Moraes advances to backdraw semifinals at ITA Regional
Junior collected three victories on SundayOctober 20, 2013 · @MTAthletics
MEMPHIS - Junior Nayara Moraes picked up three victories on Sunday to advance to the semifinals of the backdraw singles action at the USTA/ITA Ohio Valley Regional.
Moraes used a 6-3, 3-6, 6-2 win over Tennessee's Tiffany Tavares to advance to the second round of the backdraw singles. Moraes then automatically earned a berth to the semifinals thanks to withdrawals from Lipscomb's Deahna Welcher and Evansville's Marketa Trousilova.
Junior Tiffany William fell in the second round of the main draw singles with a 7(5)-6, 6-3 loss to Memphis' Skylar Kuykendall.
In other backdraw action, Flavia Nagayama had a three-set thriller with Eastern Kentucky's Amandine Faouzi. She fell 4-6, 6-2, 3-6 to Faouzi. EKU's Kristina Labeja won 6-1, 6-2 over MT's Jesse Grace .
Meanwhile, Cassie Pough of Louisville picked up a 6-4, 6-2 victory over sophomore Irina Constantinide. Moraes will face Pough in the backdraw semifinals on Monday morning.
In doubles action, William/Grace knocked off Tennessee's Ambika Pande/Victoria Olivarez 6-5 (3). The Blue Raiders finished a perfect 4-0 against competition from the Lady Vols. William/Grace narrowly lost a 6-5 (7) decision to ETSU's Lyn Yee Choo and Anna Gerbasi.
Results of Monday's backdraw singles action will be available online at GoBlueRaiders.com.
R2 Skylar Kuykendall (Memphis) def. Tiffany William (Middle Tennessee) 7-6 (5-0), 6-3
BD1 Nayara Moraes (Middle Tennessee) def. Tiffany Tavares (Tennessee) 6-3, 3-6, 6-2
BD1 Cassie Pough (Louisville) def. Irina Constantinide (Middle Tennessee) 6-4, 6-2
BD1 Amandine Faouzi (Eastern Kentucky) def. Flavia Nagayama (Middle Tennessee) 6-4, 2-6, 6-3
BD1 Kristina Labeja (Eastern Kentucky) def. Jesse Grace (Middle Tennessee) 6-1, 6-2
BD2 Nayara Moraes (Middle Tennessee) def. Deahna Welcher (Lipscomb), by default
BDQ Nayara Moraes (Middle Tennessee) def. Marketa Trousilova (Evansville), by default
B2 Tiffany William/Jesse Grace (Middle Tennessee) def. Ambika Pande/Victoria Olivarez (Tennessee) 6-5 (3-0)
BSF Lyn Yee Choo/Anna Gerbasi (East Tennessee State) def. Tiffany William/Jesse Grace (Middle Tennessee) 6-5 (7-0)
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