Pacific Palisades, CA - Thursday did not start out well for Georgia junior Nadja Gilchrist, but by the afternoon, her day had improved after receiving a spot in the singles main draw of the ITA All-American Championships.
Gilchrist and freshman Lilly Kimbell were set to face the 37th-ranked Yale duo of Vicky Brook and Lindsay Clark in the first round of the 24-team doubles main draw. They already had beaten them once earlier this year, but then Thursday’s draw was changed. Instead, the Bulldogs squared off against the Duke team of Ella Nze and Nadine Fahoum. The 19th-ranked Duke duo registered an 8-5 win over the Bulldogs.
Gilchrist turned her attention to singles where she needed one more win in qualifying to advance to the main draw. However, she faced another Blue Devil in Reka Zsilinska. The 25th-ranked Duke senior defeated the 31st-ranked Gilchrist 6-2,6-2.
Each year, one player in the final round of the qualifying draw receives a wild card to the main draw as a “Lucky Loser,” and Gilchrist was the recipient. She is slated to play her first round main draw match late Thursday. This grand slam event features the first national singles and doubles titles of the 2010-11 collegiate season.