Anna Tatishvili Fights Back, Advances to 3rd Round

Anna Tatishvili lost an up-and-down first set yesterday but bounced back big time in the second and third sets to defeat Sorana Cirstea, 6-7, 6-1, 6-2 and advance to the third round of the U.S. Open for the first time in her career.  In fact, it's the first time she has advanced to the round of 32 in any Grand Slam event.  She'll play Mandy Minella of Luxembourg tomorrow for a berth in the final 16, and as always this blog and our Facebook page will keep you posted.  Anna's success in this tournament got us thinking about other American School students who have participated in various U.S. Open events.  We've mentioned Andre Agassi, Mary Pierce and Anna Kournikova several times, but Phillip Simmonds lost to a young Andy Murray in the 2003 boys' singles tournament, and Ally Baker lost to a young Ana Ivanovic in the 2003 girls' singles tournament.  Both Murray and Ivanovic have gone on to have outstanding careers, Murray's including an Olympic gold medal and Ivanovic's including a French Open championship.  We hope Anna will have similar success someday soon!