Domijan Receives Sony Ericsson Qualifying Wild Card; ITF Grade A Copa Gerdau Begins Monday; Pro Circuit and College News
Today's a travel day for me, so I don't have the opportunity to be as thorough as I would like in catching up on all the other tennis action that occurred this week, while I was concentrating on National Spring Championships.
Qualifying for the Sony Ericsson Open on Key Biscayne begins on Monday, and although the draws aren't yet posted, wild card selections have been updated, with the biggest changes in the men's qualifying. University of Virginia's Alex Domijan was added, Filip Krajinovic of Serbia is no longer on the list, with Jesse Levine, Jordan Cox and Chile's Nicolas Massu also later additions. On the women's side, Ajla Tomljanovic of Croatia, who won last week's $25,000 Pro Circuit event in Clearwater, received a late main draw wild card, as did Petra Martic. In the women's qualifying, Canadian Stephanie Dubois received a wild card that wasn't initially announced. For the revised wild card list, see the tournament website.
One of the biggest events on the ITF junior spring calendar starts on Monday, the Copa Gerdau in Brazil. Vickie Duval, Denise Starr, Tristen Dewar, Elizaveta Nemchinov, Blair Shankle and Nadia Echeverria Alam are the U.S. girls listed in the entries. Mac Styslinger, Trey Strobel and Nicholas Naumann are U.S. boys on the entry list, but Naumann just played in Mobile yesterday, so I'm not sure he'll be in Brazil.
Irina Khromacheva of Russia and Hugo Dellien of Brazil are the top seeds. The ITF preview story can be found here.
It's been quiet on the Pro Circuit front with no events for men or women last week or this, probably due to the big WTA/ATP combined events. But there were five men's challengers this week, with two former college stars capturing doubles titles. Former University of Virginia All-American Treat Huey teamed with Vasek Pospisil of Canada to take the doubles title at the $35,000 tournament in Canada, and former NCAA doubles champion Robert Farah of USC won the $50,000 event in Costa Rica with partner Juan Sebastian Cabal. Both teams were the top seeds. Former Vanderbilt All-American Bobby Reynolds is in the singles final in Canada. For all the challenger and futures results, see the ATP website.
At the $10,000 women's event in Mexico, former Trojan Amanda Fink is in the singles final.
I haven't been able to keep up with all the college tennis news this week either, but a couple of results got my attention. The No. 53 Kansas State women beat No. 10 Baylor in Waco, in one of the season's biggest surprises, although No. 42 South Florida's 5-2 win over No. 15 Notre Dame isn't far behind.
The Pepperdine men stopped the streaking Texas A&M team 4-3 in Malibu, Ole Miss took out Florida 4-3 in an SEC conference match and LSU defeated Michigan 5-2.
In today's big match the No. 2 Virginia men beat No. 6 Texas 5-2 in Austin, without Domijan, who is preparing for SEO qualifying. The complete results should be available shortly at texassports.com.