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UF's Embree Retires in SF of NCAA Singles Championships; Florida Boys Wins Doubles

May 31, 2011 09:38 AM
Fresh off last week leading the University of Florida women's tennis team to the NCAA Championship in an upset over Stanford, over the weekend Lauren Embree (Marco Island, Fla.) was forced to retire in the individual singles semifinals against Stanford's Stacey Tan after the two split sets.

Fighting through foot pain, Embree eventually retired when her toenail came off.

"Lauren's been such a warrior, but today she was forced to retire," UF Head Coach Roland Thornqvist said. "The nail was torn off her toe and she was having real issues with her skin. She's the toughest player I've ever had the pleasure of coaching. For Lauren not to continue, you know that she was hurt badly. She had a great run, with lots of things to be proud of this year. This is obviously disappointing but I know she'll be motivated to do even better next year."

Embree's run marked the 13th time a Gator has reached the semifinal round and the first since Jennifer Magley in 2005.

The 17th-ranked Gator sophomore had won her 28th consecutive singles match and was undefeated entering Sunday's semifinal match against the 43rd-ranked Tan.

Texas A&M's Austin Krajicek (Brandon, Fla.) and Jeff Dadamo (Tampa, Fla.) beat Stanford's Bradley Klahn and Ryan Thacher 7-6(4), 6-3 to became the first-ever Texas A&M national champions in tennis after winning the 2011 NCAA Doubles Championship.

"We were pretty familiar with Stanford since we faced them in the team match a little over a week ago," Krajicek told the Houston Chronicle. "We knew there were going to be a lot of people out and they would be loud. We just focused on our game and didn't let it affect us that much. It's fun playing in that kind of atmosphere when it's really loud. It makes the match more exciting and I think Jeff and I enjoyed it."

The national championship is Krajicek/Dadamo's second after winning the USTA/ITA Indoor Doubles National Championship in Flushing, New York, last fall. Krajicek reached the NCAA doubles semifinals his freshman season with Conor Pollock. Dadamo transferred to A&M after two season at Florida.

"All year long when we've been in the tiebreakers," Dadamo said. "Austin and I have a lot of confidence in each other and we just try to raise our game to another level."

 
 

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