Klahn, Gullickson win NCAA Division I singles titles

June 1, 2010 11:30 AM
Bradley Klahn won the 2010 NCAA men's singles title

Two American sophomores, Bradley Klahn (Stanford * Poway, Calif.) and Chelsey Gullickson (Georgia * Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.) swept the NCAA Division I Men’s and Women’ singles titles in Athens, Ga. This is the second consecutive year that Americans have swept the NCAA singles titles, as Devin Britton (Mississippi) and Mallory Cecil (Duke) won the events in 2009.

Klahn, seeded in the 9-16 group, upset No. 4 Guillermo Gomez (Georgia Tech) in the round of 16 before upsetting top-seeded Henrique Cunha (Duke) in the semifinals. Klahn beat unseeded Austen Childs (Louisville), 6-1, 6-2, in the final to become Stanford’s first NCAA men’s champion since Alex Kim in 2000.

Gullickson, who reached the semifinals as a freshman in 2009, was also seeded in the 9-16 group and beat three of the four top seeds to win the title. She upset top-seeded Irina Falconi (Georgia Tech) in the quarterfinals and then defeated No. 4 Hilary Barte (Stanford), 7-6 (3), 6-3, in an all-American semifinal. In the final, Gullickson beat No. 2 seed Jelena Juricova (California-Berkeley), 6-3, 7-6 (7).

Americans also swept the doubles titles, as Virginia’s Drew Courtney (Clifton, Va.) and Michael Shabaz (Fairfax, Va.) won the men’s title, while Stanford’s Hilary Barte (Chatsworth, Calif.) and Lindsay Burdette (Jackson, Ga.) won the women’s title. Stanford also won the women’s team title last week.