PACIFIC PALISADES, Calif. – The opening day of main draw competition at the 2016 Riviera/ITA Women’s All-American Championships at Riviera Tennis Club saw three of the top five seeds in the women’s singles draw fall, and five of the top eight doubles teams take a tumble, including the No. 1-seeded team from Kentucky, Mami Adachi and Aldila Sutjiadi.
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Florida’s Kourtney Keegan, an at-large selection for the main draw, recorded the biggest upset of the day in the singles draw in relation to seeding, taking down No. 2 Luisa Stefani of Pepperdine in straight sets, 6-3, 6-3.
“I’ve never played in the main draw (at Riviera), so I took it as an opportunity to be able to show what I could do,” said Keegan. “I had no expectations; I just went out and tried to play my best.”
Keegan and her doubles partner Brooke Austin, defending NCAA doubles champions and No. 2 seed at the Riviera/ITA Women’s Tennis Championships, won their match against Syracuse’s Gabriela Knutson and Valeria Salazar by an 8-6 margin.
“We ended on a good note, obviously, last year,” said Keegan. “Coming back into it, we want to try and get back into our groove, get back into our plays, stay aggressive and play to the best of our abilities.”
Top-seeded Hayley Carter of North Carolina managed to avoid the upset bug on Thursday, as she bested Georgia Tech’s Paige Hourigan 6-2, 7-5.
“I was hurt this summer, so it was great to come out here, play really well and start my senior year off strong,” said Carter.
Carter, who was No. 1 in the Oracle/ITA Preseason Division I Women’s National Singles Rankings, said that she’s trying to absorb all of the on- and off-court moments in this, her senior year.
“I’m going to leave every single piece of me on the court at every single tournament. It’s my last year and it’s been an amazing four years and I’m definitely emotional about it, especially (in Riviera). We have a great housing family that I’ve gotten to know, so it’s tough but it’s exciting at the same time.”
Like Keegan, Carter is also competing in doubles. She and teammate Jessie Aney defeated Alabama’s Erin Routliffe and Andie Daniell 8-6, and UCSB’s eighth-seeded duo of Palina Dubavets and Stefani Stojic 8-3 to advance to Friday’s quarterfinal round.
-UCLA freshman Ena Shibahara continues to impress. The lone player still alive from the pre-qualifying draw, Shibahara is now in the Round of 16 thanks to a 6-1, 6-2 victory against North Carolina State’s Martina Frantova.
-Pepperdine’s Mayar Sherif Ahmed, Oklahoma’s Lily Miyazaki, North Carolina’s Sara Daavvettila and Oklahoma State’s Viktoria Lushkova all earned spots in the Round of 16 after advancing through the qualifying draw.
-Vanderbilt’s Astra Sharma upset No. 4-seed Sinead Lohan of Miami in straight sets, 6-1, 7-6 (6). She’ll face Daavvettila on Friday.
-Pepperdine’s Mayar Sherif Ahmed and Christine Maddox defeated Kentucky’s top-seeded and top-ranked duo of Mami Adachi and Aldila Sutjiadi in a tiebreak 8-7 (1). They’ll take on No. 7 seed Maddie Lipp and Alex Chatt of Northwestern.
-Washington’s Nour Abbes and Miki Kobayashi took down Ohio State’s Miho Kowase and Anna Sanford 8-6. In the quarterfinals, they’ll face Pepperdine’s fifth-seeded team of Luisa Stefani and Apichaya Runglerdkriangkrai.
-Mississippi State’s Jasmine Lee and Lisa Marie Rioux, along with USC’s Gabby Smith and Zoe Katz have advanced from the qualifying draw to the main draw quarterfinals, after both teams recorded two wins on Thursday.