Re: NCAA singles 1st round
Maho Kowase (Georgia) def. Kristina Smith (UCI) 4-6,7-6,6-3
- Kristina wins 7 of the first 11 games when it was played outdoors. Then she only wins 8 of the next 21 games when it was moved indoors. It's very tough in the middle of a match to change to another playing surface you're not familiar with.
This is a unique situation under college tennis. In pro tennis they probably wouldn't change surfaces during a match. They would just close the retractable roof or wait until the courts dry off.
- Outdoor courts are hard and fast while indoor courts are made of carpet and play slower. Georgia has both indoor and outdoor courts that they practice and play matches on. Southern California schools and the area in general don't have any indoor courts.
- Kristina had a great showing just winning a set. She has set the bench mark
that returning players like Marivick Mamiit and Sarah Gong and other UCI future #1 singles players can aspire too.
- Good luck to Kristina as she plays on a German club team this summer.