Amber Liu Advances To Finals Of Kickoff Classic

Jan. 18, 2003

Las Vegas, Nev. - Stanford freshman Amber Liu (La Mesa, CA) defeated North Carolina's Kate Pinchbeck and Agata Cioroch of Georgia to advance to the singles championship match of the 2003 Collegiate Tennis Kickoff Classic at the Fertitta Tennis Complex in Las Vegas. Liu will face Tennessee's Vilmarie Castellvi on Sunday in the final match.

Liu handed Pinchbeck a 6-2, 6-3 loss in the quarterfinals and dropped Cioroch 7-5, 6-0 in the semifinals. Freshman teammate Alice Barnes (Cambridge, UK) advanced to the semifinals with a win over Florida's Zerene Reyes 6-0, 6-2, but fell to Castellvi in the semis 6-2, 6-1.

Sophomore Erin Burdette (Jackson, GA) dropped a tough straight set match to Georgia's Cioroch 7-5, 7-6 in an earlier quarterfinal match. Stanford's doubles team of Barnes and Liu were defeated in the semifinals by Florida's Magley/Reyes, 8-2.

In consolation action, freshman Joanna Kao (Fullerton, CA) fell, 7-5, 3-6, 1-0 (10-7) to Kelly Nelson of Notre Dame in the quarterfinals. Kao then bounced back and picked up a victory over Notre Dame's Katie Cunha, 7-5, 6-1, in the backdraw consolation semifinals.

Play will conclude tomorrow in Las Vegas with the championship matches.

2003 Collegiate Tennis Kickoff Classic
At Fertitta Tennis Complex, Las Vegas, NV

MAIN DRAWQUARTERFINALS(1) Agata Cioroch (UGA) def. (7) Erin Burdette (STAN) --- 7-5, 7-6(5) Amber Liu (STAN) def. (3) Kate Pinchbeck (UNC) --- 6-2, 6-3(4) Alice Barnes (STAN) def. (6) Zerene Reyes (UF) --- 6-0, 6-2

SEMIFINALS(5) Amber Liu (STAN) def. (1) Agata Cioroch (UGA) --- 7-5, 6-0(2) Vilmarie Castellvi (UT) def. (4) Alice Barnes (STAN) --- 6-2, 6-1

SEMIFINALS - DOUBLESMagley/Reyes (UF) def. Barnes/Liu (STAN) --- 8-2

CONSOLATIONQUARTERFINALSKelly Nelson (ND) def. Joanna Kao (STAN) --- 7-5, 3-6, 1-0 (10-7)

BACKDRAW CONSOLATIONSEMIFINALSJoanna Kao (STAN) def. Cunha (ND) --- 7-5, 6-1

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