Levy, Labat Claim Fifth Third Titles
Aug. 9, 1999
Harel Levy and Florencia Labat claimed the singles crowns at the 1999 Fifth Third Bank Tennis Championships on Sunday, delighting the near-capacity crowd at the Hilary J. Boone Tennis Center with their inspired play.
Levy claimed the men's title by besting hard-serving Kevin Kim, 6-4, 7-6 (4). Levy, who ousted former UK All-American Cedric Kauffmann and No. 1 seed Anthony DuPuis en route to the final, leaped in celebration when Kim hit into the net on match point.
"This is my first win on the challenger level," the 209th-ranked Levy said. "I just celebrated my birthday three days ago, and this is a very nice present."
On the women's side, Florencia Labat rallied from a second-set letdown to claim the women's title, edging Australian sensation Annabel Ellwood, 6-2, 5-7, 6-1. After the two split sets, Labat stormed out to an early 5-1 lead in the third and held on to take the win.
Labat also claimed the doubles crown, teaming with Alexandra Fusai to best Eun-Ha Kim and 1998 Fifth Third Champion Julie Pullin, 6-4, 6-1. Fusai and Labat, ranked 45th on the WTA Tour as a duo, rolled through the Fifth Third draw, not dropping a set in their title run.
Fifth Third Bank Tennis Championships
Men's Singles Final
Harel Levy d. Kevin Kim 6-4, 7-6 (4)Women's Singles Final
Florencia Labat d. Annabel Ellwood 6-2, 5-7, 6-1Women's Doubles Final
Labat/Fusai d. Kim/Pullin 6-4, 6-1