DURHAM – Women’s tennis Duke finished the first day of two local events, finishing the first rounds of the Fall Ranked Spotlight in Cary, NC, and the Kitty Harrison Invitational in Chapel Hill, NC on Friday.
Fall classified spotlight
Three blue devils – senior Margaryta Bilokin, junior Chloe beck and first year student Emma Jackson – were in action on day one at Cary Tennis Park. The action started off with doubles, with Beck and Jackson teaming up for the first time. The duo faced a tough test in the first round, falling 6-2 to Evgeniya Levashova and Valeriya Zeleva of Central Florida, but rebounded with a 6-4 victory over Ayana Akli and Sarah Hamner of South Carolina.
In singles, Beck earned the first victory of the day to advance to the main draw, defeating Grace Piper of USC in a convincing 6-2, 6-4 victory. Beck’s run ended in the main draw, as she lost to North Carolina number 32 Cameron Morra, 6-3, 7-5.
Jackson, a freshman from La Grange Park, I’ll., Lost her first-round game but rebounded for her second straight tournament with a ranked victory, beating the 49th NC State’s Sophie Abrams, 6-4, 6-0. Jackson started his Duke singles career 4-1, with two wins over the top 50 opponents.
Round of 32
No. 20 Valeriya Zeleva (UCF) defeated. Margaryta Bilokin (Duke) – 6-4, 6-3
No. 18 Salma Ewing (USC) defeated. Emma Jackson (Duke) – 6-3, 6-3
No. 28 Chloe beck (Duke) def. Grace Piper (USC) – 6-2, 6-4
round of 16
No.32 Cameron Morra (North Carolina) beats. No. 28 Chloe beck (Duke) – 6-3, 7-5
No. 48 Abigail Rencheli (NC State) defeated. Margaryta Bilokin (Duke) – 6-0, 4-6, 6-3
Emma Jackson (Duke) def. No. 49 Sophie Abrams (NC State) – 6-4, 6-0
Evgeniya Levashova / Valeriya Zeleva (UCF) defeated. Chloe beck/Emma Jackson (Duke) – 6-2
Chloe beck/Emma Jackson (Duke) def. Ayana Akli / Sarah Hamner (South Carolina) – 6-4
Kitty Harrison Invitation
Graduate student Eliza omirou, Senior Kelly chen, second year Karolina Berankova and first year student Ellie Coleman it all took day one of play at the Kitty Harrison Invitational, hosted by North Carolina. The first round in singles and doubles was a huge success for the Blue Devils, starting with Coleman and Omirou’s 6-1 doubles victory over Old Dominion’s Sofia Johnson and Alexandra Viktorovich.
The two went on to win in singles, with Chen joining them to advance to their respective quarterfinals. Chen was perfect in singles that day, winning her opener 6-1, 6-3 over Saby Nihalani of Wake Forest and followed up with another victory over Sydney Berlin, Fla., 6-2, 6-4. Chen held a ranked semi-final clash on Saturday, as she qualifies to face 82nd Elizabeth Scotty of North Carolina.
round of 16
Flight 1: Eliza omirou (Duke) def. Sara Ziodato (Virginia) – 6-4, 6-7 (1), 1-0 (10-6)
Volume 2: No. 88 Reilly Tran (North Carolina) defeated. Karolina Berankova (Duke) – 6-3, 6-4
Vol 3: n Â° 25 Kelly chen (Duke) def. Saby Nihalani (Wake Forest) – 6-1, 6-3
Flight 4: Ellie Coleman (Duke) def. Adeline Flach (Auburn) – 6-2, 6-2
Flight 1: No. 76 Marina Alcaide (Old Dominion) def. Eliza omirou (Duke) – 5-7, 6-0, 1-0 (10-4)
Vol 3: n Â° 25 Kelly chen (Duke) def. Sydney Berlin (Florida) – 6-2, 6-4
Flight 4: No.76 Anika Yarlagadda (North Carolina) beats. Ellie Coleman (Duke) – 7-5, 3-5, 1-0 (10-5)
Volume 2: No. 101 Maria Susharina (North West) def. Karolina Berankova (Duke) – 6-4, 3-3 (ret.)
round of 16
Ellie Coleman/Eliza omirou (Duke) def. Sofia Johnson / Alexandra Viktorovich (Former Dominion) – 6-1
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