Georgia Tech Wins Two Matches vs. USTA National Team; Vania King Replaces Serena Williams in Fed Cup; Cavaliers Fill Draws at Challenger
The Georgia Tech women's team took two singles matches from the USTA girls national team on Saturday afternoon, the only two singles matches the USTA girls lost in their three-campus swing this week. All-American champion Irina Falconi downed Lauren Davis 6-4, 6-3 at No. 1 and sophomore Lynn Blau defeated Kyle McPhillips 7-6, 3-6, 6-2 at No. 3 to give the Yellow Jackets a split of the four singles matches that were played. Lauren Herring defeated Sasha Krupina 6-4, 7-5 at No. 2 singles and Breaunna Addison earned a 6-0, 6-4 victory over Hilary Davis at No. 4, giving the national team an 11-2 singles record. This is quite a contrast to the only other USTA girls national team result earlier this year, when the University of Miami team posted a convincing victory over the younger girls. National coach Jean Desdunes said at the time of the Miami match that he thought "they'll be better next time, because I think they'll know what to expect. It will be interesting to see what they'll do the next time they get an opportunity like that."
It certainly appears that they learned from that experience.
In the two doubles matches, the USTA teams swept both matches, with Herring and Grace Min defeating Falconi and Krupina 8-5 and Monica Turewicz and Chanelle Van Nguyen beating Blau and Davis 8-6.
For a recap of the match and comments from Georgia Tech head coach Bryan Shelton, see the Georgia Tech website.
Although earlier this month Serena Williams had stated that she would play Fed Cup unless she was in a wheelchair, she informed the USTA today that she would not be participating. No reason is given in this brief announcement from the USTA. Vania King, who just returned to California from Asia according to her blog post entitled "I'm finally home", won't be for long, as she was named to take Williams's place.
There is no men's Pro Circuit event this week in the United States, but there are two new venues next week, a Futures in Birmingham, Alabama and a Challenger in Charlottesville, Virginia. Qualifying is underway in both, and in today's opening round in Charlottesville, nearly half of the 32-draw is current or former Cavaliers. Although the draw hasn't yet been updated, the order of play for Sunday indicates that Virginia freshman Jarmere Jenkins defeated top qualifying seed Jamie Baker, and Virginia junior Sanam Singh beat No. 3 seed Ricardas Berankis. See the ATP challenger page for the draws. For more on the tournament, see this article from the Charlottesville Daily Progress.