Klara Vyskocilova (left) and Ipek Birol (right) will open doubles play at the Riviera/ITA All-American Championships on Saturday.
Sept. 27, 2013
NEW ORLEANS - Tulane senior Klara Vyskocilova and sophomore Ipek Birol will represent the Green Wave at the 2013 Riviera/ITA Women's All-American Championships, beginning on Saturday, Sept. 28 at the Riviera Tennis Club in Pacific Palisades, Calif.
The national championship is set to begin on Saturday, Sept. 28 with pre-qualifying singles and doubles matches, which will once again be hosted by UCLA. Main draw action is slated for Thursday, Oct. 3-Sunday, Oct. 6 at the Riviera Tennis Club.
Vyskocilova and Birol will begin in pre-qualifying doubles on Saturday morning at 10:30 a.m. CST and will take on Memphis' Skylar Kuykendall and Liza Tymchenko in the opening round. The winner will play on Sunday at 2 p.m. CST.
Vyskocilova will begin singles play in the qualifying round, Oct. 1-2.
"We are excited to be back in action this weekend against some of the nation's best collegiate players," Tulane head coach Terri Sisk said. "Klara and Ipek are great ambassadors for our school and I look forward to their success."
Pre-qualifying features a singles draw of 64 and a doubles draw of 32. Each player or doubles pair must win three rounds in order to advance to the qualifying draw; a total of eight singles players and four doubles duos move on to qualifying from pre-qualifying play. The qualifying rounds are also comprised of a singles draw of 64 and a doubles draw of 32.
Just as with pre-qualifying, a singles player or doubles tandem must win three consecutive matches to stay alive and move into the main draw. Eight spots in the singles main draw are reserved for qualifiers, while the doubles main draw will feature four teams from qualifying.
Singles semifinalists, doubles finalists and consolation champions will receive automatic entry into the USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships Nov. 7-10 in Flushing, N.Y.