Congratulations to Jamie on winning the USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships. Jamie beat UCLA’s Robin Anderson in the finals 6-3, 6-2 in a re-match of the finals of last month’s Riviera/ITA Women’s All-American Singles championships. Jamie won the Indoors without dropping a set, and in so doing became the first women to win both the All-American and the Indoor titles in 20 years.
“Being the number one seed going in I expected her to win it” said Jamie’s JMTA coach, Felix Alvarado. “Jamie is playing some great tennis and with the tournament being here in New York at the National Tennis Center, it was nice to be able to see her play again in person.”
“It was fun to play in front of family, friends, and Felix again” said Jamie, “Their support gave me a ‘home court advantage’ and helped propel me to winning the tournament. Robin played a great match, congrats to her on a nice result.”
Below are excerpts from an article written by Colette Lewis of ZooTennis.com. You can read the full article at www.zootennis.com.
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North Carolina freshman Jamie Loeb continued her domination of the fall majors, while UCLA senior Clay Thompson is still pinching himself after winning his 15th straight match after the pair collected the singles championships at the USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships at the USTA Billie Jean King Tennis Center.
All-American champion Loeb repeated last month’s final result in California on the opposite coast, again defeating UCLA junior Robin Anderson, this time by a 6-3, 6-2 score.
Top seed Loeb, who hasn’t lost a set since the second round of qualifying at the Riviera All-American last month, won the big-hitting battle with defending champion Anderson. Up 4-1 and two breaks in the opening set, Loeb gave back one, but the 18-year-old from Ossining New York reasserted herself late in the set, breaking Anderson to win it.
Anderson, who had dropped the All-American final to Loeb 6-4, 6-0, got off to a good start in the second set, breaking Loeb in the first game, but the 20-year-old from Matawan, New Jersey couldn’t consolidate, losing her next service game and watching Loeb take a 4-1 lead. Anderson held for 4-2, and forced Loeb to win a deuce game to keep her lead, but when Loeb held there for 5-2, she let out a loud “c’mon,” pumping her fist in the direction of her family, friends and private coach sitting in the viewing area above the court.
Loeb was correct in thinking that was a key hold, with Anderson serving to stay in the match. Seeing the finish line, Loeb kept giving back Anderson’s pace with more of her own and soon it was 15-40. After so many penetrating ground strokes throughout the match, Loeb picked her first match point to display her variety, hitting an excellent backhand slice that Anderson had to come forward to get. When Anderson’s forehand went long, Loeb turned to her supporters with another fist pump and c’mon, having secured the first National Indoor title for the Tar Heels.
As for her future, Loeb is looking to catch up on the school work that she’s missed during the fall season, yet not being on the courts the next two months when she’s playing at such a high level is a concern.
“I know I’m going to want to play more, because that’s just me,” said Loeb, who trains at the John McEnroe Academy in New York. “When I come home for Thanksgiving, I’ll definitely be playing.”