Honfleur, France – Day one of the 2022 Master’U BNP Paribas Championships is now in the books as the United States secured their spot into tomorrow’s Semifinals after a 5-2 victory over Germany on the opening day of competition.
As the two-time defending champions, Team USA wasted no time showing their toughness this year, coming out swinging in the singles portion of play to jump out to an early lead over Germany.
With a singles lineup that touts four of the top collegiate players in the ITA Collegiate Tennis Rankings, Fiona Crawley (North Carolina), Stefan Dostanic (USC), Connie Ma (Stanford), and Ryan Seggerman (North Carolina) all won in straight sets on the day against some fellow current and former NCAA student-athletes that made up the German team.
For Crawley, she squared off with Nicole Rivkine (Texas) and continued her dominant play from this past fall, winning 6-1, 6-3 over the Texas freshman. Ma had similar success against Lorena Schadel in her match, earning Team USA’s second point with a 6-2, 6-0 victory.
On the men’s side of play, Dostanic went up against Tim Sandkaulen (Ole Miss) and would earn a convincing 6-3, 6-2 win. For Seggerman, he faced Jordi Walder (Hawaii Pacific) who took him to a tiebreak in the first set before the experienced Seggerman was able to pull away with a 7-6, 6-3 win.
In doubles, Germany showcased their great skill and chemistry, winning the men’s doubles and mixed doubles points over the United States.
Men’s doubles saw Patrick Maloney (Michigan) and Seggerman fall to Constantin Frantzen (Baylor) and Sandkullen who were each top-ranked doubles players during their time at Baylor and Ole Miss. In mixed doubles, Crawley and Maloney made it close, but ultimately couldn’t top Frantzen and Shaline Pipa (Hawaii Pacific) falling 6-8 to the German duo.
Hayley Giavara (Cal) and Ma were the lone US doubles team to come out victorious against the Germans as the duo split the first two sets against Pipa and Rivkine before taking the decisive third-set tiebreaker.
Team USA will be back in action on Saturday for the Semifinals of the 2022 BNP Paribas Championships. The United States will be up against France which is the host country and who also has two former NCAA student-athletes on its roster.
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Collegiate tennis fans!
The USA National Collegiate team rose to the challenge with a stirring 5-2 victory over an always-tough German team at the 15th Annual Master’U BNP Paribas Championships in Honfleur, France.
What many people don’t realize is that most of the National Teams have filled their squads with players who had played collegiate tennis in the United States in NCAA tennis. This year’s German squad is no different for their talent-laden team is made up of Germans who pursued their academic and athletic dreams together by playing NCAA tennis in the States.
Today’s USA victory was led by all four singles players who clinched the team match with singles wins to start the day.
Saturday’s semifinalist match for the USA will be a guaranteed barn burner against our traditional rival and hosts, the French team. The other semifinal match will be the Australian team playing against Great Britain.
Team USA Results Against Germany
- No. 1 Singles – Fiona Crawley (USA) def. Rivkine (GER) 6-1, 6-3
- No. 2 Singles – Connie Ma (USA) def. Schadel (Germany) 6-2, 6-0
- No. 1 Singles – Stefan Dostanic (USA) def. Sandkullen (GER) 6-3, 6-2
- No. 2 Singles – Ryan Seggerman (USA) def. Walder (Germany) 7-6, 6-3
- Giavara/Ma (USA) def. Pipa/Rivkine (GER) 6-1, 4-6, 10-7
- Frantzen/Sandkullen (GER) def. Maloney/Seggerman (USA) 6-4, 6-4
- Pipa/Frantzen (GER) def. Crawley/Maloney (USA) 8-6