ATHENS, Ga. -- A busy day of tennis was played under beautiful blue skies and a hot sun as the draw held steady in singles and doubles 24 hours after seeing a day of upsets change the complexion of the tournament entirely.The draw continued to go with the seeding as No. 1 Jaime Loeb, No. 2 Robin Anderson and No. 3 Kriste Ahn rolled into Friday’s Round of 16 with relative ease.
Top-seeded Loeb put on a clinic to push past Zoë Scandalis of Southern California as she looks to avenge her defeat in the team final in the individual tournament. The top seed blew past Scandalis in straight sets 6-3, 6-2 on No. 1 court.
Anderson continued the good form she has displayed throughout her time in Athens with a 6-2, 6-3 victory against Stanford’s Caroline Doyle. Ahn also displayed her prowess as she attempts to break the duopoly of UCLA and UNC that has dominated the women’s draw in Athens this year. Ahn defeated Kyle McPhillips 6-4, 6-2 to move into the Round of 16.
Silvia Garcia of Georgia continued in the tournament with a 6-0, 6-7(6), 7-5 come-from-behind victory in which she saved multiple match points to advance. The Bulldogs other representative, Lauren Herring, was eliminated by Carol Zhao of Stanford 7-6(4), 7-5.
The doubles draw featured an upset of the top seeded team of Robin Anderson and Jennifer Brady as they were forced to withdraw due to injury after going up 3-0 on Clemson duo Beatrice Gumulya and Jessy Rompies. The No.2 Georgia team of Lauren Herring and Maho Kowase vanquished Duke’s Ester Goldfield and Alyssa Smith in straight sets 6-2, 6-4.
The action continues Friday morning at 10 a.m. with the round of 16 singles and doubles competition.