Rain Postpones First Day of NCAA Women's Singles Competition

May 20, 2002

STANFORD, Calif. - The opening day of the 2002 NCAA Women's Tennis Singles Championships was halted by rain on Monday after only 42 minutes of competition at Stanford's Taube Tennis Center.

Nine of the 32 first round singles matches began at 10 a.m. Pacific Time, but were halted by rain at 10:42 a.m. The competition was halted for the day at 1:56 p.m. after a 3-hour, 14-minute rain delay.

The nine singles matches that were suspended will begin on Tuesday at 9 a.m. Pacific Time. The entire first and second rounds are scheduled to be completed on Tuesday.

The NCAA Doubles Championships, which were scheduled to begin on Tuesday, will now start on Wednesday.

The weather postponed the start of competition for Washington junior Darija Klaic who will compete in both the NCAA singles and doubles events that run through Saturday.

Klaic, who is ranked 54th nationally, opens the tournament Tuesday against No. 34 Julie Rotondi of North Carolina. The winner has a second-round encounter Tuesday with the winner between No. 13 Erin Burdette of Stanford and No 29 Alison Ojeda of Tennessee.

A native of Zupanja, Croatia, Klaic compiled a 13-12 singles record despite being hampered by a season-long wrist injury.

This is the first time Klaic has earned a berth in the 64-player NCAA singles field. She was originally the second alternate for the singles competition, but two bracketed players dropped out.

Klaic also competes in the 32-team NCAA doubles field along with sophomore teammate Claire Carter. The Huskies' top doubles duo is ranked No. 23 on the strength of a 19-13 doubles record.

Carter and Klaic meet 30th-ranked Ziva Grasic and Vladka Uhlirova of Texas on Wednesday. The winning tandem moves into a round of 16 match-up with the victor between No. 3 Lindsay Dawaf and Jessica Lehnhoff of Florida and No. 37 Carokina Maurer and Katia Illarionova of Auburn.

Both Klaic and Carter competed with other partners in the 2001 NCAA doubles championships and both UW pairs were eliminated in the first round.

For up-to-date information about the NCAA Tennis Championships, check out: ncaachampionships.com or gostanford.com

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