PACIFIC PALISADES, Calif. – The Riviera/ITA Women’s All-American Championships began today with the top four seeds all claiming opening-round victories. The 2008 women’s All-American championship provided a much different start than last year’s tournament which saw the top two seeds both lose in the first round for the first time in tournament history. This event is the first of three national championship events played during the 2008-09 collegiate tennis season.
In singles play, top-seeded Aurelija Miseviciute of Arkansas defeated 2007 finalist Melanie Gloria of Fresno State in a thrilling three-set match, 4-6, 7-6(5), 6-4. No. 2 seed Ana Mijacika of Clemson and No. 3 seed Amanda McDowell of Georgia Tech each won in 6-3, 6-1 straight sets, defeating Miami’s Julia Cohen and Stanford’s Jessica Nguyen, respectively. Hillary Barte of Stanford, the tournament’s No. 4 seed dropped the first set 5-7 but came back to win the next two sets 6-4, 6-2 beating Duke’s Reka Zsilinszka.
Among the top eight seeds, six picked up wins and will advance to Friday’s second round. Also advancing is the No. 6 seed Maria Mosolova of Northwestern who won in straight sets over Duke’s Ellah Nze and seventh-seeded Marina Cossou of California who posted a three-set victory over LSU’s Megan Falcon, 6-3, 2-6, 6-4.
The two major upsets on the day came at the hands of two qualifiers in Laura Gioia ofFurman and Chelsea Gullickson of Georgia. Fifth-seeded Amanda Fink of USC was the highest seed to fall as Gioia defeated her 7-5, 6-4 while Gullickson took down Baylor’s Lenka Broosova, the No. 8 seed, 6-1, 6-4.
All four of the top seeds advanced to Friday's quarterfinals in doubles. The top-seededFresno State of Gloria and Tinesta Rowe topped Broosova and Csilla Borsanyi of Baylor, 8-6 in their opening round match.
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