W. Tennis Duo to Play in Doubles Finals Today
CARY, N.C. – Day two of the Duke Fab Four gets underway on Saturday with doubles beginning at 9 a.m. and singles at 11:30 a.m.
No. 27 in the doubles rankings, Monique Albuquerque and Clementina Riobueno start their morning off in the white doubles finals against William & Mary’s Maria Belaya and Jeltje Loomans. Belaya and Loomans beat Oklahoma State’s Kanyapat Narattana and Carla Tur Mari in the opening round and Texas A&M’s Rutuja Bhosale and Ines Deheza by a score of 8-7 in the semifinals.
In the consolation third place doubles match of the blue bracket, 52nd-ranked doubles team Kelsey Laurente and Stephanie Wagner will play also play against a doubles pair from William & Mary, Leeza Nemchinov and Nabila Farah.
No. 52 Wagner, who cruised through her round of 16 match yesterday, will begin today’s singles quarterfinals againat Belaya of William & Mary. Belaya, ranked No. 99 in the country, handled Furman’s Katherine Oudin fairly easily yesterday to advance in the winner’s bracket.
Laurente, ranked No. 54, opens up play today against Ratnika Batra of Texas. Yesterday, Batra edged out Oklahoma State’s Megan McCray in a close three-set match to advance to today’s match against Laurente.
Leading off the consolation singles quarterfinals, No. 69 Riobueno will play No. 108 Anna Mamalat of Texas A&M. Mamalot was narrowly beaten by Florida’s Belinda Woolcock in a three-set match in the round of 16.
After being matched up against All-American Breaunna Addison in the round of 16, Albuquerque will look to rebound against Furman’s Blair Martin. Martin was beaten by William & Mary’s Nemchinov yesterday in a long three-set match (5-7, 7-6, 6-3).
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