2004 USTA NATIONAL OPEN CHAMPIONSHIPS
Atlantic Club - Manasquan, New Jersey - July 3-7, 2004
Sunday, July 4, 2004-Second Day
The fireworks for the Fourth of July were nothing compared to the sparks flying at the Atlantic Club today. I started the day prepared to cover the boys, but all of the action was in the girls draw. It was a day full of upsets, splits sets and nail-biting excitement.
Priyanka Misra, who has been sidelined most of the last year with injuries, came out swinging hard today against top-seeded Michaela Kissell. Crowds came and went as the two kept it going for three and a half hours before the Michaela earned her seeding with a 6-3,5-7,6-4 victory. The second seed, Francine Whu, was not as lucky today as the ninth-seeded Samantha Galainena hung through a tough first set for a 7-5 win and then continued her push through to the next round.
After eliminating the fourteenth seed yesterday, Lindsay Clark took out No. 8 Jacqueline Wu in a three-setter that kept everyone guessing until the 7-5,1-6,6-2 end. All of the other top seeds in the girls singles moved on.
While there was some great tennis on the boys' side, there were no surprises. All moved on as expected in straight sets. Maksim Tikhomirov did push tenth-seeded Jason Morgenstern up to a 7-5 first set, but he succombed 6-2 in the second.
The doubles finally got underway late this afternoon and will continue tomorrow along with the single quarterfinals. I guess there will be a lot more resting than July Fourth celebrating going on in Manasquan tonight.
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