Disappointment Down Under, Day 10

Farah & Cabal         Image courtesy of Australian Open

SPOILER ALERT: Australian Open results below!

 

 

There are no American or Collegiate women left in the singles draw. There are no American or Collegiate men left in the singles draw. There are no American or Collegiate women left in the doubles draw. There are no Americans or Collegians left in the mixed doubles draw. Men’s doubles is the last frontier for either an American or a Collegian (or both) to take home the big trophy Down Under, and there will be at least one Collegian in the Final.

Madison Keys just wasn’t able to handle the speed and consistency that Angelique Kerber brought last night. The first set was over in the blink of an eye, then Keys seemed to pick up steam as she started Set 2. But Kerber broke right away and never looked back. It was a disappointing loss for Keys who seemed to be in her best form coming into this event. You can read her post-match interview here.

For Tennessee Vol Tennys Sandgren, last night marked the end of a dream run. Unfortunately, he came up against NextGen year-end champion Hyeun Chung who proved to be too solid. After dropping the first set 6-4 and getting down an early break in the 2nd, Sandgren pulled ahead 5-3 in the 2nd set and had the opportunity to serve it out. Unfortunately, he wasn’t able to do that and wound up losing the set in a tightly-contested tiebreaker. Chung built on his momentum and closed out the match in straight sets.

Sandgren has been under the microscope the past few days due to some political information on his social media. While I won’t comment on that, I will give you the link to his interview where he addresses it: https://ausopen.com/articles/interviews/tennys-sandgren-24-01-18-interview

Here’s the rundown from Day 10:

Men’s Singles (American players in bold red, Collegians in bold blue)

Hyeon Chung d. Tennys Sandgren (Tennessee) 6-4 7-6 6-3

Men’s Doubles (American players in bold red, Collegians in bold blue)

Robert Farah (USC)/Juan Sebastian Cabal d. Sam Groth/Lleyton Hewitt 6-4 7-5
Oliver Marach/Mate Pavic d. Dom Inglot (UVA)/Marcus Daniell 6-4 6-7 7-6

Women’s Singles (American players in bold red, Collegians in bold blue)

Angelique Kerber (21) d. Madison Keys (17) 6-1 6-2

Women’s Doubles (American players in bold red, Collegians in bold blue)

No Americans or Collegians played

Mixed Doubles (American players in bold red, Collegians in bold blue)

Timea Babos/Rohan Bopanna d. Abigail Spears (UCLA)/Juan Sebastian Cabal 6-4 7-6

Here’s what’s on the schedule for Thursday (Wednesday night in the US):

Bob Bryan (Stanford)/Mike Bryan (Stanford) (6) v. Robert Farah (USC)/Juan Sebastian Cabal
Ben McLachlan (Cal)/Jan Lennard Struff v. Oliver Marach/Mate Pavic

You can see the full draws here as well as on the Australian Open App. Matches continue to be aired live in the US on both the Tennis Channel and ESPN2 as well as streaming on the ESPN app. I’ve been watching full replays of both Main Draw and Junior matches as well on the ESPN app on my AppleTV.

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