May 20, 2009
COLLEGE STATION, Texas -
Junior Saketh Myneni fell to Georgia Tech sophomore Guillermo Gomez in the first round of the NCAA Singles Championships Wednesday by a score of 6-4, 6-2 at the George P. Mitchell Tennis Center. This was Myneni’s first trip to the postseason tournament as an individual competitor.
“Saketh had his opportunities today in the first set, but couldn’t quite convert at a few key moments,” said head coach Billy Pate. “However, he played a very good player. Nonetheless, I am proud of the year he has had. There wasn’t one day from August until now where Saketh has been 100 percent physically. Despite those nagging injuries he really grinded through a lot of critical matches and led us to many team victories.”
The first set started out on serve before Myneni delivered the initial break of Gomez to pull in front 2-1. Gomez then broke back in the next game tying the set at 2-2. The set got back on serve until Myneni picked up his second break. In similar fashion to the first go around, Gomez broke back setting the score at 4-4. From this point on it was all Gomez as the Yellow Jacket won the final two games of the first to close out the set 6-4.
Gomez came out blazing in the second set with a commanding 3-0 lead before Myneni earned his first point. The Tide netter would win one more game before being broken in the last game as Gomez took the match with a 6-2 win in the second set.
With the loss, Myneni finishes the season with a 19-11 singles record.
“Saketh will get a chance to recharge some this summer and be ready to go again in the fall for his senior season,” added Pate.
Guillermo Gomez (GT) def. Saketh Myneni (UA) 6-4, 6-2