That’s 5 for Serena and 5 for Venus–a total of 10 in the last 13 years. Roger Federer faces Britain’s Andy Murray for the Men’s title on Sunday.
The Maryland men’s tennis team won all three doubles matches and carried the momentum into singles action to defeat the 51st-ranked Miami Hurricanes, 4-3, Sunday afternoon at the Cole Field House Tennis Courts. It is the Terps (5-12, 2-5 ACC) first-ever victory over the Hurricanes.
“I am so pleased for the guys,” said head coach Kyle Spencer. “We have obviously been struggling this year. We’ve played so many tight matches and they’ve never given up. They’ve never quit. I’m so happy for the guys. It’s a big-time win.”
Maryland got off to a fast start in doubles as No. 24 Maros Horny and John Collins dispatched of Omar Aly and Gabriel Flores, 8-3, and juniors Jesse Kiuru and Andy Magee defeated Marco Stancati and Mark Schanerman, 8-2, to secure the doubles point for the Terps. For Horny and Collins, it is their 12th victory of the season.
Maryland received strong play from the bottom half of its singles order, including a come-from-behind, match-clincher by Sergio Wyss, to post a 4-2 upset win over No. 29 Michigan on Friday, advancing to the second round of the NCAA Men’s Tennis Championship. The 44th-ranked Terrapins (13-12), making their first-ever appearance in the NCAAs, snapped a 2-all tie with Andy Magee’s 6-2, 4-6, 6-2 over Michigan’s Justin Rossi at No. 6 singles.
The Maryland tennis teams have continued their solid play and moved up in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) rankings. The Terrapin women (9-2, 0-2 ACC) jumped from No. 43 to 40 and the men (9-3, 1-2) from 45th to 44th in the ITA rankings that were released Tuesday. For the women it’s their highest ranking since February, 2007 when the Terps were 33rd nationally.
This is as high as the men have been in the last five seasons. The Terps reached No. 45 in March, 2007. The men also have four players in the individual rankings. Maros Horny is No. 72 and Sergio Wyss is No. 111 in the ITA singles list, while the tandem of John Collins and Tommy Laine is 56th in the doubles rankings. Laine has a team-best 10-2 dual singles mark.
Today was the first Terrapin Tennis match I have ever attended and despite the weather, the intensity and fight of the Terps were impressive. Coach Kyle Spencer has started to turn the program around as the Terps are 13-6 on the season. the tennis complex is massive and it was packed today as legendary Tennis pro Vic Braden (pictured) was conducting the end of a 3 day teaching clinic.
The Maryand men’s tennis team was on the cusp of one of the biggest wins in program history, but the 18th-ranked North Carolina Tar Heels held off a furious rally and foiled the Terrapins upset bid with a 4-3 victory on Friday evening. Down 3-1, the Terps (13-5, 1-3) tied the Atlantic Coast Conference match on singles victories from Sergio Wyss and Ryan Lissner, but UNC’s Andrew Crone was able to outlast Mathias Sarrazin at the No. 6 position in a third-set tiebreaker and send the Tar Heels (12-2, 2-0) to their seventh straight victory. “You want to put yourself in a position to win and we did that,” first-year Maryland head coachKyle Spencer said. “We had a great team effort. Everyone fought. There were no holes in the lineup.”
Down 1 set and 4-0 on the 2nd, Serena explode for a 3 set victory last night. . Andy Roddick lost in 5 sets to Marin Cilic. Great night owl tennis!!!!
Pam Shriver outdid herself this year. the world class group of tennis players in Baltimore last night pays credence to why we should pay homage to Pam. She is the only person who could assemble such a group. The highlights were as follows:
–The Bryan Brothers played McEnroe and John Isner in a ferocious 5 game set won by Johnny Mac. At 50 his touch game at thenet is still incredible. I do believe the Brothers were a little in shock over the defeat.
Melanie Oudin’s backhand is simply awesome.
Brad Bergesen and Jeremy Guthrie proved by their inept play that not much of their time is spent on the tennis court.
Way to go, Pam!!!
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The University of Maryland landed Kyle Spencer, Baylor’s assistant director of tennis and the reigning national assistant coach of the year, to lead its men’s tennis program. Spencer, who has also coached at the professional level and played in the Olympics, was hired Tuesday as Maryland’s head men’s tennis coach. Spencer spent the last three seasons at Baylor, which finished among the top 10 nationally each year. The Bears also captured both the Big 12 Conference regular season and tournament titles each of those seasons.”Coach Spencer is a terrific fit for Maryland,” director of athletics Deborah A. Yow said. “He has been an integral part of a nationally-recognized program and we believe he will elevate our program to the same status over time.”
Spencer and the Bears are coming off another successful season, reaching the quarterfinals of the 2009 NCAA Championship and finishing the year No. 7 in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association rankings. For his efforts, Spencer was named the ITA National Assistant Coach of the Year last month.
Debbie Yow’s track record at hiring new coaches is phenomenal, my assumption is she has landed another Winner!!!!! Most of this info came from umterps.com.
In tennis news from Wimbledon , it seems like a Williams” sister showdown is all but inevitable for the title. Andy Roddick will play in the semis on Friday.
With Johnny Mac hailing him as the greatest ever, Roger Federer slaughtered Soderling in 3 sets, and thus tied Pete Sampras for all time major wins with 14. Federer gets his first to stand alone with 15 titles at Wimbledon later this month.