Cohen Going Pro -
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old May 31st, 2007, 11:44 PM Thread Starter
Senior Member
Join Date: Sep 2001
Location: Independent Isle
Posts: 7,027
Cohen Going Pro


The women's champion, Audra Cohen, who defeated Lindsey Nelson of USC 7-5, 6-2, announced that she would leave the University of Miami after her junior year to try her hand at the pro tour.

"It's definitely a tough decision," said Cohen, 21. "I have a team of my best friends to leave behind, the college atmosphere that I'm walking away from. But I feel like it's my time. I've won so many college tournaments and been No. 1 in the country for a while, and it's my time to go out and play."

"I think she's ready and that she's making the right decision," said her coach, Paige Yaroshuk-Tews. "She's definitely going to be missed, but she's making the right decision for herself."

Since her dramatic comeback in the round of 16 against Celia Durkin, where she trailed 6-3 4-0 0-40, Cohen has been playing high-level tennis. But in the final, she started slowly and trailed 5-3 in the first set before reeling off the next nine games of the match.

"In the beginning I was rushing myself," said Cohen, of Plantation, Fla. "I was a little bit nervous; it was a big moment, big crowd; it took me a little while to get comfortable on the court and to start dictating the pace of the play."

Nelson, of Villa Park, Calif., hits two-handed from both sides, and flat and early are the watchwords of her style. But the thin six-footer couldn't keep the errors out of her game, and she noted that as the major difference between her play and Cohen's.

"She didn't miss - at all," said Nelson, who lost in the NCAA final for the second straight year. "And I missed a lot of balls. I made a lot of winners, but I missed way too many. Her slice was very effective today, her high balls were deep and heavy and it was difficult."

At 5-0, Nelson held and broke, but although she kept fighting, Nelson admitted it was "too late." As for Cohen, even the knowledge that it was her last collegiate match didn't give her any incentive to prolong it. "The quicker the better," she laughed afterwards. "And frankly, at the end, when it was 5-0 and then it was 5-2, it wasn't going quick enough."

As Cohen leaves college tennis with three major titles - the ITA Indoor, the ITA All-American and the NCAA individual - she looks back on the Hurricanes' 2006 NCAA season as one of the highlights of her college career.

"Getting the team to the finals was great. We were kind of underrated, but we just had heart; we didn't have all of the talent that the other teams had, we just had the fight, and that's something that helped me along the way. It helped me today and it will help me in the future as well."

It makes sense she's won the college career slam (All-American, Indoors, and NCAA singles). There's nothing for her to win except team titles and doubles titles.
Tennisace is offline  
Sponsored Links
post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old Jun 1st, 2007, 12:49 AM
Senior Member
tucker1989's Avatar
Join Date: Sep 2004
Posts: 23,846
Re: Cohen Going Pro

I understand her decision. She can always go back and do one more year of college when she finishes in the pros.
tucker1989 is offline  
post #3 of 8 (permalink) Old Jun 1st, 2007, 12:50 AM
Senior Member
Join Date: Mar 2002
Posts: 454
Re: Cohen Going Pro

she's def been the most dominant player in college tennis the last few years, about as much, if not more so than amber liu
tennis_pIayer is offline  
post #4 of 8 (permalink) Old Jun 1st, 2007, 08:25 AM
Senior Member
kittyking's Avatar
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: New Zealand
Posts: 23,577
Re: Cohen Going Pro

Originally Posted by tennis_pIayer View Post
she's def been the most dominant player in college tennis the last few years, about as much, if not more so than amber liu
And wasnt Amber Liu so excellent on the Wta tour

Thank you for everything Mercedes, now please be nice to Socrates for me, perhaps fetch him a bird or two. We love you, always.
kittyking is offline  
post #5 of 8 (permalink) Old Jun 2nd, 2007, 03:07 AM
wta_zuperfann's Avatar
Join Date: Apr 2003
Location: USA
Posts: 8,392
Re: Cohen Going Pro

I have always said that the NCAA's rule that restricts practice to 20 hours per week during the regular season, and which severely limits practice during off season, hurts a player's chances of developing his/her skills so as to enable them to turn pro successfully. Had Audra been allowed to practice 20 hours per week all year long and to play short season ball in autumn and indoor during winter, she could have developed her skills to the point where she could have graduated and turned pro a year later.

America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves.

Abraham Lincoln
wta_zuperfann is offline  
post #6 of 8 (permalink) Old Oct 29th, 2007, 04:55 PM
Junior Member
Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: The Pond
Posts: 75
Re: Cohen Going Pro

20 hours a week is alot of practice...3 hours a day 7 days a week. This doesn't include off court conditioning.Why do the best college players have such a hrd time adjusting to the pros?
frogger is offline  
post #7 of 8 (permalink) Old Oct 29th, 2007, 08:04 PM
Senior Member
Join Date: Mar 2006
Posts: 1,018
Re: Cohen Going Pro

OMG...I know plenty of decent pros who don't practice that many hours every day. Must be a different reason college players don't get too far in the pros.
hammerhead is offline  
post #8 of 8 (permalink) Old Feb 10th, 2008, 06:10 PM
Dubai Love
Uranium's Avatar
Join Date: Apr 2007
Posts: 52,411
Re: Cohen Going Pro

Audra played Forest Hills and i saw her, she was good and

Uranium is offline  

Quick Reply

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:


Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page

Posting Rules  
You may not post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome