Solid First Day At USTA/ITA Regional Championships

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Athens, GA - The Florida State women’s tennis team got off to a good start at the 2010 USTA/ITA Southeast Regional Tennis Championships on Friday in Athens.

“We had a pretty solid first day today” said head coach Jennifer Hyde. “We came across some very good competition today across the board, which is what we expected, and we played some very good tennis today.”

In singles, 14 of the top 15 seeds advanced into the second round, nine of which won to advance into the round of 16. Senior Katie Rybakova defeated Florida Gulf Coast’s Iris Rendon 6-3, 6-1 in the first round of singles and then Florida’s Brittany Borsanyi 6-4, 6-0 in the second round.

“Katie is on a bit of a roll now and each match she plays she gains more and more confidence. She is on a mission this weekend, but for now we will stay focused on things one match at a time.”

Sophomore Francesca Segarelli fell in a hard fought match against University of Florida’s Sofie Oyen 6-4, 3-6, 7-6 (5).

“Fran lost a heart breaking 7-6 in the third set match today but played some very solid tennis and fought like a champ out there. The match was a matter of winning or losing points at a few critical times. She certainly hates to lose that match, but she is starting to get her game back to form.”

In doubles, six of the top eight seeds advanced into the second round. FSU’s tandem of Francesca Segarelli and Federica Suess defeated Georgia Tech’s Lynn Blau and Christine Ngo 8-5 to advance to the second round.

Singles competition will begin tomorrow at 2 p.m. Consolation singles competition will begin at 12 p.m. In doubles, second-round competition will begin at 9 a.m., with the third round immediately following.

Check back on for daily results.

2010 USTA/ITA Southeast Regional Championships

Athens, Ga.

Doubles Results: 1st Round

Suess/Segarelli (FSU) def. Blau/Ngo (GT) 8-5

Singles Results: 1st Round

Katie Rybakova (FSU) def. Iris Rendon (FGCU) 6-3, 6-1

Sofie Oyen (UF) def. Francesca Segarelli (FSU) 6-4, 3-6, 7-6(5)

Joanna Mather (UF) def. Manon Veldman (FSU) 6-0, 6-1

Bianca Eichkorn (UM) def. Federica Suess (FSU) 6-0, 6-1

Single Results: 2nd Round

Katie Rybakova (FSU) def. Brittany Borsanyi (UF) 6-4, 6-0

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