when Hendrix pushed Flores to a break point after deuce and took full advantage to go ahead 3-1.
Flores broke right back in the next game, however, to put the match back on serve.
At 4-3, Hendrix broke again and managed to fend off a break point in the ninth game to take the first set.
Flores’ well began to run dry in the second set – his power forehands started missing their mark, and his serve faltered as Hendrix was able to get the early break and hold to go ahead 2-0 right away.
Flores held serve in the third game, but that was all she wrote as Hendrix dominated the remainder of the set, to take the match, and the tournament.
Carner wins women’s bracket
Two civilians duked it out in the final of the women’s bracket of the tournament June 30. Hilda Carner beat Elizabeth Reynolds 6-1, 6-0 to take the tournament trophy.