Marcia Frost has already posted an article on this theme over at College Tennis Examiner, and I've come across even more collegiate success stories today. I received some photos by email from Brandon L'Heureux, a Dallas-area teaching pro who attended the $50,000 Women's Pro Circuit event in Grapevine, Texas. Although there were no college players in the women's final (Canada's Valerie Tetreault fought off match points to win 2-6, 7-6(6), 7-6(1) over countrywoman Stephanie Dubois, surviving a heat index that reached 110 degrees, he reports), the doubles title was won by Riza Zalameda, the NCAA team MVP when UCLA won the title in 2008 and the NCAA doubles champion (with Tracy Lin) that year. Playing with Lindsay Lee-Waters, the No. 2 seeds defeated the unseeded pair of Kim Couts and Tetreault 7-6(5) 6-3. It is Zalameda's third $50,000 doubles title in the past two months--she previously won in Raleigh with Lilia Osterloh and in Carson with Laura Granville--and not once has her team needed a match tiebreaker to advance. In fact, the tiebreaker in the opening set yesterday was only time an opposing team has taken more than four games from Zalameda and her partner. She is now approaching the Top 100 in the WTA doubles rankings, and I imagine if she doesn't get into the US Open women's doubles draw, she'll be on the short list for a wild card.
Also of note from that tournament, Georgia Tech rising sophomore Irina Falconi reached the semifinals as an unseeded wild card before losing a close match to Dubois. The complete results can be found at usta.com.
Zalameda wasn't the only former Bruin to capture a tournament title last week. Haythem Abid of Tunisia won a $15,000 ITF Men's Circuit event in Syria as a qualifier. The left-hander had reached the final of a $10,000 tournament in his home country last month.
University of Kentucky All-American Bruno Agostinelli of Canada was the hero of his country's bid to stay in the America Zone Group 1, after they had lost 3-2 to Ecuador in March, a tie that Agostinelli, a senior at Kentucky, did not participate in. Yesterday, Agostinelli was not only playing in the deciding match against Peru, on clay, but was forced to sleep on a two sets to one lead when darkness led to suspension of the match. The National Post had this story on the completion of today's match.
Alex Slovic, an All-American at the University of Washington, won the men's tennis gold medal at the World University Games in Serbia, his home country last weekend. Slovic, who was unseeded, beat Tennessee junior JP Smith of Australia in the fourth round and top seed Ivan Sergeyev of Ukraine in the final. See the gohuskies.com for the complete story. I believe that Virginis'a Dom Inglot and his partner won the silver in men's doubles, and that Russia's Ksenia Lykina took the women's gold, but I can't find complete results anywhere online.
And finally, Vanderbilt University's athletic website compiled a list of the highlights of incoming freshman Alison Riske's summer action in this article.
Monday, July 13, 2009