Sondhu Drops Seguso in second round 18 singles upset
Shan Sondhu knows well what it?s like to be on the wrong end of an upset at Kalamazoo. Last year, as the eighth seed in 16s division, the seventeen-year-old from Laguna Nigel CA, lost to the 28th seed in the fourth round.
This year, unseeded in the 18s division, Sondhu eliminated 15th seed Holden Seguso 1-6, 6-4, 6-3.
?Last year I didn?t deal well with the pressure,? Sondhu said. ?It?s always great to go in as the underdog and beat a seed.?
The match didn?t begin auspiciously for Sondhu. Before he knew it, he was down a set.
?I just came out shaky, couldn?t get in the game,? said Sondhu. ?Holden was serving well, swinging freely. But I stayed calm.?
Seguso, the son of former Wimbledon and US Open doubles champion Robert Seguso, saw his first singles match ever in Kalamazoo come to a disappointing end. In the final set, when serving at 2-3, he lost a 40-0 lead and the game, throwing his racquet against the fence and receiving a point penalty. Sondhu held easily and although he squandered two match points at 5-3, he didn?t let it faze him.
?I started to get tight. I doubled faulted and dumped a backhand into the net, ? said Sondhu. ?But then I hit an ace and a service winner so it worked out.?
Other seeded players to fall on Sunday were Clint Bowles, the 28th seed, Stefan Hardy, the 30th seed and Andrew Orban the 32nd seed. Bowles lost to Kevin Fleck 7-5, 6-3 and Hardy was beaten by Matt Brewer 6-3. 7-5. Orban was leading Alex Mast 5-1 in the first set when he was forced to retire due to a shoulder he injured at that point in the match.
16 singles second round matches begin on Sunday morning. Two rounds of doubles were played in the 16s division on Saturday and all sixteen seeded teams advanced.
Source: Colette Lewis (Tournament Office)