Sept. 29, 2012
NEW ORLEANS - Four Tulane women's tennis players are participating in the 2012 Riviera/ITA All-American Championships, the most prestigious collegiate tournament of the fall season, at the Riviera Tennis Club in Pacific Palisades, Calif.
Tulane junior Klara Vyskocilova will compete in qualifying singles, while the senior duo of Caroline Magnusson and Emma Levy played in pre-qualifying singles. Vyskocilova is the nation's 57th-ranked singles player, while Levy is No. 115.
In doubles action, Magnusson will team with classmate Caroline Thornton and begin their quest in qualifying doubles, while Levy and Vyskocilova joined forces in pre-qualifying doubles.
In pre-qualifying doubles action on Saturday, Vyskocilova and Levy upset Princeton's second-seeded duo of Lindsay Graff and Katherine Flanigan, 8-2, but dropped an 8-6 decision on Sunday against South Carolina's Dominika Kanakova and Jaklin Alawi in the second round.
In singles play on Saturday, Levy upended Simona Synkova of Wyoming, 6-4, 6-0, in the first round, but came up short to Virginia's Caryssa Peretz, 6-1, 4-6, 6-0, while Magnusson fell to Florida State's Mia Vriens, 6-1, 6-4.
Last year at this event, Tulane's doubles combination of senior Mariam Kurdadze and then junior Emma Levy scored their first upset of the season today when they upended North Carolina's sixth-seeded duo of Zoe De Bruyker and Lauren McHale, 8-4, during the opening round of qualifying doubles. The duo fell in the second round of qualifying doubles.
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. 8-11 in Flushing, N.Y.
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