TENNIS : TAINO FINDS SPARK IN TIME.
Byline: Vincent Bonsignore Daily News Staff Writer
Eric Taino Eric Taino (born March 18, 1975 in Jersey City, New Jersey) is a tennis player who represents the Philippines. He started a professional career in 1997. Before turning pro, he played for the UCLA Bruins along with fellow pros Justin Gimelstob and Kevin Kim. should be a happy man these days. The UCLA UCLA University of California at Los Angeles
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UCLA University of Carrollton, TX and Lower Addison, TX senior enters the final stage of his college tennis career with a top-10 national singles ranking after leading the Bruins to the No. 1 spot in the country.
On Friday he played his way into the semifinals of the men's Pacific-10 singles championship at the 97th Ojai Valley Tennis Tournament with a 6-4, 2-6, 6-4 win over Stanford's Mike Bryan
Michael ("Mike") Carl Bryan (born April 29, 1978 in Camarillo, California) is an American male professional tennis player. Mike stands 6'3" tall, weighs 192 lbs and plays right-handed. . Taino is one of the favorites to win.
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Impressive stuff, to say the least. Yet Taino is hardly satisfied.
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``There are times when I feel like I'm just floating out there,'' Taino said after ousting Bryan. ``It's like I just do enough to win. One day I'd like to come out and play hard from the beginning and make it easy on myself.''
It's a riddle Taino has had difficulty solving for quite some time. Enough talent to win, just enough mental lapses to struggle.
Taino's win prevented an all-Bryan semifinal. Mike's twin brother Bob powered past USC's Pat Gottesleben 6-2, 6-1. He'll face Taino today at 11 a.m.
Stanford's Ryan Wolters plays USC's George Bastl George Bastl (born April 1, 1975 in Chicago, Illinois) is a professional tennis player from Switzerland.
He has reached one singles final in his career -- at Tashkent in 1999.
He was an All-American at the University of Southern California. in the other semifinal.
In the Pac-10 women's singles championship, Arizona's Vicky Maes will play teammate Karen Goldstein in one semifinal while Stanford's Julie Scott plays teammate Lilia Osterloh in the other.
In local play, Nick Weiss of Calabasas was beaten by Chris Chung of Sunny Hills in a boys' CIF (1) (Common Intermediate Format) A standard video format used in videoconferencing. CIF formats are defined by their resolution, and standards both above and below the original resolution have been established. The original CIF is also known as Full CIF (FCIF). singles quarterfinal match. Helena Horak of Westlake was beaten in the girls' 18-under quarterfinals by Faye De Vera of Villa Park.
Taino is growing weary of lethargic stretches of play followed by bursts of brilliance. For the most part that was the pattern against Bryan.
Taino never felt he was in the match until the third set. He won the first easily enough but slipped badly in the second and Bryan took advantage.
It took a tough stretch in the middle of the third set before Taino woke up.
``I had to play three good points and that got me going,'' Taino said. ``After that I started to play better.''
He just wonders why that doesn't happen more often.
``To be honest, I have no idea,'' Taino said. ``I just have to come out and play hard from the start, I guess.''
USC's Bastl has been on a roll lately. He's ranked 30th in the country but that should change when the new rankings are released Tuesday. Bastl split with Wolters and Taino recently and easily defeated UCLA's Kevin Kim in the quarterfinals here 6-3, 6-3.
``He's a top-10 player,'' USC An abbreviation for U.S. Code. coach Dick Leach said.
Bastl agrees, to a point.
``I feel on any given day I can beat a top-10 player, but the question is can I do it day in and day out Adv. 1. day in and day out - without respite; "he plays chess day in and day out"
all the time ?'' he said.
Bastl transferred to USC from South Florida this season. He didn't start playing for the Trojans until January, hence the low ranking.
``If you don't play in the fall it takes a long time to catch up,'' Leach said.
That's OK with Bastl. He's playing his best tennis of the year at the perfect time. He believes the ranking will take care of itself as long as he continues to do well in Ojai and during the NCAA Tournament. Today he resumes an intriguing battle with Stanford's Wolters. They split in their most recent matches.
``I was lucky enough to get the best of to gain an advantage over, whether fairly or unfairly.
See also: Best him the last time we played but I'm sure he's got revenge on his mind,'' Bastl said.