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The hard hitting soldier from Iraq, Jean Telfort vs. The Chinese tennis warrior from Beijing, William Young
Date of Match: April 25, 2005
Central Park Tennis Center

Jean def William 6-4, 1-6, 6-4

First and foremost, thanks for the match set-up with William.
Today was a better day for William although he came out on the losing end (Jean def William 6-4, 1-6, 6-4).  William knew what to expect from me today and made sure he stayed away from my forehands and attacked my backhands repeatedly thorughout the course of the match.  I had to summon competitive spirit in order to prevail today.


Weather was perfect this morning.  Jean and I played for 2 solid hours with many long baseline rallies.  On match point, Jean got a lucky netcord that just rolled over the net.  The final score was Jean def. Will 64, 16, 64.

Match breakdown by Sets: reported by Jean

1st Set (Jean 6-4)
William started well today taking a 2-0 lead in the first set, I rallied to get back on serve, the set was even and could have been anybody's until a bad game by William at 4-4 gave me another break for 5-4; I then capitalized and served out the set.
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2nd Set (William 6-1)
William raced to a 4-0 lead with some precision play.  I couldn't find the range on anything, my serve, backhand(my weak side), and forehand were out of sort.  I managed to break for 1-4, just to surrender it back to William and he served out the set in style when my return(backhand) sailed long on set point.

3rd Set (Jean 6-4)
I regrouped and led 5-1 with some good serves and deep groundstrokes.  A lapse of concentration and sloppy play on my part nearly cost me the match as William pulled to 4-5 after a break of serve.  I failed to serve out the match on two occasions.  It was a moment of truth at 5-4, I decided o go for broke and finally closed out the match with a break of serve.  For the record, at match point, I hit my return and the ball hit the net and softly dropped on William's side (bad break, but I kissed the net after).

A rivalry is bornand I definitely will up the ante against William from now on.  He is a competitive player, and a lot of fun.  He acknowledged my good shots as I do his, and we always displayed great camaraderie on the court.

I am looking forward to the rematch.



The FEISTY Chinese Warrior, William Young (photo L) vs. The hard hitting soldier, Jean Telfort 
Jean Telfort def. William Young 6-1 6-1
Date of Match:
Wed, April 20, 2005
William said: Jean was more consistent from the baseline today.  I guess he was able to practice and play more this week.  I was out last week and wasn't able to play.  It was a combination of those two things. Maybe if we play again next time, it will be a different score."




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