Hopkins, Prabhakar Compete in Winston-Salem Open Qualifying Rounds
Aug. 18, 2012
By Nick Sebesta, Wake Forest Media Relations (@SIDeacons)
Hopkins and Prabhakar who played as double partners for Wake Forest, each played a singles match looking to gain a qualifying spot in the tournament.
Prabhakar was defeated by John Harrison Richmond in three sets (6-3, 4-6, 1-6) in an early afternoon match. The senior had an impressive first set, yet Richmond fought back to take the second. With Prabhakar leading 4-3, Richmond battled, taking the set 6-4. He then won the next three games of the third set before Prabhakar took the fourth game.
Richmond and Prabhakar played close the next two games, yet Richmond prevailed to advance.
"It was awesome (to play here)," said Prabhakar. "We play on these courts everyday and I've seen every spot on the court and where the ball bounces. Luckily I've been here and we're blessed to have this facility."
Hopkins fell to Matthew Ebden who is ranked No.71 in the world in singles in a hard-fought match in two sets (3-6, 6-7 (5)). Ebden was the top seed in the qualifying round. Playing on center court, Hopkins competed hard in front of many Wake Forest fans along with family and friends.
Up 4-2 in the second set, Ebden broke Hopkins serve while coming back and winning in a tie-break 7-5.
"It was great to play in front of my family and friends along with Winston-Salem in general," said Hopkins. "I'm really thankful that I did get to play, I felt I deserved a chance to play here, against opponents like (Ebden)".
Hopkins went 25-16 last spring for the Demon Deacons, rotating in the top two positions in the lineup. Prabhakar had a breakout season last year for the Deacs with a 25-12 record in singles. As doubles partners, Prabhakar and Hopkins were ranked No.45 in the nation and were 8-3 in the ACC as the No.1 doubles team for Wake Forest.
"It was awesome to see (Prabhakar) here," said Hopkins. "It was really exciting to see him here".