After a 15-month wait for a tournament title, Andy Murray has won two titles in the last month. After winning the Shenzhen Open in China, Murray won a thriller final over David Ferrer to move up to number eight in the year rankings. He trailed 3-5 in the final set but then reeled off four consecutive games to win 5-7, 6-2, 7-5 and get some revenge on Ferrer who had beaten him in the Shanghai Masters a couple weeks ago. This is Murray’s 30th career title on the ATP Tour. Murray will now play at the Valencia Open to clinch his spot in the World Tour Finals in November.
The 2014 ITA Southeast Regionals came to a close for the Miami Hurricanes today. Freshmen Piotr Lomacki’s run came to an end in the quarterfinals where he lost to Florida’s Maxx Lipman. On the women’s side, No. 4 Stephanie Wagner and freshman Sinead Lohan were defeated in the quarterfinals. Wagner and Lina Lileikite were also defeated in the doubles semifinals. This means that the Canes will miss out on the ITA National Intercollegiate Indoor Championships again this year. For the men, Daniel Vallverdu was the last to represent Miami in the tournament back in 2008. For the women, Anna Bartenstein was the last to play in the tournament in 2011. Hopefully next year we will finally see some Canes win the Southeast Regional and represent Miami in the national tournament.
The Miami Hurricanes continued play on Saturday, with the men in Athens and the women in Atlanta. The winner of this tournament receives a spot in the ITA Intercollegiate Indoor Championships later this month. For the men’s team, freshman Piotr Lomacki won twice in the singles main draw today to advance to the quarterfinals. He defeated No. 50 and 4th-seeded Ben Wagland of Georgia in the round of 16 to advance. In consolation, senior Henrique Tsukamoto advanced to the quarterfinals as well. On the women’s side, junior Stephanie Wagner and freshman Sinead Lohan advanced to the quarterfinals. Wagner/Lileikite were also winners in the doubles bracket, winning their match and advancing to the semifinals.
It was a rough day for the Miami Hurricanes men’s tennis team today. At Day 2 of the ITA Southeast Regionals in Athens, Georgia, The team only managed one win out of eight singles matches and went 0-3 in the doubles. The only one to survive the day was freshman Piotr Lomacki. He is seeded #9~16 and advanced to the second round. The next two rounds will be played on Saturday, with Lomacki first going up against North Florida’s Lasse Muscheites.
The women’s team did a bit better, with four players advancing to the singles second round. Of the four seeded Canes, #10 Lina Lileikite and #14 Monique Albuquerque were upset in the first round. #4 Stephanie Wagner and #16 Clementina Riobueno advanced, along with freshmen Wendy Zhang and Sinead Lohan. Top-seeded Clementina Riobueno/Monique Alguquerque had a disappointing end to their tournament in the doubles round of 16, while #7 Stephanie Wagner/Lina Lileikite continued their recent success by advancing to the quarterfinals.
The ITA southeast regional tournament got underway today at the University of Georgia in Athens. Eight Canes from the men’s team are taking part, with three players in today’s qualifying rounds and three teams in the doubles draw. The women are also playing the regional tournament at Georgia Tech in Atlanta. The draws were announced today.
In the men’s qualifying tournament, Alexander Fahnehjelm, Andrew Harrington, and Nick Clark took to the courts. They needed to win two times to get to the main draw. Harrington and Clark made it to the second round, and Harrington won his second match as well, while Clark lost a very close match to just miss the main draw. In the doubles first round, Wilfredo Gonzalez/Piotr Lomacki lost their opening match, but Fahnehjelm/Harrington and Clark/Henrique Tsukamoto both won to advance. On Saturday, they will play the 2nd and 3rd rounds of doubles, the first round of the singles main draw, and the qualifying singles consolation.
Meanwhile, the women announced the draws today and there are eight singles players and three doubles teams representing Miami. Seven are playing in the singles main draw while Judith Bohnenkamp is entered in the B singles draw. Stephanie Wagner is seeded 4th and Clementina Riobueno is seeded 16th in the main singles draw, while in the doubles, Riobueno/Monique Albuquerque are seeded No. 1 and Wagner/Lina Lileikite are the No. 7 seeds. Good luck Canes!
UPDATE October 15: The ITA Regional Championships are set to begin October 16th at the University of Georgia for the men and from October 17th at Georgia Tech University for the women. The regional championships is basically the qualifying tournament for the ITA Indoor Championships held in November at the Billie Jean Tennis Center in New York. The singles and doubles champions from each of the 12 regions will qualify for the national tournament. Unlike the All-American, the Miami Hurricanes have had some great success in this tournament in the past. The Canes boast two men’s singles champions (Connie Falk ’91 and Mike Russell ’97), two women’s singles champions (Megan Bradley ’04 and Audra Cohen ’06) and one women’s doubles champion (Lisa Gregory/Ronnie Reis ’86). The Canes men will be sending eight players to the tournament this year. seniors Wilfredo Gonzalez and Henrique Tsukamoto, sophomore Bernard Tefel, and freshmen Nile Clark, Christian Langmo, Andrew Harrington, Piotr Lomacki, and Alexander Fahnehjelm.