Bradley Klahn Cruises 6-1, 6-2, Captures NCAA Singles Championship
May 31, 2010
ATHENS, Ga.- Sophomore Bradley Klahn demolished Louisville's Austen Childs 6-1, 6-2 on Monday afternoon at the 2010 NCAA Men's Tennis Championships, becoming Stanford's first NCAA singles champion since 2000.
Ranked No. 13 in the nation and tabbed one of eight No. 9-16 seeds in the postseason singles draw, Klahn becomes Stanford's first NCAA singles champion since Alex Kim defeated Kentucky's Carlos Drada 6-1, 6-1 back on May 28, 2000.
Stanford has now produced 14 collegiate singles champions in school history overall and nine since the NCAA adopted its current format in 1977 (Matt Mitchell in 1977, John McEnroe in 1978, Tim Mayotte in 1981, Dan Goldie in 1986, Jared Palmer in 1991, Alex O' Brien in 1992, Bob Bryan in 1998, Alex Kim in 2000 and Bradley Klahn in 2010).
Winning singles titles prior to 1977 were: Phillip Neer (1921), Keith Gledhill (1931), Frederick R. Schroeder, Jr. (1942), Alex Mayer (1973) and current head coach John Whitlinger (1974).
The 2009 ITA National Rookie of the Year and Pac-10 Freshman of the Year, Klahn wrapped up his freshman year at 35-9 overall and displayed glimpses of All-America potential. But the sophomore lefty was eliminated in the opening round of last year's NCAA Singles Championships, ending his season early in the draw.
There would be no repeat in 2010.
Klahn picked apart the competition, winning four of his six singles matches in straight sets and earning a berth in the national title match after easily knocking off the tournament's top seed and country's No. 2-ranked player in Henrique Cunha of Duke 6-2, 6-2.
Klahn continued that momentum on Monday afternoon, storming past junior Austen Childs of Louisville, who entered the tournament unseeded but ranked No. 19 in the country.
After cruising to a quick 6-1 victory in the first set, Klahn fell behind 1-0 in the second set. The Poway, Calif., native responded by ripping off five straight games before Childs cut the lead to 5-2.
Serving for the match, Klahn was able to win the next game and secure the title.
In addition to earning All-America honors in singles, Klahn and partner Ryan Thacher received the same recognition in doubles after advancing to the semifinals.
No. 13 Bradley Klahn at the 2010 NCAA Singles Championship
May 26- First Round: d. No. 59 Artem Baradach (SMU) 6-3, 6-2
May 27- Second Round: d. No. 36 Boris Conkic (Tennessee) 4-6, 6-3, 6-4
May 28- Round of 16: d. No. 4 Guillermo Gomez (Georgia Tech) 6-4, 6-4
May 29- Quarterfinals: d. No. 33 Marcel Thiemann (Mississippi) 1-6, 7-6 (4), 6-4
May 30- Semifinals: d. No. 2 Henrique Cunha (Duke) 6-2, 6-2
May 31- Championship: d. No. 19 Austen Childs (Louisville) 6-1, 6-2
No. 4 Bradley Klahn/Ryan Thacher at the 2010 NCAA Doubles Championship
May 27- First Round: d. No. 12 Boris Conkic/Rhyne Williams (Tennessee) 6-2, 6-2
May 28- Round of 16: d. No. 31 Jason Jung/Evan King (Michigan) 6-3, 3-6, 6-4
May 29- Quarterfinals: d. No. 18 Andrei Daescu/Costin Paval (Oklahoma) 6-2, 7-6 (9)
May 30- Semifinals: lost to No. 14 Drew Courtney/Michael Shabaz (Virginia) 7-6 (4), 7-6 (7)