McHale, Sweeting Win Wild Cards to French Open; Kudla, Domijan, Robson Reach Pro Circuit Quarterfinals; Carson WC Tournament; Conference POYs, etc.
Christina McHale and Ryan Sweeting have bypassed the qualifying rounds at Roland Garros next month, with hard-fought victories today in the finals of the USTA's French Open Wild Card tournament. Top seed McHale beat No. 7 seed Beatrice Capra 3-6, 6-3, 6-2 and No. 2 seed Sweeting downed No. 6 seed Ryan Harrison 6-4, 6-1, 3-6, 6-4 in the best-of-five men's final. Harvey Fialkov of the Sun-Sentintel posted this story about the two matches a few hours ago. A couple of corrections that slipped by the editor--it's Capra who is from Maryland. McHale is from New Jersey. And Ryan Sweeting spent less than a semester at Florida before turning pro, in 2006, not 2007. Although the Miami Herald's Michelle Kaufman's article from today's matches in not yet up, her story from yesterday's semifinals can be found here.
In Pro Circuit action today, unseeded Laura Robson of Great Britain reached the quarterfinals of the $50,000 tournament in Charlottesville, Va. In the $10,000 men's event in Vero Beach, Denis Kudla and Alex Domijan have reached the quarterfinals with wins today. Bryan Koniecko, who played No. 1 for Ohio State last year, and Maciek Sykut, who played No. 2 and 3 for Florida State last year, teamed up in doubles in Vero Beach and have reached the finals. For draws and schedules, see the Pro Circuit page at usta.com.
There is a wild card tournament next week for qualifying wild cards into the joint $50,000 Carson Challenger later next month. There are many junior players entered, but Amanda Fink, the 2009 USC grad, is the top seed, with Sarah Lee seeded second. Yuki Chiang, the Junior Orange Bowl 14s winner, had a wrist injury that kept her out of Carson and the Easter Bowl, but she is entered in this event. In the men's tournament, Raymond Sarmiento is the top seed and at the other end of the age spectrum, Jeff Tarango, 41, is the No. 2 seed. There are several current USC men entered, but since the team will be Athens for the NCAAs during the Challenger dates, if one of them should win the wild card, they are not likely to be able to use it. For complete draws, see the TennisLink site.
The announcements of the college conference honors are coming fast and furious right now and I thought I would do a brief rundown of some of the major conferences' awards.
Player of the Year: Henrique Cunha, Duke
Freshman of the Year: Henrique Cunha, Duke
Coach of the Year: Brian Boland, Virginia
Player of the Year: Irina Falconi, Georgia Tech
Freshman of the Year: Francesca Segarelli, Florida State
Coach of the Year: Brian Kalbas, North Carolina
Player of the Year: Chase Buchanan, Ohio St.
Freshman of the Year: Evan King, Michigan
Coach of the Year: Ty Tucker, Ohio St.
Player of the Year: Denise Muresan, Michigan
Freshman of the Year: Mimi Nguyen, Michigan
Coach of the Year: Ronni Bernstein, Michigan
Player of the Year: Robert Farah, USC
Freshman of the Year: Kyle McMorrow, Washington
Coach of the Year: Peter Smith, USC
Player of the Year: Yasmin Schnack, UCLA
Freshman of the Year: Mallory Burdette, Stanford
Coach of the Year: Lele Forood, Stanford
Player of the Year: JP Smith, Tennessee
Freshman of the Year: Rhyne Williams, Tennessee and Ryan Lipman, Vanderbilt
Coach of the Year: Sam Winterbotham, Tennessee
Player of the Year: Lauren Embree, Florida
Freshman of the Year: Allie Will, Florida
Coach of the Year: Roland Thornqvist, Florida