FAYETTEVILLE – Yang Pang and Kimberley – Ann Surin had not paired up for collegiate doubles competition yet this season. In just one day, they put together a season’s worth of work, winning five straight matches against a competitive field and advancing to the finals of the 2013 USTA/ITA Central Regional Championship in Norman, Okla., on Friday.
After thunderstorms forced competition inside on the six indoor courts of the Gregg Wadley Indoor Tennis Pavilion, singles matches were scratched for the day and the entire 64-team doubles draw was to be played.
Pang and Surin went to work.
Beginning the day with 8:30 a.m. warmups, the Razorback duo walked off the courts some 12 hours later, able to claim five straight victories and a berth in the tournament finals as a day’s work.
The two look to finish off their remarkable run when they return to the court and face Mia Lancaster and Whitney Ritchie of host team Oklahoma for the tournament title on Monday, after the final was moved back on mutual coaches’ decision.
"That’s a really tall task to be able to win five doubles matches in one day," head coach Michael Hegarty said. "I don’t think I’ve ever seen it done before. Credit both our team and the Sooner team for finding a way to get through a 64-team draw down to two teams in one day. It should be a great final."
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Complete ITA Central Regional Championship Results:Pang/Surin (Arkansas) def. Lee/Monaghan (SIU) 8-7 (2)Pang/Surin (Arkansas) def. Wagner/Matysova (NEB) 8-0Pang/Surin (Arkansas) def. Wofford/Melrose (OU) 8-7 (8)Pang/Surin (Arkansas) def. Stevens/Schiller (WSU) 8-3Pang/Surin (Arkansas) def. Brhane/Engbroks (OU) 8-6
Download: DOUBLES DRAW 64draw.pdf