ROME, Ga. (Oct. 11, 2018) – Sophomore doubles team Varun Shanker (Midland, Mich. / Midland Dow) and James Wei (Chappaqua, N.Y. / Horace Greeley) advanced to the second round of the 2018 ITA Cup on Thursday afternoon.
The duo, fresh off the ITA West Regional Championship, entered the tournament seeded fourth and turned back a challenge from Dubrovsky and Anderson from Hobart and William Smith Colleges, winning the match 7-5, 7-5. The sophomore pairing picked up a crucial break point in both sets to avoid tiebreakers, and played down a break for much of the second set before getting back on track and eventually closing out the win.
Shanker and Wei will take on Bowdoin College in Friday's second round match. The match is set for 1:30 p.m., ET.