Stephens Beats Venus in WTT; More NY Buzz Personnel Changes; Rhyne Williams, Jordan Cox and Melanie Oudin Features; Texas Recruiting Classes
As I tweeted earlier today, Sloane Stephens, one of the amateur juniors comprising the World Team Tennis New York Buzz, had a very special moment last night when she defeated Venus Williams of the Philadelphia Freedoms 5-3. The Schenectady Daily Gazette, which has done a great job covering the team, calls it a "pinch-me" win for Stephens, in this article. Madison Keys did not play for the Freedoms, and Christina McHale has still not played for the Buzz, with Mallory Burdette helping out with doubles last night against the formidable pairing of Williams and Lisa Raymond. Alex Domijan also won his singles match, beating Australian Nathan Healey 5-3.
The Buzz play the Kansas City Explorers tonight, with Jack Sock joining the team as a substitute for the injured Evan King. Ryan Lipman will then take King's place on the roster for the remainder of the season.
At the Pittsburgh Futures, lucky loser Blake Strode and wild card Steve Johnson have advanced to the semifinals. Strode defeated Matt Kandath in today's quarterfinals and Johnson took out Austin Krajicek. Krajicek has reached the doubles final however, with 2007 singles champion Rhyne Williams. Williams is the subject of this story in the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. According to the reporter, Karen Price, Williams is now being coached by former USTA national coach Martin Van Daalen. Williams lost to Matej Bocko of Slovakia in today's quarterfinals.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution had two tennis stories today: one about Melanie Oudin, which mistakenly says that she is the youngest player in the WTA Top 100 (she is second, behind Michelle Larcher de Brito). The reporter has acknowledged the error, and I assume a correction will follow. The other is a short feature on Wimbledon junior finalist Jordan Cox.
The Texas College Tennis blogger, who will be revealing his identity in a few weeks in an interview I'm doing for the Tennis Recruiting Network, reviews the 2009 men's recruiting classes of Texas A & M and Texas in this post today.
Finally, I get a lot of questions on where I'll be in upcoming weeks and months, so I've installed a calendar in the sidebar that provides that information. As soon as I have firm dates I will update the calendar, but I can't guarantee that it will be 100% accurate at all times.