Ahn Wins Challenger in Hammond; Texas A&M Corpus Christi Penalties Revealed; Buchanan Gets First Win at Ohio State
Sixteen-year-old Kristie Ahn got her first main draw victory on the Pro Circuit this year, then her second, third, fourth and fifth, as she won the $25,000 Tangipahoa Tourism/Loeb Law Firm Tennis Classic in Hammond, Louisiana today. A wild card who had fallen in the final round of qualifying at both Rancho Mirage and Surprise last month, Ahn defeated two Top 200 players last week: No. 160 Renata Voracova of the Czech Republic in the first round and No. 182 Jorgelina Cravero of Argentina in the third round. In today's final, Ahn lost the first set 6-0, but battled back to defeat Australian qualifier Sophie Ferguson by taking the final two sets 6-4, 6-4. For the complete draw, see the Pro Circuit results page.
Last week the NCAA announced penalities for violations in several sports in the Texas A&M-Corpus Christi athletic department, including men's tennis. See the NCAA website's announcement for the complete explanation.
Chase Buchanan made his (home [added 3/30/09]) singles debut today for the Ohio State Buckeyes, defeating unranked Tobias Wernet of Minnesota 6-3, 6-2 at No. 2 singles. No. 6 Ohio State beat the No. 28th-ranked Gophers 7-0 today in Columbus to stay a perfect 4-0 in the Big Ten. For complete scores, see the Minnesota website.
The ninth-ranked University of Illinois, expected to be Ohio State's strongest competition for the conference title, lost today to No. 27th-ranked Notre Dame 4-3, in a non-conference match. The Notre Dame website has the details here.