May 28, 2010
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ATHENS, Ga. - Sophomore Nina Secerbegovic continued her winning ways on the singles courts, while Lenka Broosova and Csilla Borsanyi earned a win on the doubles courts on Friday at the NCAA Singles and Doubles Championships in Athens, Ga.
In singles, the 20th-ranked Secerbegovic continued her steady play, advancing into the quarterfinals with a three-set win over Duke's 47th-ranked Ellah Nze. Nze got off to a strong start with a 6-3 first-set win, but Secerbegovic buckled down from there. She went on to drop just one game in the last two sets, winning the second 6-0, and the third 6-1.
Secerbegovic will now face the second-seeded Jana Juricova of California on Saturday at 1:30 p.m. for a spot in the NCAA Semifinals. Juricova advanced with a 6-3, 7-6 (8) win over Northwestern's Maria Mosolova, who was seeded in the 9-16 group.
"Nina's greatest strength is that she plays pretty solid from start to finish," head coach Joey Scrivano said. "She doesn't have many ups and downs, and today that really paid off. I like the matchup for tomorrow. I like Nina's game against Juricova. She has the type of game to beat her, and can go out there and play with nothing to lose."
In the doubles action, Broosova and Borsanyi had a three-set, back-and-forth battle with the seventh-seeded pair from Clemson of Josipa Bek and Ina Hadziselimovic. In the first set, Baylor got a couple break points and cruised to a 6-3 win. The Tiger pair didn't back down in the second with a 6-4 win, but Baylor was too much in the third set. The Lady Bears got a 6-2 set win to reach the NCAA Quarterfinals for the second season in a row. Last year, the pair made it all the way to the semifinals before losing out.
The win by Broosova and Borsanyi earns each of them All-America honors for the second time and set up a high-caliber rematch against Stanford's second-seeded duo of Hilary Barte and Lindsay Burdette on Saturday at 5 p.m. The two teams met just six days ago with the doubles point on the line in a 4-2 Stanford quarterfinal win. In that match, Barte and Burdette came back from a 4-1 deficit to win a tiebreak 9-8 (7-3).
"[Lenka and Csilla] played a good match all the way around," Scrivano said. "Clemson plays great doubles, so to beat them it's a good win. Tomorrow we really have to be ready to play, make some adjustments.
Broosova wasn't as fortunate in her singles match on the day. The senior took on Miami's 40th-ranked Bianca Eichkorn, who entered the match with 27 consecutive singles wins. Eichkorn, who went 23-0 in dual-match singles play, hasn't lost a match since Jan. 17, 2010. In this match, Eichkorn took the first set 6-4, and rallied in the second set tiebreak for a 7-6 (3) win.
The loss also marks the end of Broosova's decorated singles career, where she will depart with the career records for singles wins with 154. Broosova will finish as a two-time singles All-American.
"We have to give a lot of credit to Eichkorn, she is just a great player," Scrivano said. "Lenka has had an incredible career at Baylor, she has done a great job leading this program. She has put a lot on the line for four years, and any student-athlete would be happy to have success that Lenka has had.
The quarterfinals in both the singles and doubles will continue on Saturday at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex. Live scoring and video streaming can be found on the Championship Central page at NCAA.com.