Irina Falconi of Georgia Tech has been the women's star of the USTA Summer Collegiate Team, winning two consecutive $10,000 events and reaching the semifinals of the $50,000 tournament before that. Yesterday, the rising sophomore from Florida defeated another top college player, Tennessee's Caitlyn Whoriskey, 6-3, 6-3 to win the Pro Circuit title in St. Joseph, Mo. Falconi and Ashley Weinhold also won the doubles. Until a few days ago, I didn't realize that Falconi was writing a daily blog; all 15 posts, which include detailed accounts of the matches, can be viewed on the Georgia Tech athletic site.
The St. Joseph News-Press covered the final in this story.
The Girls 18 Nationals seeds were announced today, and Kristie Ahn, the player with the highest WTA ranking, was given the top seed, over defending champion Gail Brodsky. Christina McHale and Sloane Stephens are 3 and 4. Lauren Embree is 5, Nicole Gibbs 6, Asia Muhammad 7 and Jacqueline Cako 8. Beatrice Capra, Mallory Burdette, Pamela Montez, Alexandra Cercone, Brooke Bolender, Julia Boserup, Allie Will, and Grace Min round out the top 16. Madison Keys has apparently withdrawn. The remaining seeds can be found on the TennisLink site. Unseeded floaters that I would consider exceedingly dangerous are Clay Court champion Krista Hardebeck, Kaitlyn Christian, whose WTA ranking is 727, and Ester Goldfeld who is ranked 822.
Harry Cicma interviewed NCAA champion Devin Britton, who plays Marcus Baghdatis in Tuesday night's feature match in the Vancouver challenger, and the result is this post on the Tennis Recruiting Network. Both Cicma and Britton are presuming he's getting the U.S. Open main draw wild card; I hope they're right.
A note on my use of twitter. I fully intend to keep posting each evening on this site, but I use twitter regularly now to post what I think are important, time-sensitive stories, results or links that may not fit into the daily post. This morning I read in the Alton, Ill. Telegraph that Alex Domijan had retired from his Futures finals match with Matt Reid due to cramping, and even though he had withdrawn from the Legg Mason, he was planning on playing Kalamazoo. I linked to that story in an early morning tweet, because I thought it was of great interest and needed to go up right away. So please, if you do not use twitter, I ask that you monitor the Twitter feed on this site for that sort of update.
Monday, August 3, 2009