Stanford's Klahn advances to title game
ATHENS, Ga. -- Unseeded Austen Childs of Louisville beat Auburn's Tim Puetz 7-6 (2), 6-0 on Sunday to reach the men's NCAA tennis singles final against Stanford's Bradley Klahn.
Klahn eliminated top-seeded Henrique Cunha of Duke 6-2, 6-2 to earn a spot in Monday's title match. He is looking to become the 12th player from Stanford to win a college singles crown. Childs is the first Louisville player to even reach the quarterfinals.
"I have run out of clothes," Louisville coach Rex Ecarma said. "I didn't know we would be here this long. He lost in straight sets in the first round the last two years."
Klahn will be trying to win the 12th singles title for Stanford, but the first since Bob Bryan in 1998.
"That has definitely crossed my mind," said Klahn of the prospect of being listed with some of Stanford's all-time greats. "But I can't get caught up in that."
Chelsea Gullickson of Georgia, playing on her home courts, will take on second-seeded Jana Juricova of California in the women's championship match. Juricova beat Miami's Laura Vallverdu 7-6 (6), 6-2.
Gullickson, who lost in the semifinals to Vallverdu last year, defeated fourth-seeded Hilary Barte of Stanford 7-6 (6), 6-3.
Juricova shared the doubles title last year, and she will be try to be the second Cal singles champion, joining Suzi Babos from 2006.
In the doubles competition, Virginia's Drew Courtney and Michael Shabaz beat Stanford's team of Klahn and Ryan Thatcher 7-6 (3), 7-6 (7).
The Virginia team will meet second-seeded Davey Sandgren and John-Patrick Smith of Tennessee. Sandgren and Smith beat Clay Donato and Stefan Hardy of North Carolina, 6-3, 6-2.
On the women's side, top-seeded Natalie Pluskota and Caitlin Whoriskey of Tennessee ousted Gullickson and Georgia teammate Nadja Gilchrist 6-1, 7-6 (11).
Stanford's second-seeded Barte and Lindsay Burdette reached the final with a 6-0, 6-1 rout of fourth-seeded Andrea Remynse and Yasmin Schnack of UCLA.
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