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Montgomery County Tri-Level Nationals

Montgomery County Tri-Level teams head to Nationals

TENNISFILES – (February 18) – The Montgomery County Men’s and Women’s Tri-Level teams will head to Nationals after winning the Tri-level Sectionals tournament in Virginia Beach, Virginia.

It will be the second time in three years that both the men’s and women’s Montgomery Country Tri-Level Nationals teams will represent the Mid-Atlantic area.

Last year, the Northern Virginia men won the National Championship title.  The tournament, culminating with the top tri-level teams from each section of the country, is held in Indian Wells, California.

The tournament runs at the same time as the BNP Paribas Open, which draws most of the top tennis players in the world from the mens and womens tour.

Serena will be playing the tournament after over a decade of boycotting the tournament.

The winning teams will be introduced on the stadium court on the final day f the professional tournament.

Oklahoma Sooners Tennis Tops Latest ITA Poll

TENNISFILES (February 18) – The Oklahoma Sooners are the top team in college tennis, claiming the #1 spot in the latest ITA poll.  The #1 ranked Trojans are coming off a victory in the 2015 ITA National Championships against the University of Southern California.

The Sooners are lead by #11 ranked Junior Axel Alvarez.  John Roddick, brother of top ranked American Andy Roddick, coaches the 10-0 Sooners.  OU’s first match of the spring season is against Texas A&M at College Station, Texas.

Oklahoma leapfrogged the University of Southern California, who slipped to #2.  The Trojans lost 4-2 to the Sooners in the National Championships on Monday and have a 9-1 record.

The Georgia Bulldogs move up one to the 3rd spot, with a 6-2 record.

On the women’s side, the undefeated University of North Carolina sits atop the team rankings after winning the  ITA National Indoor Championships.  Sophomore Jamie Loeb leads the team with a #5 singles ranking.

The University of Florida Gators and Georgia Bulldogs round out the 2 and 3 spots, respectively.

Nadal Advances to Second Round of Rio Open

TENNISFILES (February 17) – Rafael Nadal advanced to the second round of the Rio Open, defeating hometown favorite Thomaz Bellucci of Brazil 6-4 6-1.

The number one seed broke Bellucci in the fifth game of the match.  However both players struggled to hold, and neither held serve again until Nadal closed out the first set.

Nadal ran away with the second set, racing to a 4-0 lead before Bellucci could stop the bleeding.  The match ended with a long backhand from the Brazilian.

David Ferrer defeated his friend and compatriot Daniel Gimeno-Traver of Spain 6-4 6-3. Ferrer was tested early, needing to save 5 break points in the first service game.

Gimeno-Traver was on the brink of serving for the first set, but let three break points slip away at 4-4 before Ferrer served out the set. The second set was all Ferrer.  Both had ten break point opportunities, but it was the number two seed who capitalized on four of them to his opponent’s two.

Fourth seeded Italian Fabio Fognini squeezed by Jiri Vesely of the Czech Republic 1-6, 7-6, 6-1.  Despite being thrashed in the first set and being down a match point, the fourth seed won the second set with help from a Vesely double fault at 6-5 in the tiebreak.

Just a couple days earlier, Nadal enjoyed carnival with Ferrer and native Gustavo Kuerten.

Dennis Novak wins

Wozniacki Squeaks by Stosur in Dubai

TENNISFILES (February 17) – Caroline Wozniacki defeated Sam Stosur in three tight sets at the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships.

The Danish number one dropped the first set 4-6 to Stosur, but rallied back to win the second by a comfortable 6-1 count.

The match was hotly contested, with Stosur the aggressor for most of the competition.  The Dane looked on her way to an easy third set when she broke Stosur for a 3-2 lead.  Wozniacki followed with a hold after a ten minute game, and a second consecutive break of the Australian’s serve to go up 5-2.

Stosur would not go away, upping her aggression and benefiting from a poor service game by Wozniacki to pull even at 5-5. Wozniacki was able to break Stosur and won the final point when Stosur shanked a forehand well long.

Wozniacki ended the match with 30 unforced errors, while Stosur had 48.

Fresh off her Sports Illustrated Swimsuit debut, the third seeded Wozniacki advances to the third round to face 15 seed Alize Cornet of France.

Match Highlights:

Wozniacki appeared to have health issues and was treated for knee pain during the match.

Tommy Robredo

Robredo Tops Ymer in First Round of Rio Open

TENNISFILES (February 16) – Seasoned veteran Tommy Robredo defeated Elias Ymer of Sweden 6-4 6-3 in the first round of the Rio Open.  The 18 year-old Ymer showed flashes of brilliance, but fell to the more consistent play of the Spaniard on the red clay.

The match started off with three consecutive breaks of serve.  Ymer was broken in the first game of the match, but returned the favor on Robredo’s first service game.  Robredo took a 2-1 lead when Ymer failed to hold serve for a second consecutive time, and held on to the break to take the first set.

Robredo broke Ymer early in the second set, and Ymer was in danger of losing his serve for a second time at 2-4, but fought off break points.  At 3-5, the young Swede gave a good effort to force Robredo to serve out the match, but could not escape the game.

With the score at deuce, Robredo ran down a Ymer approach shot and whipped a lunging sharp-angled crosscourt forehand for the pass, causing a quizzical reaction from the youngster.  Ymer saved the break point, but Robredo set up his third match point with a pinpoint inside-out forehand that gave him an easy swinging-volley.

Using his trademark shot, Robredo whacked another inside-out forehand return, causing a weak backhand reply from Ymer that veered into the left alley.

Robredo faces Andreas Haider-Maurer of Austria in the second round.

Nishikori Wins Memphis Open

Nishikori Wins Memphis Open

TENNISFILES (February 15) – Kei Nishikori won his 3rd consecutive Memphis Open title with a 6-4 6-4 victory over South Africa’s Kevin Anderson.

Nishikori withstood Anderson’s booming serves to secure a break at the end of each set. He utilized deft touch, speed, and aggressive baseline play to outgun the tall South African indoors.

The final marks the first time in the tournament that Nishikori did not drop the opening set. The South African only dropped 1 set en route to the championship match.

In defeat, the #2 seed Anderson had a solid week by scoring 4 wins against all his opponents and accumulating 150 ATP points.

With the win, Japan’s number 1 player defends his 250 points acquired from last year’s Memphis Open title.

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