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Los Altos resident makes it to finals of Mtn. View Open tennis tournament


Courtesy of John Togasaki
Marisue Jacutin de Mariona competes in mixed doubles.

No local resident claimed a championship at this year’s Mountain View Open tennis tournament, though Marisue Jacutin de Mariona came close.

The Los Altos resident reached the mixed-doubles final with partner Pablo Schurig of Walnut Creek May 26 at Cuesta Park. That’s where they met their match in Philip Graham (Oakland) and Alex Poorta (Moraga), who prevailed 6-2, 3-6, 6-2.

Tournament director John Togasaki said Jacutin de Mariona and Schurig “started off slow in the first set but had a lot of energy in the second set to take it to a third, but they weren’t able to quite pull it off.”

In the semifinals, the duo blanked Leo Bax (Sunnyvale) and Stefanie Allen (Monterey) 6-0, 6-0.

Jacutin de Mariona was born and raised in the Philippines, where she was once ranked No. 1 nationally.

Other highlights from the 50th Mountain View Open, held over two weekends:

• Lane Leschly of Atherton took home the men’s singles title with a 6-3, 6-7 (7), 6-4 victory over Sunnyvale’s Nitzan Ricklis. The 18-year-old Ricklis “showed a lot of grit and resiliency,” Togasaki said. The 20-year-old Leschly will be a sophomore at Harvard University in the fall; Ricklis is bound for the University of San Francisco.

• Two teens battled for the women’s singles crown, as 16-year-old India Houghton of Belvedere cruised to a 6-0, 6-2 win over Lanie Van Linge, 18, of Menlo Park. “India came out with confidence in her final and took control of the match immediately,” Togasaki said. Houghton attends Redwood High School in Larkspur; Van Linge is headed to the University of Michigan in the fall.

• Ricklis and Cody Rakela from Scotts Valley outlasted Andrew Ngo (San Jose) and Ryan Sablan (Pleasanton) in the men’s doubles final. Ricklis and Rakela triumphed 4-6, 6-1, 6-3. The fourth-seeded duo “was the younger and more powerful team,” Togasaki said.

For complete results and more information on the tourney, visit mvopen.com.

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