Sanders, Kiro Advance To Round Of 16 In Florida|
Lynn Kiro advanced to the Round of 16 at the USTA Collegiate Clay Court Invitational.
October 24, 2013
KISSIMMEE, Fla. – Texas Tech’s Nikki Sanders and Lynn Kiro advanced to the Round of 16 in singles action on Thursday at the USTA Collegiate Clay Court Invitational held at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex.
The event, which combines collegiate players with some of the nation’s top junior players, will award the champion wild card entrance into a future USTA Pro Circuit event.
Sanders and Kiro, who are both seeded in the event, received first round byes. In the Round of 32, Kiro, seeded ninth, topped Tulsa’s Renata Kuricova, 7-5, 6-4, while seventh-seeded Sanders outlasted Vanderbilt’s Marie Casares, 1-6, 6-3, 6-3.
Freshmen Samantha Czarniak Rego and Beatriz Machado Santos were not as luck, as both lost to USTA juniors in the Round of 64. Czarniak Rego fell to Jess Aney, who is eighth ranked junior in the United States, 6-2, 6-4, while Machado Santos lost to the nation’s No. 4 junior Peggy Porter, 6-0, 6-1.
In doubles, USTA juniors Alexis Nelson and Erica Oosterhuat defeated Czarniak Rego and Machado Santos, 8-4 in the Round of 32. Sanders and Kiro were seeded fifth and received a bye into the Round of 16.
The Lady Raiders will return to action on Friday at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex.
2013 USTA Collegiate Clay Court Invitational