Brendan Evans &
James Wan &
Catrina & Christian
At The Open With Marcia Frost...
Monday, September 3rd
While most of the Americans have fallen in the draws, a few have broken through. One such accomplished teen is the Metropolitan area's own Tory Zawacki. After making it through the qualifying -- which included a defeated of No. 14 seed Dominique Van Boekel of the Netherlands -- Tory has now won her first round singles match in the main draw.
Tory faced Annette Kolb of Germany with confidence and determination, running down every ball that got in her way. She took the first set to a tiebreaker and served her way to a 7-5 win in the breaker. Set two was just as close, with service breaks going back and forth, but the New Jersey native kept pushing until she had the match 7-6(5),7-5.
Theresa Logar was not quite as under control as Virag Nemeth. Though she took the first set 6-3, it was all Virag in the second. The Hungarian took the set quickly at 6-0 and didn't have much of a struggle to win the third, 6-3.
The problems for Shadisha Robinson came from the racquet itself. She came out looking more powerful than Barbora Strycova despite the fact that she wasn't much bigger. It looked like Shadisha was in control of the match by the way she served -- and won -- the first game, however, it was all lost when her racquet strings broke. Had there been only one racquet problem she might have been able to get past it, but Shadisha went through three racquets and at one point began to worry she would run out. The racquets were strung quickly and brought back to her, but the distraction was enough to break her concentration and she lost the match, 6-3,6-1.
Catrina & Christian Thompson put up a fight in their doubles match against Tatiana Golovin/Linda Smolenakova The Thompsons both had their serve and volley going as it looked like they would take the match. They got back many break points, but it was just shy as they lost, 6-4,7-6(5).
The University of Kentucky's Matthew Emery battled a tough one against Henry Adjei Darko. Though Matthew looked -- and played -- strong and fast, Henry kept coming up just one better. The match stretched on through each game and point until it hit a tiebreaker. Unlike the games before it, the tiebreaker was the turning point as Henry took control of it and the match, winning 7-6(3),6-2.
A match of homegrown talent took place this afternoon. Josh Cohen and James Wan fought an exciting exhibition of volleying against Brendan Evans and Brett Joelson. It was one of the most exciting matches, not only because they were all Americans, but because the winners kept coming. It was finally Brendan and Brett who took it at 7-5,6-2.
There were still some victorious Americans today playing on their home court. Ytai Abougzir overpowered Stefan Wiespeiner; Rajeev Ram was successful against Markus Egger (and won in doubles); Megan Bradley beat Jarmila Gajdosova (and won in doubles); and Amber Liu defeated Melanie Marois.