2003 MEN'S & WOMEN'S
USTA NATIONAL OPEN CHAMPIONSHIPS
USTA National Tennis Center
Flushing Meadow, New York - December 27-30, 2003
Sunday, December 28th-Day Two
It may have not been the best of days for college and junior tennis players at the Men's and Women's USTA National Open Championships, but those left standing certainly earned their place there.
There were a number of very exciting matches with college players today. Indiana's Ian Arons fought off the thirteenth seeded Daniel Montes De Oca through three close sets before succombing, 6-2,2-6,6-0. On the court right next door, Colgate's Reed Hagmann battled it out with No. 20 Juan Jaysingh. The match was as close throughout and Reed finally pulled it out before a large cheering crowd, 6-4,1-6,7-5. The crowd soon moved over a few courts to watch Reed's teammate, Eric Saccullo complete his day with a win over Todd Getz.
Eric Langekamp of Notre Dame eliminated two of his fellow college players today -- Florida Tech's Keith Kessler and Quinnipac's Jonathan Russo -- in straight sets. The day was not a total loss for Jonathan, who teamed up with touring pro Bea Bielik to win their first mixed doubles match.
Wake Forest's Brett Ross didn't work too hard as he eliminated Thomas Walker and Gregg Schwartz on his way to the quarters. Fellow Demon Deacon Andrew Simpson was able to defeat Carlos Maldonado, but was taught a lesson in experience from Princeton Coach Glenn Michibata, who took him 6-3,6-2. Though he was forced to withdraw with a shoulder injury, David Lowenthal was around for the matches to cheer on his teammates. Second-seeded Josh Cohen of the University of Miami didn't take long making his way into another round, this time over Parsa Samii.
Juniors Megan Zebroski, Dasha Cherkasov and Polina Zaretser all advanced to the quarterfinals easily today. Megan and Dasha also played doubles today. Megan teamed with University of Connecticut freshman Allison Adamski. They won their first match against Charita Liz Diaz and Chonda Rodrigo-Butler, but fell in the second to Cynthia Coriat and Ilona Vichnevskaya. Dasha completed a perfect day after she teamed up with Nicole Hubernova to capture a place in Monday's doubles semifinal. The University of Kentucky's Aibika Kalsarieva continued through without a problem, having only dropped four games into the quarterfinals.
Until Tomorrow,Note: I apologize that there are no photos today. Three sets of batteries and they are all dead. Who would expect that? I promise to be more prepared tomorrow!
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