Before the day's US Open qualifying action gets underway, I wanted to post a link to my Tennis Recruiting Network interview with Paul Goldstein, who has a great many wise and measured remarks about college and professional tennis. I really enjoyed talking with him and I hope after a productive midlife career outside tennis, he'll return to the sport.
With all the attention focused on the U.S. Open qualifying, and the Pilot Pen event in New Haven, the $100,000 ITF Women's challenger in the Bronx is flying way under the radar. Part of the reason for this is no publicity (I would wonder about the effectivenes of my sponsorship if I were EmblemHealth), with scores unavailable until the next day, but yesterday there was some very good news for two young American players. The University of Miami's Julia Cohen defeated the WTA's 95th ranked player Anastasija Sevastova of Latvia 7-6(7), 4-6, 6-1, and 17-year-old wild card Courtney Dolehide joined Cohen in the quarterfinals with a 6-4, 6-2 win over No. 82 Patricia Mayr of Austria. This is a very strong field, with most of the competitors already assured a main draw berth in the U.S. Open, so reaching the quarterfinals is especially impressive. Miami's hurricanesports.com had this story on Cohen's victory, which incorrectly states that she's in the round of 16. It is a 32 draw, so two wins puts a player in the quarterfinals.
Thursday, August 27, 2009