Farah, Falconi Named College Players of the Year; Wimbledon, Roehampton Update; Is Martina Hingis the Last of the Teen Phenoms?
The Intercollegiate Tennis Association announced its ITA/Campbell Players of the Year today, with senior Robert Farah of USC and sophomore Irina Falconi of Georgia Tech receiving the 2010 honors. Both finished atop the final ITA/Campbell rankings. Doubles teams of the year are Caitlin Whoriskey and Natalie Pluskota of Tennessee and Henrique Cunha and Reid Carleton of Duke, who also finished No. 1 in the rankings. They will be honored at the ITF Hall of Fame Induction ceremony in Newport, RI on July 10th. The ITA website has more on the singles winners, including reactions from Falconi and Farah.
On the grass of Southwest London today, US Open girls champion Heather Watson, who received a wild card into the women's draw, was beaten by qualifier Romina Oprandi of Italy 6-4, 1-6, 6-3. With Watson's and Anne Keothavong's losses today, following those of four other British women yesterday, there is no woman from Great Britain into the second round. U.S. players went 3-4 on Tuesday, with Vania King and John Isner all even with their opponents when darkness forced suspension of play.
For complete results, see wimbledon.org.
At the ITF Grade 1 in Roehampton, the British juniors actually outnumber the Americans as the tournament moves to the quarterfinals. Qualifier James Marsalek and unseeded Oliver Golding have advanced in the boys singles draw, as has unseeded Tara Moore in the girls draw. The only U.S. boys remaining in either singles or doubles is No. 16 seed Raymond Sarmiento, who defeated unseeded Mathias Bourgue of France 6-4, 6-0 today. Mitchell Frank, seeded 11th, lost to No. 7 seed Mate Zsiga of Hungary 6-4, 6-4 and Denis Kudla, seeded fifth, retired against Justin Eleveld of the Netherlands trailing 6-1, 0-1. Kudla and Sarmiento's opponents were given a walkover in doubles, so I assume a Kudla injury was the reason.
The lone U.S. girl remaining in singles is unseeded Krista Hardebeck, who defeated unseeded Russian Ksenia Kirillova 7-6(6), 6-1 in Tuesday's third round. Top seed Irina Khromacheva of Russia was upset by No. 15 seed Chantal Skamlova of Slovakia 7-6(4), 6-3. Interesting that Khromacheva and French girls champion Elina Svitolina of Ukraine, who won the Grade 2 tournament in Halle last week, have exactly the same number of points, 975, which tops the girls world rankings. Svitolina claims the No. 1 ranking however, by virtue of having more Grade A points, which is the tiebreaker.
Grace Min and Lauren Herring advanced to the quarterfinals in doubles. For complete draws, see the LTA website.
Tom Perotta, writing for the Wall Street Journal, investigates the impact the WTA age restrictions have had on the age of women's Grand Slam champions. While I don't agree with his contention that women's tennis suffers when there is a dearth of teen superstars, the article does make a persuasive case that we will be seeing fewer and fewer of them in the coming years.
For those of you who are not aware of what the ATP age restrictions are, and I was one of them, I've clipped this from the ATP Rules: