Steamboat Springs Steamboat Springs’ Keegan Burger emerged atop the Steamboat NTRP Championships on Sunday after being tested about as thoroughly as a player can be.
A day after defeating Hayden’s Louis Nijsten, 7-5, 6-1, in the semifinals, Burger outlasted Paul Williams, of Denver, in three tight sets, 6-2, 4-6, and in a tiebreaker, 7-6 (5).
Barely. He trailed 1-4 in the final set before rebounding to force the tiebreaker.
“I just tried to be consistent and take advantage of opportunities,” he said.
Burger, a Steamboat Springs High School graduate, plays collegiately at Rollins College. He headed back for that season Sunday evening.
“It was great,” he said about the tournament. “It was fun. I got to play Louis, one of my good friends who I play a lot, and my whole family was there today, too. It was a lot of fun.”
The tournament attracted 285 players who combined for 400 entries in 23 divisions to Steamboat Springs. Play ran throughout the day Friday and Saturday before wrapping up Sunday.
Local Kira Lorenzen also owned her division, women’s 4.0, after advancing to the finals by eking out a tiebreaker in the semfinals Saturday.
On Sunday, she beat Shannon McKay, 6-3, 6-4.
Two other sets of Steamboat players were in action Sunday playing on teams. Carol Bender and Christina Peters lost to a Front Range pair, 6-2, 6-4, in the women’s 4.0 doubles finals.
Stacy Swiggart and Shannon Cross, meanwhile, fell in the women’s 5.0 doubles finals to an Arvada team, 6-1, 6-7 (3), 10-5.
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