UW's Klaic Suffers First-Round Singles Setback

May 21, 2002

STANFORD, Calif. - Washington junior Darija Klaic was eliminated Tuesday in the first round of the NCAA Women's Tennis Singles Championships by North Carolina's 34th-ranked Julie Rotondi at Stanford's Taube Tennis Center.

Rotondi posted a straight-set victory over 54th-ranked Klaic who was the only Husky participating in the women's singles competition. She won the first set 6-3 before rallying from 3-1 down to claim the final set by a 7-5 count.

Klaic's first ever appearance in the NCAA singles tournament was delayed one day after Monday's competition was postponed due to rain showers. The weather was overcast but dry Tuesday, enabling the 32 first-round singles matches to resume.

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

Klaic teams with UW sophomore Claire Carter to form the nation's 23rd-ranked doubles duo. They meet No. 30 Ziva Grasic and Vladka Uhlirova of Texas at noon.

The victorious team immediately moves into a round of 16 match-up at 2:30 p.m. against the winner between No. 3 Lindsay Dawaf and Jessica Lehnhoff of Florida and No. 37 Carolina 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.

NCAA Women's Tennis - Singles Championships
Taube Tennis Center; Stanford, Calif.
Tuesday, May 21, 2002

First Round Result
#34 Julie Rotondi (North Carolina) def. #54 Darija Klaic (Washington), 6-3, 7-5

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