PACIFIC PALISADES, Calif. – The Duke women’s tennis team went a perfect 4-0 in the Riviera ITA All-American Championships on Thursday. Both Blue Devils teams won a pair of matches to move into the doubles quarterfinals.
Kaitlyn McCarthy and Ellyse Hamlin earned a spot in the main draw after winning the International Tennis Association’s (ITA) Summer Championship and so Thursday’s match was their first of the tournament. They did not show any rust as they beat Northwestern’s tandem of Erin Larner and Lee Or 8-6. The pair then knocked off the ITA’s ninth-ranked duo, Leolia Jeanjean and Giulia Pairone from Arkansas, 8-5 to advance to the quarterfinals. It was not the first Duke upset of the day though, as senior Samantha Harris and freshman Kelly Chen dropped Oklahoma State’s 15th-ranked pairing of Vladica Babic and Sofia Blanco in a narrow tiebreaker 8-7 (6). Harris and Chen followed it up with another upset, this time advancing past South Carolina’s seventh-ranked team of Hadley Berg and Paige Cline 8-4.
McCarthy and Hamlin will match up with a conference rival in NC State’s Anna Rogers and Claudia Wiktorin while Harris and Chen will meet Northwestern’s fifth-ranked pair Maddie Lipp and Alex Chatt. Both matches will get underway at noon.
Pre-Qualifying Third Round
Kelly Chen (Duke) def. Sabrina Federici (Texas Tech) 6-1, 6-2
Qualifying First Round
#20 Meible Chi (Duke) def. #59 Miranda Ramirez (Syracuse) 6-1, 6-4
#38 Gabriela Knutson (Syracuse) def. Kelly Chen (Duke) 6-4, 6-4
#54 Samantha Harris (Duke) def. #78 Shweta Sangwen (Oregon) 6-4, 3-6, 6-3
#57 Kaitlyn McCarthy (Duke) def. #77 Liza Buss (SMU) 6-1, 6-1
Qualifying Second Round
Katarina Jokic (Georgia) def. #20 Meible Chi (Duke) 6-4, 6-2
#53 Akvile Parazinskaite (Kentucky) def. #54 Samantha Harris (Duke) 1-6, 7-5, 6-1
#35 Anastasia Rychagova (Kansas) def. #57 Kaitlyn McCarthy (Duke) 6-4, 4-6, 5-7
Qualifying Consolation Round of 32
Kelly Chen (Duke) def. Margo Pletcher (Utah) 6-3, 6-1
Qualifying Consolation Round of 16
Kelly Chen (Duke) def. No. 50 Sybille Gauvain (San Jose State) 6-1, 6-2
Doubles Results Round of 32
#25 Kaitlyn McCarthy/Ellyse Hamlin (Duke) def. Erin Larner/Lee Or (Northwestern) 8-6
#60 Samantha Harris/Kelly Chen (Duke) def. #15 Vladica Babic/Sofia Blanco (Oklahoma State) 8-7 (6)