With the win Obenaus became the second Husky to move to the final eight, joining senior Andy Kuharszky, who prevailed over Oregon's Marco Verdasco 6-3,6-0. Unfortunately, Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan and Patrik Fischer came up short in their bids to give the Huskies four quarterfinalists as Nedunchezhiyan dropped a tough three setter to Oregon's Geoff Embry 3-6, 7-5, 6-3 and Fischer went down in straight sets to California's Kallim Stewart 6-4, 6-3.
Obenaus and Kelly held serve through the first
three games of the match, with Obenaus leading 2-1.
Kelly had a game point on his serve to even the match
at 2 all but committed three straight unforced errors,
including a double fault, to give Obenaus the break
and a 3-1 edge. From there Obenaus cruised through the
set, winning it 6-1.
Considering he beat top seeded Pierre Mouillon of
California in the previous round, one would expect
Kelly to rebound in the second set and he certainly
did. The two held serve through the first three games,
with Kelly leading 2-1 and Obenaus serving for 2 all.
Kelly got a break chance at 30-40 on an unforced error
but Obenaus saved it with a forehand crosscourt
passing shot winner. Another unforced error gave Kelly
a second break chance and he converted with a forehand
winner down the line in the ad court to move up 3-1.
Kelly consolidated the break with a hold for 4-1, but
Obenaus rallied, holding serve and breaking Kelly to
make it 4-3. Obenaus then had the chance to serve for
4 all, but Kelly got a break chance at 30-40 on an
errant forehand, and cashed it in with a terrific
backhand return winner to go up 5-3. He then held
serve easily to take the second set 6-3 and force a
In the third set, Obenaus held serve at love,
sandwiching a pair of service winners around a pair of
Kelly unforced errors, to go up 1-0. In the second
game, Obenaus had a 0-30 lead, but Kelly came up with
a service winner and an ace to tie the game at 30 all.
A terrific forehand crosscourt return winner gave
Obenaus a break chance, but he gave it up with an
errant half volley.
However, Kelly gave Obenaus the
break and a 2-0 lead with a pair of unforced errors.
After Obenaus won the next two games to go up 4-0,
Kelly finally got on the board at 1-4 when he broke
Obenaus's serve, but by that time Obenaus appeared to
have the match well in hand. He returned the break
and won eight of the final 10 points to close out the
With the victory Obenaus will play Cal's
Bozhidar Katzarov in the quarters, while teammate
Kuharszky will play the Bears' Pedro Zerbini in
another quarter. Both matches are scheduled to begin
at 12:00 noon on Monday, October 15.
Obenhaus moves on
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