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Briefs: Florida Teams in NCAA Tennis Sweet 16; Sarasota Open, Harbour Island Winners

May 16, 2010 07:00 PM

 The University of Florida's Lauren Embree

4 Florida Teams in 'Sweet 16' at NCAA Tennis Team Championships

The University of Florida men's tennis team and three Florida women's teams in the University of Florida, Florida State University and the University of Miami advanced into the 'Sweet 16' over the weekend in the NCAA Division I Tennis Team Championships, with play to resume this Thursday.

The Miami women earned a trip to the last 16 by sweeping No. 26-ranked South Florida 4-0 in an all-Florida match-up, hosted by Miami at the Neil Schiff Tennis Center in Coral Gables, Fla.

"The girls came out and played really good doubles, and that set the pace today," said UM head women's tennis coach Paige Yaroshuk-Tews. "That was big because they had some players beat us in the fall, and I know the girls wanted the chance to play them again.  The doubles point was big, and it just set the tone going into singles...They were excited about playing USF, and they wanted to return to the 'Sweet 16' after what we did last season."

Last year Miami reached the final 16, losing to eventual national champion Duke.

The Florida women earned a return trip by blanking Washington 4-0, and have yet to lose a match in the tournament. They will face unseeded Mississippi in the round of 16. Florida State blanked South Carolina 4-0, and have likewise yet to lose a match.

The Florida men defeated Auburn 4-0, setting a match-up with rival Georgia, who defeated Florida State 4-3 to reach the final 16.

The eight men's matches scheduled for Friday are (1) Virginia vs. (16) Duke, (8) Stanford vs. (9) UCLA, (4) Ohio State vs. Wisconsin, (11) Georgia vs. (6) Florida, Oklahoma vs. (3) Texas, and (10) Texas A&M vs. (7) Baylor, (5) USC vs. (12) Kentucky, and (15) Louisville vs. (2) Tennessee.

The women's match-ups beginning Thursday will be (1) Baylor vs. (16) Texas, (8) Stanford vs. (9) Clemson, (4) Michigan vs. (13) Tennessee, (5) Notre Dame vs. (12) California, (6) Northwestern vs. (11) Miami (Fla.), (3) Florida vs. Mississippi, (7) UCLA vs. (10) Duke, and (2) North Carolina vs. (15) Florida State.

This year's NCAA men's and women's finals is being hosted by the University of Georgia at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex in Athens, Ga., where play begins on Thursday, May 20, 2010.

Bradenton's Nishikori Wins Sarasota Open Challenger

Bradenton-trained Kei Nishikori's comeback from elbow surgery took another step forward over the past weekend when he defeated Argentina's Brian Dabul 2-6, 6-3, 6-4 in the final of the USTA Pro Circuit's Sarasota Open challenger-level event in Longboat Key, Fla.

"I really got tested and Brian played a great match," said Nishikori, Japan's top-ranked player. "My level went up as the match went on and I am extremely happy that my body has felt so great, not just today but the last two weeks. I am very happy with the progress I have made the last six months and my team around me has been amazing."
Americans Brian Battistone and Tampa native Ryler Deheart captured the doubles title, edging qualifying Germans Gero Kretschmer and Alex Satschko 5-7, 7-6(4), 10-8.

Gensse Wins Harbour Island Men's USTA Pro Circuit Event

Frenchman Augustin Gensse, seeded No. 4, defeated unseeded Erling Tveit of Norway 6-3, 6-2, to win the Harbour Island Men's Clay Court Championships and earn a winner's check of nearly $1,400. Gensse (pronounced "zjhans") and Tveit ("tveet") met Sunday afternoon in the singles final in the $10,000 USTA Pro Circuit tournament at the Harbour Island Athletic Club & Spa, just south of downtown Tampa.

In the doubles final the American duo of Denis Kudla and Junior Ore defeated Clayton Almeida of Brazil and Blake Strode of St. Louis 6-4, 3-6, 10-8 for the title.

Maria Sharapova, Andy Roddick, James Blake, Melanie Oudin, and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga are among today's top stars who began their careers on the USTA Pro Circuit. The USTA launched the Pro Circuit 31 years ago, and it has since grown to become the largest pro developmental tennis circuit in the world. The USTA Pro Circuit serves as an integral part of the USTA's mission to grow and develop tennis in the United States.






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