Tide Faces World’s Best in the Cajun Classic

Baton Rouge, LA – The Crimson Tide Wheelchair Tennis team traveled to Cajun Classic ITF 1 in Baton Rouge, LA to face competition from around the world for the second week in a row. The first round started with a unique and unfortunate turn for the Crimson Tide. Baron and Haneke-Hopps were chosen to battle it out against each other. Baron came out on top moving to the quarterfinals. Jacques faced Takamuro in the first round in a tough match. Takamuro’s sound forehand broke the evenly matched up competition. In the first round of doubles Haneke-Hopps and Jacques came up short against a solid doubles team consisting of 9th ranked German Kruger and 10th ranked South African Montjane. Baron and her partner, Tanaka of Japan, beat down the first round competition 6-2,6-0. Haneke-Hopps continued her singles campaign in the consolation draw defeating top ranked Canadian Llanes. Haneke-Hopps then battled it out against 38th ranked Moreno of Argentina in the consolation quarterfinals losing 1-6,1-6. Jacques drew tough competition in consolation with a match against world ranked 51st Williams losing 3-6, 1-6. Baron hanging on for Bama in the main draw of the Cajun Classic played Van Koot in a rematch from just last week in the Arizona Open. Van Koot came out swinging and defeating Baron. Baron and Tanaka continued their doubles pursuit now facing Rio gold and silver medalists Van Koot and Buis world ranked 5th and 6th respectively. Baron and Tanaka fought hard as ever taking the first set, losing the second, and finally losing a tie-breaker to decide the match. ROLL TIDE! The Crimson Tide Wheelchair Tennis team had very tough competition, but held their chins up and stood strong winning great matches throughout the week. The Tide is now focused on Nationals and bringing yet another championship home to the University of Alabama. ROLL TIDE!!!