Daniil Proskura Advances to Futures Quarterfinals in Singles
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- Alabama's Daniil Proskura picked up his second victory in as many days at the USA F28 Futures tournament, defeating Eric Prodon, who has ranked as high as No. 83 in the world, 6-3, 6-3, on Thursday. With the win, Proskura moves on to the quarterfinal round on Friday.
Becker O’Shaughnessey and assistant coach Ryler DeHeart were also part of the singles action on Thursday, but lost their matches, which were both against two of the tournament’s top-six seeds.
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Gator WTennis Opens Strong at USTA Collegiate Clay Court Invitational
ORLANDO, Fla. -- Gator freshmen Kourtney Keegan (Roswell, Ga.), Stefani Stojic (Melbourne, Australia) and Belinda Woolcock (Melbourne, Australia) each advanced to the round of 16 at the USTA Collegiate Clay Court Invitational that began Thursday at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex.
Keegan reached the round of 16 of the 64-player singles draw without even having to warm-up, as she received a first-round bye and her second-round opponent withdrew because of injury. The Gator rookie faces top-seeded and No. 18-ranked Plaun Burgmans from Auburn.
Stojic began her tournament with a 4-6, 7-5, 6-2 victory against Auburn's Ashley Kitchen, before earning a 7-6 (3), 6-1 win in the next round to advance. Stojic will play Florida State's second-seeded and No. 46-ranked Daneika Borthwick on Friday.
Woolcock also earned a first-round bye and then jumped out and won the first set 6-2 of her second-round match against Tulsa's Marcelina Cichon, who then retired.
The four-day event features a 64-player singles draw that includes 14 byes.
Keegan and Stojic will pair together for the first time and begin doubles action on Friday, having received one of eight first-round byes in the 32-team doubles field.
Aggies Advance at USTA Clay Court Invitational
ORLANDO, Fla. -- Texas A&M women’s tennis players went a combined 5-1 on the first day of the USTA Clay Court Invitational today at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex.
Aggies Cristina Stancu, Ines Deheza and Stefania Hristov all had first-round byes in singles and picked up victories in the second round to advance to the round of 16, which begins Friday.
Stancu, coming off a championship run at the ITA Texas Regional earlier this week, continued her winning ways, defeating Mary Haffey, representing the USTA, 6-0, 6-0. It was the seventh consecutive win for the senior from Romania. Stancu will face Alexis Nelson (UTSA) Friday at 7 a.m. (CT) at the Grand Cypress courts.
Ines Deheza held off Raveena Kingsley (UTSA), 7-6 (6), 6-4, and Hristov had a come-from-behind 2-6, 6-2, 6-2 victory over Laurence Porry of Florida State to advance to the round of 16. Deheza will face Lynn Kiro of Texas Tech, and Hristov will take on Sofia Kenin (USTA) at 7 a.m. in the round of 16.
A&M’s Paula Deheza opened singles play today with a 6-2, 6-1 victory over Courtney Griffith of Central Florida in the round of 64 before falling to No. 2 seed and 46th-ranked and Daneika Borthwick of Florida State, 6-2, 6-1, in the second round.
In doubles, the Deheza twins defeated Kenin and Mia Horvit (USTA), 8-7 (6) in the opening round of 32. They face Pleun Burgmans and Paula de Man of Auburn at 2:30 p.m. (CT) on Friday in the round of 16.
Stancu and Hristov are the No. 1 seed and begin action tomorrow after receiving a first-round bye. They face Alexis Nelson and Erica Oosterhuat (USTA) Friday at 1:30 p.m. (CT) in the round of 16.
The tournament field features players from Auburn, Central Florida Duke, Florida, host Florida State, New Mexico, Oklahoma State, Texas Tech, Tulsa and Vanderbilt, as well as top high school players representing the USTA.
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