PACIFIC PALISADES, Calif. – Three members of the Duke Women’s Tennis team won their first matches of singles qualifying at the Riviera ITA All-American Championships, but all three saw their runs end in the second round on Tuesday.
Sophomore Meible Chi, the number one seed in the qualifying draw, opened the tournament with a win over Syracuse’s 59th-ranked Miranda Ramirez 6-1, 6-4. Chi was joined in the second round of qualifying by 54th-ranked Samantha Harris, who beat Oregon’s 78th-ranked Shweta Sangwen 6-4, 3-6, 6-3, and by 57th-ranked Kaitlyn McCarthy who dropped SMU’s 77th-ranked Liza Buss 6-1, 6-1. However, all three ended their runs in the second round. Chi fell to Georgia’s Katarina Jokic 6-4, 6-2, while Harris lost to Kentucky’s 53rd-ranked Akvile Parazinskaite 1-6, 7-5, 6-1 and McCarthy was beaten by Kansas’s 35th-ranked Anastasia Rychagova 6-4, 4-6, 7-5.
Duke will still have at least two more matches on Wednesday. Freshman Kelly Chen lost in the first round of qualifying to Syracuse’s 59th Miranda Ramirez 6-1, 6-4, but she bounced back with a 6-3, 6-1 win over Utah’s Margo Pletcher in the singles consolation draw. Chen will next match up with San Jose State’s 50th-ranked Sybille Gauvain at 4:30 p.m. Chen will also play with Harris in the second round of qualifying after the pair beat Auburn’s tandem of Jaeda Daniel and Madeline Meredith 8-4. Duke’s pair will meet Georgia’s duo of Katarina Jokic and Mariana Gould tomorrow at 1 p.m. with two more wins gaining them entry to the doubles main draw.
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, 7-5
Qualifying Back Draw First Round
Kelly Chen (Duke) def. Margo Pletcher (Utah) 6-3, 6-1