My great apologies for not having a Thursday blog post. I spent almost eight hours in the air and another one and a half in the car, so it was a long day!
It was a long day for many of the international pros as well. Well into the evening, John Hyden and Tri Bourne battled through a tough three set match with Brazilians Pedro Salgado and Emanuel Rego. They won the match, after some squabbling through the net about who came under the net and caused both Hyden and Rego to go down holding their ankles. The win marked an undefeated run in pool play for Hyden and Bourne. Americans Sean Rosenthal and Phil Dalhausser, Casey Patterson and Jake Gibb, Kerri Walsh Jennings and April Ross, and Lauren Fendrick and Brooke Sweat also emerged without a loss. The teams of Emily Day and Summer Ross and Ryan Doherty and Nick Lucena both finished a respectable 2-1 in pool, moving them into the first round of elimination play as well. Casey Jennings and Avery Drost were the final American team to advance, despite winning only one match in their pool.
Weather forecast predicts a beautiful day today in Long Beach, partly cloudy around 80, and I predict some big matches in the first round of single elimination play. Summer Ross and Day play a strong 15-seed Argentinian team on stadium court this morning. Lucena and Doherty face off against Bartosz Losiak and Piotr Kantor of Poland, while Jennings and Drost have the misfortune to match up against Aleksandrs Samoilovs and Janis Smedins of Latvia who took fifth at last year’s Long Beach Grand Slam and are the fifth seed this year.