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Saturday, March 8, 2008

Anderson and Muhammad Reach Finals in Las Vegas

Nishikori, Stakhovsky, Darcis....and Kevin Anderson's name to the list of surprising ATP tournament finalists in 2008. Anderson, who last year at this time was playing No. 1 for the Fighting Illini, qualified at the Tennis Channel Open and has won the first four matches of his ATP career this week, including today's straight set win over Robby Ginepri. Those of you who follow college tennis can take pride in being ahead of the curve when all the "who is this guy?" remarks start echoing through the tennis media and message boards.

Asia Muhammad has reached the finals in the women's Pro Circuit event with her 6-3, 7-5 win over fellow U.S. wild card Madison Brengle. She will face No. 5 seed Camille Pin of France for the title on Sunday, and this afternoon notified the director here in Mobile that she would not be playing this event. She was replaced as top seed by Christina McHale, who has the best WTA ranking of the competitors here.

The spring sun was warm here for those who took to the practice courts, but once the sun went down, the sweatshirts and warmups went on in a hurry. The next several days are expected to be dry and in the 60s, so conditions should be ideal for great tennis.