Thursday was a decent day for players from Texas or Texas teams. In singles it represented a big moment for several players, as All-American honors are earned for those reaching the round of 16 in singles, who were not already in the top-16 in the country. Tomorrow is the day for doubles as players must reach the quarters.
MEN’S SINGLES (Round of 32)
Singh (Virginia) def. Kutrovsky (Texas), 6-2, 6-0
Pollock (Texas A&M) def. Gooch (Elon), 7-6 (8), 7-6 (2)
Rosa (Rice) def. Bowles (Florida State), 5-7, 7-5, 6-0
WOMEN’S SINGLES (Round of 32)
Marand (North Carolina) def. Marks (Arizona), 6-3, 7-5
MEN’S DOUBLES (Round of 32)
#4 Hunt/Schnugg (Georgia) def. Barrick/Singh (Virginia), 4-6, 6-3, 7-6 (4)
Carvalho/Rojmar (Texas Tech) def. Cubas/Machado (South Carolina), 6-4, 7-5
Krajicek/Pollock (Texas A&M) def. Benneteau/Burkhardt (Florida), 6-3, 3-6, 7-5
#2 Sandgren/Smith (Tennessee) def. Galic/Rux (Baylor), 6-4, 6-2
Farah/Johnson (Southern California) def. Brighiu/Simon (TCU), 6-2, 6-4
WOMEN’S DOUBLES (Round of 32)
Harkins/Sydorska (TCU) def. Alexander/Revzina (Florida), 7-5, 7-6
Borsanyi/Broosova (Baylor) def. Mijacika/Wong (Clemson), 6-1, 7-6
Lui/Rose (Northwestern) vs. Gloria/Rowe (Fresno State), 7-6, 6-4
Boonstra/Mather (Florida) def. #4 Grabinski/Marand (North Carolina), 6-2, 6-2
Sanaz Marand looked great in her match this morning. She was pretty much in control all of the first set, but got down an early break in the second. She remained calm, eventually breaking at 2-4, then again at 5-all to secure the win by serving it out. I got some photos of her that I will add tonight.
Conor Pollock did not play his best tennis today, but that’s how it goes sometimes. He overcame his shaky play, however, to win it two tiebreakers.
Dmitri Kutrovsky played what can only be described as his worst match of the year. Sanam Singh played a heck of a match, but Kutrovsky never challenged him. Give credit to Singh though as he served about as well as he can and just never stopped attacking.
Rice’s Bruno Rosa played the strangest match of the day. He was down 7-5 5-1 before turning things arouns and winning 12-straight games and the match. Rosa saved five match points, two at 5-1 and three while Clint Bowles was serving at 5-3 40-0. I think the third set took maybe 15 minutes. I had packed my things to leave, stopped to speak with Colette Lewis from Zoo Tennis, went to the restroom. When I walked past the court, it was already 5-0. By the time I got to my car, they were shaking hands.
Obviously I didn’t catch much doubles.
HOTTY TODDY, GOSH ALMIGHTY
No, I am not going to talk about Devin Britton-berg’s win over Inglot, although Inglot’s brother is obnoxious to say the least and was in full form during the Singh-Kutrovsky match. I am talking once again about the all-hottie team.
Chris from Texas A&M would like to add Mallory Cecil from Duke to the squad. The freshman from Spartanburg, SC was somehow missed during the initial selection. Se has also been mentioned by several others who follow the women closer than I.
I have also been informed that the men’s all-hottie team will be sent to me soon by fans longtime college tennis fans. I have been told that Blake Strode of Arkansas will be on the list, LINK and LINK with dreads.
RECRUITING CLASS RANKINGS
It is my understanding that TennisRecruiting.net will be releasing their rankings soon. I cannot wait to see where the UT and Texas A&M classes end up. Both had a good year of signings and I did participate in the rankings. I will be doing an article for that website in the near future on both of their classes.