Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton)
Bradley Klahn, a 19 year old wild card entry, has upset the number 4 seed Carsten Ball in the first round. Ball is no stranger to the LG&T.
In 2008 he was the singles semi-finalist and doubles champion playing with Travis Rettenmaier. In 2009, he and Kaes Van’t Hof were in the doubles final, losing to Rik De Voest and Scott Lipsky.
Ball holds a current ATP ranking of 145. Klahn is the 2010 NCAA men’s singles champion from Stanford, capturing the NCAA Championship by defeating Louiville’s Austin Childs 6-1, 6-2.
His resume also includes the USTA Boy’s 18’s #1 ranked player in 2008. He was also named a 2010 NCAA All-American in both singles and doubles at Stanford.
The match featured 2 hard hitting lefties with high-kicking topspin serves. After splitting sets, it looked grim for Klahn, who fell behind a break to go to 0-3 in the third set.
Klahn was able to break back, and in a hard fought game at 4-4, Klahn once again broke Ball to serve for the match.
Klahn was able to persevere with the outcome of the match on his own racquet, and after 2 deuce points, finally brought home the win with a score of 7-5, 6-7(4), 6-4.