Alabama’s Daniil Proskura Edged in Final Match at All-American Championships
TULSA, Okla. -- Alabama’s Daniil Proskura was edged out in his final match at the Saint Francis Health System ITA All-American Championships on Sunday, falling 6-4, 7-5 to UCLA’s Clay Thompson in the consolation finals. Throughout the course of the week, Proskura won seven singles matches in six days in both the qualifying and main draws.
Next up, the Crimson Tide will host the USTA/ITA Southern Regional Championships, which will run Oct. 10-14 at The University of Alabama Tennis Stadium.
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Kentucky Concludes Play at Wildcat Invitational
EVANSTON, Ill. -- The University of Kentucky women’s tennis team brings home a championship at the conclusion of the Wildcat Invitational hosted by Northwestern University.
Junior Stephanie Fox and senior CeCe Witten defeated Jarret Fisher and Zaina Sufi from DePaul. The UK duo had little struggle beating Sufi and Fisher, 6-2, in the Brown Flight championship.
Fox fell to Northwestern’s Rebeca Mitrea in the tournament's Green Flight. In a close first set, Mitrea pulled through with the win, 6-5. In the second set, Fox fought her way back to beat Mitrea, 6-4. Mitrea topped Fox in the final set, 6-4, to win the match.
Sophomore Kirsten Lewis put up a good fight against Northwestern’s Manon Peri in the finals of the Black Flight. Peri dominated the first set beating Lewis, 6-2. Lewis came back in the second set to send the match into a tiebreak. Lewis ultimately fell to Peri, 6-2.
The Wildcats will be back in action Monday, Oct. 14, in South Carolina at the Rock Hill Rocks Open.
Burgmans falls at ITA/All-American; Muller wins flight at Razorback Classic
LOS ANGELES, Calif. -- Looking to continue her good play through another day at the Riviera ITA/All-American Championships, Auburn sophomore women’s tennis player, Pleun Burgmans fell in the second round of main draw singles at the prestigious tournament, losing 7-5, 6-4 to UCLA’s Kyle McPhillips. With the dropped match, Auburn’s final active player in the tournament was ousted, thus ending the Tigers presence in all fields.
With Burgmans loss included, Auburn finished the tournament with a 2-5 overall record with both wins coming in singles, one from Burgmans in the first round of the main draw singles and one from sophomore Michala Kucharova in the prequalifying singles draw.
As for the remaining Tigers on the roster, four played in the Razorback Classic over the weekend in Fayetteville, Ark. Auburn claimed victory in six total matches at the classic with freshman Reka Muller winning her singles flight. Muller, in her first collegiate action of the year, scored victories over three-straight days of play, including a championship win over Arkansas’ Shannon Hudson, 7-6 (5), 6-2.
As for her teammates in the field, they ran into some trouble in their first round matchups. Sophomore Paula de Man, fell in her first round match to Memphis’ Carolina Wegner, 6-4, 6-1. Heading to the back draw, de Man, again, fell behind early, dropping her second day match in straight sets, 6-0, 6-3 to Tulsa’s Renata Kuricova. De Man did right the ship on the classic’s final day, defeating Saana Saarteinen of Tulsa in three tough sets, 4-6, 7-6 (3), 6-1, for her first win of the year and first as an Auburn Tigers.
Looking to get her collegiate career off on the right track, freshman Lindsey Whitehead dropped her first round match of the French Open flight to Nataly Krutova of Northwestern State, 6-0, 6-1. Luckily, the St. Louis native bounced right back on the second day to defeat Kristen Mee of Arkansas, 6-4, 6-1, for her first collegiate win. Whitehead couldn’t make it two in a row as she dropped her final match of the weekend to Tulsa’s Carol Benito, 6-2, 6-2 to finish the tournament 1-2 in singles play.
The Auburn women’s tennis team will be back on the courts next weekend as it will play in the Miami Fall Invite in Miami, Fla., for its next fall tournament. The tournament will run Friday, Oct. 11 through Sunday, Oct. 13.
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Arkansas Concludes Final Day At Razorback Classic
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. -- The University of Arkansas women's tennis team wrapped up the final day of its own Razorback Classic at the George M. Billingsley Tennis Center, as the Razorbacks earned a pair of doubles wins and Flavia Araujo scored victories in both doubles and singles play on Sunday.
Araujo teamed up with Carol Benito of Tulsa and began the day with consolation doubles play, as the pair worked together and defeated Nataly Krutova and Daniela Simonova of Northwestern State, 8-7 (5).
Shannon Hudson and Brittany Huxley also teamed up in consolation doubles play and defeated Auburn's Ashley Kitchen and Lindsey Whitehead, 8-2.
"We definitely finished strong in doubles today," head coach Michael Hegarty said. "It was an excellent tournament overall and we continue to develop good habits during these critical fall events."
Araujo also earned herself a singles victory later in the day during consolation play, as the Sao Paulo, Brazil, native defeated Auburn's Ashley Kitchen, 6-2, 6-2.
Hudson also competed in the final of the U.S. Open Flight, as the freshman hung tough with Reka Muller of Auburn in a tight and competitive first set, but was bested in a tiebreaker and ultimately fell, 7-6 (5), 6-2. It marked just the first loss of the fall season for Hudson, who had won five straight singles matches entering the day.
The Razorbacks enjoy a break in scheduling with the next event being the ITA Central Regional championships in Norman, Okla., Oct. 18-21.
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UF’s Brianna Morgan Falls in Consolation Final at Riviera/ITA All-American Championships
PACIFIC PALISADES, Calif. -- The University of Florida’s Brianna Morgan (Beverly Hills, Calif.) dropped a 6-4, 6-2 decision to Virginia’s No. 9-ranked Julia Elbaba in the final of the singles consolation draw at the Riviera/ITA All-American Championships held at the Riviera Tennis Center on Sunday
The Gator sophomore, ranked No. 64 in the country, enjoyed a great six-day run on the courts, where she won three matches in the qualifying draw to earn a spot in the main draw, where she played five more higher-ranked opponents, including three in the top-10.
Morgan’s Run vs. Ranked Foes:
Prior to playing in the qualifying draw of this year’s Riviera/ITA All-American Championships, the
· highest-ranked opponent defeated: No. 81 Francesca Segarelli (Florida State), 6-0, 6-1, in ITA Southeast Regional Round of 32 (Oct. 19, 2012)
· highest-ranked opponent played: No. 53 Lauren Herring (Georgia), lost 6-1, 3-6, 7-5, ITA Southeast Regional Round of 16 (Oct. 20, 2012)
During Morgan’s three-match qualifying run, she defeated players ranked No. 22, 51 and 57. She lost to the No. 2-ranked player in the opening round of the main draw, but rebounded with victories against No. 32 in the first round of consolation action and then downed Stanford’s No. 8-ranked Krista Hardebeck, 6-1, 7-5, in the quarterfinals and TCU’s No. No. 30 Stefanie Tan in the semifinals.
Next on the Schedule:
· What: The Gators play host to the Bedford Cup, Oct. 10-13, the team’s lone home competition of the fall.
· Who: Athletes from 10 of 11 different Division I schools are registered to compete in the individual singles and doubles tournament
· Schools Competing: Bethune-Cookman, Florida, Florida Atlantic, Florida A&M, Florida Gulf Coast, Florida State, North Florida, Stetson, UCF, USF
· Gators Competing: Olivia Janowicz, Kourtney Keegan, Stefanie Stojic, Belinda Woolcock
· Format: 2 flights of singles and doubles, to be released Wednesday; there will be consolation action
THE SKINNY ON THE RIVIERA:
The Riviera Tennis Club in Pacific Palisades, Calif., serves as the host site for the Riviera/ITA Women's All-American Championships. The national championship, considered the first leg of the collegiate grand slam, began on Saturday, Sept. 28 with pre-qualifying singles and doubles matches, which was hosted by UCLA. Qualifying competition was Oct. 1-2 and main draw action is Oct. 3-Sunday, Oct. 6 at the Riviera Tennis Club.