PEORIA, Ill. – A trio of Braves put themselves in position to win singles flights at the 2012 Bradley Classic by going 3-0 Saturday, highlighting the second day of tournament action at the David Markin Tennis Courts and Bradley Park Tennis Courts.
Bradley’s eight individual players combined for a 14-5 record through the first three rounds of singles play Saturday.
Juniors Hamish Weerasinghe (Flight 3 Singles) and Arthur Romanet (Flight 4) completed their three rounds Saturday without dropping a set. Fellow junior Justin Abrams (Flight 6) rebounded from a 6-0 loss in his first set of the day to win his next six sets to also go 3-0 Saturday.
While Abrams, Romanet and Weerasinghe did not have the benefit of a bye Saturday, sophomore Ahmed Albitar started his day in the second round of Flight 2 Singles and also is undefeated. In his third-round match versus Saint Louis senior, an ailing Albitar dropped the first set, 6-1, and was down 5-2 in the second before digging to deep to rally. He won the second set in a tie-breaker, 8-6, then pulled out a 10-8 winner in the pro-scoring third set.
Senior Eric Nguyen cruised to a 6-0, 6-2 win in his opening set of Flight 7 Singles, but was forced to retire from the remainder of the tournament due to injury. Nguyen was replaced by DePauw’s Rico Lumanlan for the final four rounds.
In Flight 1 Singles, senior Juan Diego Cuadrado split his two matches. Junior Kevin Keiner (1-2) pulled out a three-set victory in his third-round match in Flight 8 Singles and junior Ashton Kalhorn came up empty in his two Saturday matches in Flight 5 Singles.
The final two rounds of singles play in the Bradley Classic will begin at 9 a.m. Sunday at the David Markin Tennis Courts and Bradley Park Tennis Courts.
The Bradley Classic will be Bradley’s last home completion during the fall tournament season. The Braves will compete in the ITA All-American Championship pre-qualifying Sept. 29-30 in Tulsa, Okla., then will close out the fall season at the USTA/ITA Central Region Championships Oct. 18-21 in Minneapolis.