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Cecil Goes From Family Circle Cup To ACC Tournament

April 13, 2009 11:50 PM

Mallory Cecil arrived at the Family Circle Cup in Charleston, S.C. with a dilemma. If she advanced in this Tier I Sony Ericsson WTA Tour tournament, she just might be letting her family down. Her tennis family, that is.

Cecil, No. 1 player for the Duke Blue Devils, was hoping to go deep into the demanding Family Circle Cup. But, this weekend, her college team is seeded second in the Atlantic Coast Conference season-ending championship.

This is how Cecil described her predicament of where to compete this weekend: “We were taking it one match at a time. I don’t know what would have happened actually. It would have been a tough decision. Of course, (doing well in Family Circle Cup) could have been a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. At the same time, my team’s like my family and I want to be there for them. It would have been a very tough decision.”

However, Virginie Razzano made the decision for Cecil as the No. 41 veteran Frenchwoman knocked her out in the first round 6-1, 6-2.

The freshman from Spartanburg, S.C. had a blunt analysis of her defeat. “I just think that the people watching could tell who was the veteran and who was the rookie. She was mentally tougher. She’s been in that situation before.”

Cecil said she faulted in close games while her opponent more prepared for the pressure. “I had a lot of opportunities. Because of my inexperience, I just wasn’t able to close those games out. … She played up on the baseline and I was three to four feet behind the baseline and she was able to take control of the points. I was more like scrambling,” Cecil explained.

With a 20-3 college record, Cecil said she’s very pleased with her decision to go to Duke. However, she’s still only committed on a semester-by-semester basis. She plans on playing U.S. Pro Circuit tournaments this summer before she decides on returning to Duke or going pro.




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