Thursday, August 27, 2009

Talking with Paul Goldstein; Dolehide, Cohen Get Top 100 Wins in Bronx Challenger

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.


Rod said...

In the Paul Goldstein article, Collette Lewis talks to someone who has endured the journey. The free advice is consistent with what we have heard before. Many times. Why then do so many of these juniors make sketchy career decisions?

The latest is Alison Riske.

overzealous US teens said...

I agree with Rod. Alison Riske should have never turned pro. I understand taking a year off to play pro tournaments because it is a once in a lifetime opportunity and you never what to say "what if..." but at least keep your amateur status.

Colette, do you have any idea why McHale and Muhammad are no longer in the Women's Doubles entry list. It seems Ahn and Dolehide have taken their place.

Colette Lewis said...

I don't know why Muhammad and McHale are not in the women's doubles entry list

bullfrog said...

In addition to Britton facing Federer, Alexa Glatch drew defending champion Serena Williams in the first round!