WOMEN’S TENNIS: Clay Court Invitational Update

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WOMEN’S TENNIS: Clay Court Invitational Update

Georgia’s Laura Patterson in the USTA/ITA Southeast Regional Championships at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex in Athens, Ga., on Friday, Oct. 23, 2015. (Photo by Steven Colquitt)
[su_spacer size=”20″] The Georgia women’s tennis team fought through adversity in Day One of the Clay Court Invitational, going 3-3 as a group in singles and 1-1 in doubles.
[su_spacer size=”40″] “This is another week for us with tough competition,” said Associate Head Coach Drake Bernstein. “We’re looking forward to more battles tomorrow.”
[su_spacer size=”40″] Laura Patterson had a successful day on the court, going 1-0 in both singles and doubles play in the contest. Her doubles victory alongside Caroline Brinson was one of the highlights of the day according to Bernstein.
[su_spacer size=”40″] “I thought Laura and Caroline played one of the most complete doubles matches of the year today,” Bernstein said about the pair’s 8-2 win. “Start to finish their energy was high and their level of play followed.”
[su_spacer size=”40″] Hannah King was forced to withdraw due to injury in the second set of her singles match after taking the first set 6-3, and the injury also caused the doubles pair of King-Silvia Garcia to withdraw from its match.
[su_spacer size=”40″] Aside from Patterson, Georgia still has two players alive in the singles competition: 29th-ranked Ellen Perez and 58th-ranked Silvia Garcia. Perez moved on after an injury to her opponent while Garcia had a hard-fought 6-4, 6-4 win.
[su_spacer size=”40″] Day two action begins Friday morning at Disney’s Wide World of Sports.
[su_spacer size=”40″] RESULTS
[su_spacer size=”10″] Singles (Gold Bracket)

Sofia Baptista (UCF) def. #88 Mariana Gould 6-4, 6-4
#58 Silvia Garcia def. Jazmin Britos (LTU) 6-4, 6-4
#29 Ellen Perez def. Nikol Hristova (ODU) WD (Inj.)
Martina Frantova (NCSU) def. #37 Kennedy Shaffer 6-5, 6-4
Alexandria Stiteler (USA) def. #55 Hannah King 3-6, 3-0 Ret. (Inj.)

Singles (White Bracket)
Laura Patterson def. Tereza Melicharkova (Troy) 6-1, 6-2

Doubles (Gold Bracket)
Brinson/Patterson def. Moldovan/Nalborska (NCSU) 8-2
Baptista/Eberhart (UCF) def. Garcia/King WD (Inj.)
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