Local tennis drought extended due to rain

SEAL BEACH – A more than decade-long drought between a player from the San Gabriel Valley winning a CIF Southern Section Individual Girls’ Tennis Championship was delayed at least a couple more days.

That’s because San Marino High senior Dorothy Tang, who was aiming to become the first local individual titlist since Titans alumna Luana Magnani clinched a crown in 1999, had her momentum delayed by rain at Thursday’s scheduled semifinals at the Seal Beach Tennis Center.

Precipitation postponed her match versus either Moore League champion Cindy Nguyen of Long Beach Millikan or South Coast League champion Mayci Jones of Tesoro to Monday at approximately 11 a.m.

Jones and Nguyen’s quarterfinal match, which initially began Wednesday afternoon, was postponed until 10 a.m., with Jones up, 6-2, 2-0, with the winner set to face the Princeton-bound Tang afterward.

“For Dorothy, I don’t know if the wait is a good thing or not. We always try to look at the positive,” San Marino Coach Melwin Pereira said. “The other girls have to play a few more games, so we’ll get a chance to watch.”

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