McDowell Drops Opening Round Match at US Open

Aug. 20, 2008

FLUSHING MEADOWS, N.Y. – Georgia Tech junior Amanda McDowell dropped her US Open first round qualifying match in straight sets to Julie Coin of France Wednesday afternoon at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center.

McDowell, the 2008 NCAA Singles Champion, lost the match 6-1, 6-1 to the former Clemson standout. With the match tied at 1-1 in the first set, McDowell had a chance to break Coin but was unable to capitalize and the match began to get away from the Yellow Jacket. Coin would pull away to earn the win.

“She (Julie Coin) took away my serve and put a lot of pressure on me from the beginning,” McDowell said. “I played my game but she was a very good player and did what she needed to do.

“This is not how I wanted it to go but it was a good experience. I now know what to expect at the highest level and what I have to do to take my game there.”

McDowell will return to Atlanta as she begins her junior year as a member of the Georgia Tech tennis team. The Atlanta, Ga., native has garnered numerous accolades over the past year including being named the 2008 ITA National Player of the Year and the 2008 Honda Award winner for tennis.

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