Tennis Represents UW At World University Games
July 7, 2009
The World University Games are in full swing this week, and a number of Huskies past and present are taking part.
The Games have medals in men's and women's singles, doubles, and mixed doubles. Play began last Friday, July 3, and runs through July 11.
Three former Dawgs are competing in the men's tourney, with former UW All-American and NCAA Semifinalist Alex Slovic the lone singles player remaining. Slovic is the No. 4 seed in the tourney and represents the host country of Serbia.
In the second round, Slovic had to take on a former teammate, Germany's Klaus Jank, who played one year for the Huskies back in 2006. Slovic was able to fend off his onetime teammate, 6-4, 6-4. Slovic broke Jank's serve in the third game of each set and was never broken himself.
2008 grad Andy Kuharszky was also entered in singles playing for Hungary, but was defeated by Great Britain's Max Jones, 6-4, 6-1 in the first round. Kuharszky also played in both doubles draws. In the first round Andy teamed with Kristian Kuharszky, who plays for Nevada. The two Kuharszky's took out the eight-seeds from Mexico, 6-2, 6-4. In the second round, they lost in three straight tiebreaks to a Serbian team in a match with zero service breaks. He and Anna Redecsi fell in the first round of mixed doubles play.
The only Husky woman to compete is junior-to-be Vanja Radunovic, a native of Montenegro. Radunovic lost her opening round singles match to Canada's Stephanie Roy, 6-1, 6-3. She also played doubles, teaming up with Ana Veselinovic, and the two won their first round match against a team from Ireland by a 7-5, 6-4 count. However they were beaten in the next round by the fifth-seeds from Japan.
Slovic plays his third round match Tuesday while the other three Huskies also play consolation matches.