WTC Group Phase Round One
Group I: Italy vs. Sri Lanka, Grass
Monday: G. Girsh d. M. Kinczllers, 6-2, 6-4, 6-1
Tuesday: A. Mehul d. T. Alberti, 6-0, 7-6(2), 7-6(5)
Wednesday: A.Mehul/G.Girsh d. X.Jue/A.Lepore, 6-4, 7-5, 6-4
Thursday: A. Mehul d. M. Kinczllers, 6-0, 6-1, 6-4
Friday: G. Girsh d. T. Alberti, 6-4, 6-0, 6-4
Sri Lanka defeats Italy, 5-0!!
There were some tense moments on the second and third days, but when all was said and done we pulled through and smashed Italy without the loss of so much as a set. Kinczllers was low on recent matches which helped as he was rusty, but I doubt that changed things all that much. It's pleasing to crush our biggest group threat so convincingly. I'd expect more of the same basically in our remaining group ties; with two of the top five players in the world now by my evaluation, there are few who should be able to challenge us.
After the Australian Open, next up will be Mexico who beat Denmark 4-0. A win there will guarantee our spot atop Group 1. The latest rankings have us up to 12th again, just a hair behind Austria and Peru.