Nadine Fahoum and Reka Zsilinszka both dropped their opening round matches in the 2011 NCAA Singles Championships on Wednesday at the Taube Tennis Center in Palo Alto, Calif.STANFORD, Calif. – Duke senior’s
Fahoum was knocked out of the singles competition by Aeriel Ellis from Texas as she started the match strong by winning the first set 6-1 and taking a 5-3 lead in the second. Ellis would mount a comeback by winning the final four games in the second set to claim a 7-5 win. With the momentum shifted in Ellis’ favor, she earned a 6-3 victory in the third set to move on the second round.
In the second singles match of the day for Duke, Zsilinszka faced off with Jana Juricova, the No. 1 overall seed from California. Juricova took control from the beginning of the match and proved her No. 1 seeding. Juricova was firing on all cylinders as she took the first set 6-2 and continued her solid play in the second. Juricova didn’t allow Zsilinszka to take a single game in the second set and claimed the 6-2, 6-0, win.
The first round of the doubles tournament will start on Thursday and will feature the No. 16 tandem of Fahoum and Ellah Nze. Fahoum and Nze will take on Kaitlyn Christian and Maria Sanchez, the No. 3 overall seed from Southern California, at 5:30 p.m. (PT).
All matches are taking place at the Taube Tennis Center on the campus of Stanford University. Live scoring and video is available at http://www.gostanford.com/ot/2011-ncaa-tennis-tournamentcentral.html.