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Old 04-25-2015, 10:00 PM   #7
Brian Swartz
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Join Date: May 2006
The 2038 World Team Cup has begun!

We began facing off in a must-win against China, which as I mentioned is the weakest member of our group. Here's how the week unfolded:

Monday: A. Mehul d. W. Cheung, 6-1, 6-4, 6-3
Tuesday: A. Chittoor d. L. Chen, 7-6(4), 7-5, 6-2
Wednesday: Z. Hou/W. Cheung d. Mehul/Nilima, 1-6, 6-2, 6-4, 6-3
Thursday: A. Mehul d. L. Chen, 6-0, 6-2, 6-3
Friday: A. Chittoor d. W. Cheung, 7-6(10), 6-2, 6-4

Sri Lanka defeats China, 4-1!

The overall result was the same as most of our ties but it was much more competitive, particularly in Chittoor's matches. The first one against Chen was especially tense, but he pulled through. In the other tie, Nigeria blanked Ukraine 5-0. This was quite a surprise to me. Yevgeny Tupikov's decline must be steeper than I thought, he won just one set in his two matches combined. Nigeria now leads the group ahead of us on tiebreakers. After the Australian Open at the end of the month, we will face them in the second round of group play. That will be a vital tie, and the winner of it will essentially have booked their place in the quarterfinals.

The latest rankings have us up one spot to a new high of 66th.

Last edited by Brian Swartz : 04-25-2015 at 10:03 PM.
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