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Sunday, November 30, 2008

Few Matches Completed on Damp First Sunday at Eddie Herr

©Colette Lewis 2008--
Bradenton FL--

The sun came out for a few moments Sunday afternoon, but just when the courts reached a playable stage the rain returned, and the few matches that were completed Sunday at the Eddie Herr International were played on the three indoor courts at the IMG/Bollettieri Tennis Academy.

The second round of the boys 12s were fortunate to go out at 8 a.m., and all finished before the morning rains. The U.S. had three No. 1 seeds when the main draw started on Saturday (all the seeds in the 12s are designated as No. 1s), and two of those--David Crisovan and Daniel Kerznerman--advanced, both in straight sets. But the third, Toshiki Matsuya from Washington, ranked No. 1 in the USTA 12s, fell in one of few three setters of the day.

Matsuya had a size disadvantage to overcome against Alexander Sendegeya of Great Britain, and he managed to do that in the first set, but lost 3-6, 7-5, 6-4. Sendegeya, who trains at Bollettieri's, is making something of a habit of comebacks, as he won on Saturday against Dan Stefan of the U.S., 6-7(3), 6-2, 6-0.

The other U.S. boys advancing to the round of 32 are Artemi Amari, Deiton Baughman, Carter Lin, Timothy Kane, Julian Zlobinsky, Nikola Samardzic and Stefan Koslov. Kozlov and Kerznerman will meet in the only all-U.S. match in the next round.

One round of the girls 18s qualifying was completed, and six U.S. girls have reached the third and final round. CC Sardinha, Lauren Herring, Maria Belaya, Kara Kucin, Courtney Dolehide and Malika Rose will have an opportunity to earn a spot in the main draw with a win on Monday, weather permitting. (It is still raining as of 8 p.m. on Sunday evening).

Of the matches that were moved indoors, one of the most exciting featured Kyle McMorrow and David Holiner of the U.S. in 18s second round qualifying. McMorrow held off a determined comeback by Holiner to take a 6-3, 3-6, 7-6(5) decision. Played on the second court away from the viewing, with no scoring devices, it was difficult to keep track of the score, but even without knowing exactly what was at stake in each point, it was a very entertaining brand of tennis.

For complete results, see eddieherr.com.