Unseeded Stanford senior KC Corkery struggled yesterday in his three-set opener to the NCAA Championships singles tournament, due in large part to a back ailment that has plagued him throughout the year. He faced a tougher opponent today in VCU's Arnaud Lecloerec, ranked #15 in the nation and seeded in the #9-16 group for these NCAAs. Corkery should have been expected to face an uphill battle, and things started off interestingly for both players with service breaks in the first three games. The first set ended with Corkery blazing, holding serve at 30 with a slicing approach, breaking at love, holding serve at love and then breaking to close out a stunning 6-1 set. Corkery broke Lecloerec once in the second set, and that was all the Cardinal man needed for a 6-3 victory.
How did Corkery break Lecloerec's serve four straight times in the first set? Why was this stirring Round of 32 singles performance so much smoother than what the senior endured yesterday? What exactly is his back injury, and how has it affected him this year? Corkery talked about all this and more on camera after the match...
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KC Corkery post-Round of 32 interview -
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