Rain washed away all but one match from

By Eric Clutter Record-Courier staff writer Published:

Rain washed away all but one match from Monday, forcing those first-round matches to be rescheduled for today.

One of the better battles that took place Tuesday was the men's doubles match, pitting Bob Smith and Doug Wirt against the father/son duo of Austin and Alex Melton.

Paced by some effective serving, Smith and Wirt won a tiebreaker in the second set to win the match 6-3, 7-6 (7-3).

Smith and Wirt will now take on Tim Adkins and Blair Stockley Thursday in a semifinal match.

The Meltons fought off elimination several times and nearly forced a third game. The pair trailed 5-4 and then was down 6-5, with Smith and Wirt serving for match point. After staving off match point and forcing a tiebreaker, the Meltons were unable to come back again, however. Smith and Wirt broke away from a 2-2 deadlock and never looked back.

"We just played steady and didn't make many mistakes; we played our game," said Smith. "Doug's serve helped us. He has a big serve and that helped us a lot. We got a point when we needed one."

This is the second time Smith and Wirt have teamed up at the PC Open. The two also got together during the 1998 Open.

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RECORD-COURIER PORTAGE COUNTY OPEN TENNIS TOURNAMENT

(At Kent Roosevelt)

FIRST ROUND

Men's Singles

Jon Neuzil def. Erik Shilling, 6-1, 6-2

Jeff Fosnight def. Ahmed Gallab, 6-4, 6-4

Cory Fosnight def. Seth Corthell, 7-6, 6-2

Women's Singles

Jenny Hoffman def. Laine Sommers, 6-1, 6-4

Men's Doubles

Bob Smith/Doug Wirt def. Alex Melton/Austin Melton, 6-3, 7-6 (7-3)

Windsor Chan/Ben Trimble def. Tom Hines/Paul Schoenberg, 6-2, 7-5

John Kluth/John Shimko def. Norm Sandvoss/Dave Bissler, 6-2, 7-5

Bill Konnert/Frank Susi def. Ed Whitehouse/Yoshi Hakutani, by default

Women's Doubles

Stephanie Fosnight/Kailyn Moyer def. Lindsay Wargo/Sarah Durkalski, 6-0, 6-1

Mixed Doubles (Monday)

Linda Williams/John Kluth def. Ann Bolek/Manouchehr Salehi, 7-5, 6-3

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