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Batra Advances in Pre-Qualifying Draw at ITA All-American Championships

Freshman Ratnika Batra scores a pair of wins and stands one win away from the qualifying singles draw.

Freshman Ratnika Batra scores a pair of wins and stands one win away from the qualifying singles draw.

LOS ANGELES – University of Texas freshman Ratnika Batra scored a pair of singles victories and pulled within one win of the qualifying singles draw Saturday at the ITA All-American Championships, one of three national championship events on the college tennis calendar.

Batra opened play Saturday with a 6-2, 6-4 win over Erin Stephens of Ole Miss.  The New Delhi, India native followed with a dominant 6-2, 6-1 win over USC’s Kaitlyn Christian.  Batra will take on Texas Tech’s Nikki Sanders in Sunday’s pre-qualifying round of 16.

ITA All-American Championships

Pre-Qualifying Singles Round of 64

Marie Faure (Virginia) def. Elizabeth Begley (UT) – 6-2, 3-6, 6-1

Ratnika Batra (UT) def. Erin Stephens (Ole Miss) – 6-2, 6-4

Pre-Qualifying Singles Round of 32

Ratnika Batra (UT) def. Kaitlyn Christian (USC) – 6-2, 6-1

Pre-Qualifying Doubles Round of 32

Jessy Rompies/Romy Koelzer (Clemson) def. Ratnika Batra/Elizabeth Begley (UT)  8-5

 

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