Tuesday, July 15, 2003

Familiar figure is back in action

Met tennis: Angela Farley Wilson is playing after 12 years away

By Tom Groeschen
The Cincinnati Enquirer

The Farleys are one of Cincinnati's best-known tennis families, and one of their stars returned to the Thomas E. Price Metropolitan Tennis Championship Monday.

Angela (Farley) Wilson, the 1988 women's Met champion, is back in the tournament after a 12-year absence. Her husband's job has taken the family to several states, and the Wilsons moved back to town last year when Webster Wilson became CEO of Five Seasons Country Club in Northern Kentucky.

"It's great to be back and seeing so many familiar faces," Angela Wilson said. "I've been playing enough to keep my game up."

Wilson and doubles partner Keri Preng, seeded No. 2, beat unseeded Cahira Castellini Zobrist and Jessie LeMasters 6-1, 6-1 in a quarterfinal match at Lunken Playfield on Monday.

Wilson, 38, last played in the Met in 1990 and finished runner-up to Clare Kuhlman Krumme. Wilson also is playing singles in the 2003 Met and is seeded No. 4.

Wilson made her name at Indian Hill High School, where as Angela Farley she won a state doubles title and earned a state runner-up finish in singles. Her younger sister, Andrea, followed her to Indian Hill and won four consecutive state singles titles. Andrea Farley recently married and is an attorney in


"She's doing well," Angela said. "We just had a family reunion last weekend."

Angela Wilson and her partner, Preng, both teach at Five Seasons in Northern Kentucky.

BAD BREAK: Michael Hon, a 29-year-old Met participant from Hamilton, underwent surgery Monday after suffering severe leg injuries in a Round of 32 doubles match late Sunday.

Hon twisted awkwardly while trying to avoid a hard shot, and in the process severely dislocated his left ankle and also suffered torn ligaments. As Hon veered right, his left leg stayed planted on the Lunken clay court. Nearby players said they heard a pop, and tournament regulars said they had never seen an injury so severe in tennis.

"I've never heard of anything like that happening," said Karen Montavon, Met tournament director since 1992. "It's a shame. He was in a lot of pain when it happened, and I know he faces a long rehab."

UP NEXT: Men's singles Round of 16 matches are today at 5:30 p.m., with women's singles Round of 16 matches beginning at 6 p.m. Men's doubles quarterfinals are at 7:30 p.m.

For scheduling information call 321-1772.


E-mail tgroeschen@enquirer.com.

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