Huskies Fall in Finals at Chandler Cup
Oct. 28, 2007
BERKELY, Calif. - The Husky men's tennis team came up short in one singles final and three doubles finals on the final day of play at the Chandler Cup, hosted by California at the Hellman Tennis Complex. Washington entered the day as the only school with players alive in all three flights of singles and doubles.
Junior transfer Ryo Sekiguchi reached the singles final of Flight B with a win over Pacific's Artem Gramma, but fell 6-4, 6-4 to Ken Nakahara of Cal. Nakahara also defeated junior David Chu in the semis earlier in the day, 6-4, 7-5.
Junior Patrik Fischer lost a tough one to Laurent Garcin in the Flight A semifinals, 7-5, 7-6 (4). Freshman Skyler Tateishi also saw his strong tournament come to an end in the Flight C semis, falling 3-6, 6-4, 6-3 to Alexander Sonesson of Cal Poly.
In doubles play, the Huskies had one team in all three finals, but could not get a win. Andy Kuharszky and Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan lost, 9-7, to top-seeded Geoff Chizever and Pedro Zerbini of Cal in the A Flight. Freshman duo Alex Rosinski and Martin Kildahl fell, 8-2, in the Flight B final to Kamel and Vartabedian of UC Santa Cruz. Also coming up short were Tateishi and Sekiguchi in the Flight C final. The pair trailed Von Der Ahe and Lopez of Loyola-Marymount, 7-0, before mounting a comeback with five-straight games, but finally succumbed, 8-5.
Nedunchezhiyan helped brighten the day by capturing the Flight A Singles Consolation title with a pair of wins. The freshman, ranked 106th, defeated Stanford's Greg Hirshman, 6-3, 6-2 in the semifinals, then downed Cal's Zerbini, 7-5, 6-3, in a battle of touted freshmen in the final.
All told, it was a very strong weekend for the Dawgs, with several freshmen getting their first collegiate wins. Tateishi and Kildahl earned their first singles wins, while Tateishi, Rosinski, and Sekiguchi earned their first doubles wins as Dawgs.
The Huskies will now have a couple months off before returning to action January 18 for the Nordstrom Open at the Nordstrom Tennis Center.
2007 Chandler Cup
Sunday, October 28, 2007
Berkeley, Calif. - Hellman Tennis Complex
Flight A Singles
Laurent Garcin (Nev) def. Patrik Fischer (UW), 7-5, 7-6 (4)
Flight B Singles
(1) Ken Nakahara (Cal) def. (2) Ryo Sekiguchi (UW), 6-4, 6-4
Flight C Singles
Alexander Sonesson (CP) def. Skyler Tateishi (UW), 3-6, 6-4, 6-3
Flight A Doubles
(1) Chizever/Zerbini (Cal) def. (2) Kuharszky/Nedunchezhiyan (UW), 9-7
Flight B Doubles
Kamel/Vartabedian (UCSC) def. Kildahl/Rosinski (UW), 8-2
Flight C Doubles
Von Der Ahe/Lopez (LMU) def. Sekiguchi/Tateishi (UW), 8-5
Consolation Flight A Singles
Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan (UW) def. Greg Hirshman (Stan), 6-3, 6-2
Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan (UW) def. Pedro Zerbini (Cal), 7-5, 6-3