NEWPORT BEACH — Shane Korber had a plane to catch, and it looked like he might not make it Friday morning.
Korber, who will be a senior at Corona del Mar High, was in quite a battle with Cerritos' Ganesh Alagappan in the boys' 18s singles final at the 21st annual The Tennis Club Junior Tournament. The way it was going, it looked like his 12:40 p.m. flight out of John Wayne Airport – to the clay court nationals in Florida, which begin today – might have been in doubt.
The match against Alagappan started at 9 a.m. sharp, and the first game lasted 22 minutes before Korber held serve. Eventually, though, Korber made sure he had plenty of time to pass security and hop on a plane.
He won his second straight 18s singles title at the "War by the Shore," beating Alagappan, 6-3, 6-2.
"I love this tournament," Korber said. "It's good to go out with a win, now that I'm 18. Every tournament that I play now is my last tournament, annually. I'm actually on quite the winning streak in SoCal tourneys. I won the Laguna Niguel tournament last month."