Sweden(??) vs. Sri Lanka(2nd), Grass
Monday: G. Girsh d. O. Birkeland, 6-3, 7-6(4), 6-1
Tuesday: E. Trulsen d. A. Mehul, 7-6(6), 6-7(4), 7-6(3), 4-6, 6-4
Wednesday: A. Hjoch/P. Myhre d. S. Ujjaval/P. Mooljee, 6-1, 6-0, 6-2
Thursday: G. Girsh d. E. Trulsen, 6-4, 6-1, 6-2
Friday: A. Mehul d. O. Birkeland, 6-2, 6-4, 6-3
Sri Lanka defeats Sweden, 3-2!!
That ... was more tense than expected. The Mehul - Trulsen rubber on day two was a true epic, and put us in a hole given their strength in doubles. Even more surprising was the way Girsh rose to the occasion and dominated to even things up on day four. That basically was the one that was going to either win it or lose it for us. This was the only close quarterfinal tie, and we made it through but Trulsen gave us a big scare.
Next up in a couple weeks is the United States on an indoor court. This is #1 against #2, and we will take the top spot by the end of the year I think if we win. The surface favors us - it's hard to see them beating us here. Strangely this might have been our one scare. On the other side is Argentina against France. Both would be a little dangerous, Argentina primarily as the new Germany. If they get through and get clay in the final ... Caratti is a monster there. So it's far from over, but I continue to like our chances.
Ritwik Dudwadkar was part of the winning doubles team in his latest outing, in Washington DC. He was also the toughest obstacle for the eventual champion, American Evan Boone, who beat him 6-4, 7-5 in the semifinals. A good amount of matches this week and now he'll get a few off.