Jonny Wang To Play For ITA Southwest Regional Singles Crown|
Oct. 20, 2014
MALIBU, CALIF. -- USC senior Jonny Wang has battled his way into the running for the ITA Southwest Regional Championships singles title after another strong day of play on the courts in Malibu. The No. seed in the singles draw, #39 ranked Wang pulled out a three-set comeback win in today's semifinal round to step into a clash against the top seed from UCLA tomorrow at 11 a.m.
Wang and the Trojans came up short of a shot at a title sweep when No. 8 seeded duo of Wang and fellow senior Eric Johnson were upended today in the doubles semifinals. Johnson/Wang were up against No. 3 seeded Di Giulio/Sell of UCLA and wound up with a 6-3, 6-1 loss to the Bruins to wrap the Trojans' deep run in the tourney.
Wang's busy day was far from finished, though, and it seemed he still had plenty of fight left. Up against No. 7 seeded Uros Petronijevic of San Diego in the singles semis, Wang regrouped after losing the first set in a tiebreaker. Rejuvenated for the final push, Wang would fire off a strong finish to beat Petronijevic 6-7, 6-4, 6-1 and take that spot in the singles final.
At the other side of the singles draw, fellow Trojan Max de Vroome was tangling with the top seeds. Seeded No. 4 himself and ranked #47 in the nation, de Vroome was ready to make a stand against UCLA's #13 Mackenzie McDonald in today's semifinal. The USC junior would force the issue in grabbing the second set to bring up a third, but the top-seeded Bruin managed the 6-3, 3-6, 6-2 win. That makes tomorrow's championship bout a crosstown rivalry clash between the tournament's top two seeds in McDonald and Wang.
Complete USC results at the ITA Southwest Regional Championships are below.
2014 ITA MEN'S SOUTHWEST REGIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS (Malibu, Calif.)
First Round - Oct. 17
 Connor Farren (USC) - bye
Rob Bellamy (USC) def. Carter Lam (UH) - 6-1, 6-2
 #47 Max de Vroome (USC) - bye
 #124 Eric Johnson (USC) - bye
Tanner Smith (USC) - bye
 Nick Crystal (USC) - bye
Henry Ji (USC) - bye
 #39 Jonny Wang (USC) - bye
Milen Ianakiev (SDSU) def. David Laser (USC) - 6-2, 6-2
Round of 64 - Oct. 17
Round of 32 - Oct. 18
Championship - Oct. 21
Round of 32 - Oct. 18
Round of 16 - Oct. 18
Quarterfinals - Oct. 19
Semifinals - Oct. 20