SAN DIEGO, CA. – On the first day of play from the 2022 ITA National Fall Championships, the top players in college tennis came to play, leaving it all on the line to try to advance on in the most storied individual tournament of the fall season.
Starting off with singles, all eight seeded players advanced to the Round of Sixteen on the women’s side of play, setting up for some high-profile matches in the coming days between the best-of-the-best in collegiate women’s tennis.
North Carolina places three into the Round of Sixteen as Fiona Crawley, Abigail Forbes, and Carson Tanguilig all win on the opening day to give the ACC a tournament-best five women’s singles players in the Round of Sixteen.
Barry’s Deniz Khazan, who entered as an ITA Cup Wildcard, took down Anastasiya Komar (LSU) 6-4, 6-1, as she joins fellow Sunshine State Conference players Fatima Bizhukova and Natalie Espinal as the only Non-Division I players left in the main draw.
In men’s singles, seven of the top eight seeds moved on to the Round of Sixteen with Utah’s Geronimo Busleiman being the only player to take down a seeded singles player on the day, beating Michael Zheng (Columbia) in a three-set thriller.
Across all of the Round of Sixteen players, the ACC, SEC, and PAC-12 all have three players advance after the first round of play. Stanford is the only school with two players in the final sixteen as Max Basing and Nishesh Basavareddy each won in straight sets on the opening day of play.
Doubles play saw even more electric action on the courts with two seeded teams being bounced in the opening round of play on the women’s side, including the No. 3 seeded team in Anna Brylin and Brooke Killingsworth and the ITA All-American Champions Nell Miller and Amelia Rajecki.
The cinderella story of Adel-Byanu Abidullina and Eliza Askarova (Delaware) continue their magical run this fall, picking up a opening round victory today after becoming the first team in Delaware program history to qualify for the ITA National Fall Championships.
For the men in doubles, half of the top eight seeds fell on the opening day of play, including the No. 2 seeded duo of Stefan Dostanic and Bradley Frye (USC) who fell to Andrew Fenty and Gavin Young of Michigan.
After becoming the first doubles team to capture an ITA Regional Championship last week at Baylor, Sebastian Rodriguez and Alan Magadan kept their winning ways up today, taking down Natan Rodrigues and Fabien Salle (Louisville) in three sets.
Tomorrow, play is set to begin at 10 am (PST) from the Barnes Tennis Center with singles kicking off the day once again followed by doubles later in the afternoon.
All action can be watch via the Cracked Racquets CrossCourt Cast which can be found on the Cracked Racquets YouTube page as well as the ITA National Fall Championships Tournament Page.