INDIAN WELLS, Calif. – You probably won’t have heard of Megan Moulton-Levy although, if you followed Open Court in its first incarnation, we have followed her career some.
In a different world – if women’s doubles were on the radar at all and if Moulton-Levy were a little better, a little more consistent – she’d be a star.
The American collegian and Canadian Sharon Fichman teamed up together for the first time at Indian Wells, and got into the main draw at the last minute as alternates.
It was one of those rare occasions when the vertically-challenged Fichman was actually quite a bit taller than her opponent or partner. 🙂
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Fichman, who’s not as fully invested in that concept, nevertheless is a fine doubles player with terrific net instincts and the shots she needs to execute them.
They were awfully fun to watch, even in defeat against the far more experienced pair of Abigail Spears and Raquel Kops-Jones (who reached the semis of Miami this week).
“I don’t know Megan that well, we’ve always been friendly, she’s a very nice girl,” Fichman said afterwards. “It was very traditional, and some would even say men’s-tennis type doubles. It was different, definitely not something I see every day when I’m playing doubles. Very high level. Raqual and Abby have a go-big-or-go-home game style and when they’re on, they’re tough.
“We came up with some good shots, good responses, but they had more answers than we did.”
Moulton-Levy and Fichman are both on the Boston Lobsters roster for this summer’s World Team Tennis, after the franchise selected Fichman with their first pick, third overall, in the WTT draft. So the people in Beantown will get a chance to see these two in action. And there’s no doubt they’ll embrace them.