May 23, 2012
By Matthew Pearce
ATHENS, Ga. --- The first day of the men’s tennis singles tournament began with two top seeds being eliminated in the first round while the women’s tournament also saw its share of upsets with several seeds going out.
The biggest upset in the men’s draw came when fourth seed Jarmere Jenkins of Virginia was defeated by 2010 singles champion Bradley Klahn of Stanford 7-5, 6-3.
Two other top seeds went out on day one with sixth seed Evan King of Michigan losing to Virginia’s Alex Domijan 6-3, 6-3. Eighth seed Sebastian Fanselow of Pepperdine was also eliminated as he lost to Florida’s Bob van Overbeek 6-3, 6-4.
Earlier in the day LSU’s Neal Skupski defeated the 9-16 seed Nick Meister of UCLA 6-1, 6-2.
Top seed Steve Johnson of Southern California began his attempt to win consecutive men’s singles championships with a comfortable 6-2, 6-3 victory over Illinois’ Roy Kalmanovich.
Other top seeds advancing include second seed Mitchell Frank of Virginia who defeated Kentucky’s Anthony Rossi 6-4, 6-4.
Also into the second round will be third seed Eric Quigly of Kentucky, number five seed Henrique Cunha of Duke and seventh seed Dennis Nevolo of Illinois.
Apart from Meister all of the other 9-16 seeds advanced. This group is made up of Costin Paval of Oklahoma, Artem Ilyushin of Mississippi State, Blaz Rola of Ohio State, Wil Spencer of Georgia, Mississippi’s Nik Scholtz, Ohio State Buckeye Chase Buchanan and Kentucky’s Alex Musialek.
Spencer qualified for the next round after defeating Juan Spir 6-3, 6-0, Doumbia beat Kyle McMorrow of Washington 6-2, 6-4 and Taboada recorded a 4-6, 6-4, 6-2 win over Baylor’s Mate Zsiga.
While top seed Allie Will of Florida advanced comfortably to the second round with a 7-6, 6-3 victory over Notre Dame’s Shannon Matthews, several other seeded players won’t be appearing in the next round.
Most notably was eighth seed and 2010 champion Chelsey Gullickson of Georgia who was defeated by Southern California’s Sabrina Santamaria 6-3, 6-2.
The four other seeded players eliminated in the women’s tournament were all from the 9-16 seeding group.
The morning saw the elimination of Georgia Tech’s Jillian O’Neill and Emina Bektas of Michigan. O’Neill lost her first round match to Brynn Boren of Tennessee 7-6(2), 3-6, 6-4, while Bektas was eliminated 6-4, 7-5 by another Tennessee representative in Kata Szekely.
In the afternoon the two eliminated were Mississippi’s Kristi Boxx and Jacqueline Cako of Arizona State. Boxx was eliminated by Arizona’s Lacey Smyth 6-4, 7-6(3) before South Carolina’s Anya Morgina beat Cako 6-3, 6-3.
Except for Gullickson all of the top seeds advanced in the women’s tournament. These seeds are Will, Beatrice Capra of Duke, Stanford’s Nicole Gibbs and Mallory Burdette, UCLA Bruin Robin Anderson, Cal’s Jana Juricova and Cristina Sanchez-Quintanar of Texas A&M.
Georgia’s other representative Maho Kowase was eliminated by Texas’ Aeriel Ellis 2-6, 7-6(5), 6-1.