Sunday, August 21, 2011
Robin Anderson, USA, 2011 U. S. Open National Playoffs Women's Champion
|Robin Anderson receiving trophy|
The Playoffs have been held at the Connecticut Tennis Center at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut.
The women were up first in the second match of the day on stadium court. Perhaps overwhelmed by the chance to compete in the US Open qualifying draw, Anderson opened up the match with three double faults to give Schnack an early break and struggled with her timing early on.
“I was very aware of my surroundings and the crowd,” said Anderson. “It took a little while to settle in.”
The first set was a back-and-forth encounter featuring numerous service breaks, but it was Schnack’s gutsy trips to the net that got her to prevail in the opening set. She followed up a forehand drive with a volley winner to reach set point at 6-5, and a backhand error from Anderson gave the California native a one-set lead.
Anderson had a break point in Schnack’s first service game of the second set, but missed it with a routine overhead. However, a forehand error from Schnack in her next service game gave Anderson a 3-1 lead.
Schnack gained the break back in Anderson’s next service game, but a forehand winner from the Matawan native gave her a 4-2 lead, and she rode the momentum through to the rest of the match, reeling off eight consecutive games in total.
“I just tried to stay more consistent and make her play one extra ball,” said Anderson. “She started missing a bit towards the end, which was definitely good for me.”
The final set was one-way traffic for Anderson. Schnack struggled to find the timing on her serve, hitting a pair of double faults to go down 2-0, and a double fault to also lose her next service game. Down 0-5, Schnack managed to hold serve and get on the board, but an ace down the middle from Anderson on her first match point gave her the match and the wildcard into the US Open qualifying tournament.
“I like my chances at qualifying,” said Anderson. “I think I’ve been hitting the ball pretty well this week.”
Despite the loss, Schnack was gracious in defeat afterwards.
“I want to thank the crowd for coming out here today and congratulate Robin for playing such a well-fought match,” said Schnack. “She definitely deserves it. I’m just glad that a Bruin will still be competing in the US Open.”
Anderson will be heading off to join the Bruins at UCLA in a few weeks where the top recruit has been signed to play tennis.
She's going in swinging!!