(Palm Springs, CA.) The newest Great Dane, Irene Santos (Madrid, Spain) started off her college tennis career with a little ‘hard luck’. Injured the day before the prestigious National Collegiate Tennis Classic in Palm Springs, CA, the hard-hitting Spaniard gave it her best shot, but her injured leg just said “NO!”. In a tourney loaded with some of the best talent in the country, Santos showed she can play at that level, and if healthy can win, too.
In her first round, Santos drew #3 seeded Kaitlin Ray (UCLA), ranked #38 in the country. Ray hardly missed a ball the entire match, but when Santos was able to dictate her style of play and not have to run much on her sore leg, Santos dominated many of the points with her big forehand. However, Ray used her speed to run down almost everything and eventually take charge of lots of the points triumphing 6-0,6-1.
In the back draw, Santos’ leg was doing no better. Still she gave it a game effort before having to retire vs. Amelia Herring (Stanford), 6-1, ret. Again, the Dane showed spurts of dictating the points. But one needs to be able to run well to win at this level, and Santos’ leg was just not up for it.
Her prognosis is good, however. She is expected to be back in good form in time for the season-opener vs. Marist, Feb. 1, 2:00pm at Tri-City Fitness in Latham…only 15 minutes up the Northway from campus, just off of exit #7.
FRIDAY, FEB. 1, 2:00PM
Tri-City Tennis and Fitness