Amber Liu and Barnikow-Burdette Tandem Advance To Quarterfinals
May 21, 2003
Gainesville, Fla. - Stanford freshman Amber Liu (La Mesa, CA) advanced to the NCAA Women's Singles Tournament Quarterfinals with a 6-2, 6-4 win over Kentucky's Sarah Witten today at the Ring Tennis Complex on the University of Florida campus. In Doubles action, the Cardinal's top-seeded duo of Lauren Barnikow (Woodbridge, NJ) and Erin Burdette (Jackson, GA) fought back from a first set loss to take the 4-6, 7-6 (6), 7-5 victory against Miami's Melissa Applebaum and Megan Bradley.
With only eight players left, Liu will face Alice Pirsu of Pennsylvania. Pirsu advanced to the quarterfinals with a 6-2, 6-1 victory over Viktoria Stoklasova of South Alabama. Liu and Pirsu are slated to start play at 9 a.m. tomorrow.
'It helped playing a little earlier because it wasn't that hot' commented Liu on the morning start time. 'I'm getting used to the heat.'
Barnikow and Burdette took a win over Miami in their second round match despite dropping the first set 4-6. The Cardinal tandem staved off defeat in third set as well - down 5-4, Barnikow and Burdette fought back for the 7-5 victory. The pair will face Witten and her Kentucky doubles partner Amy Trefethen in tomorrow's NCAA Quarterfinal match. Doubles action is set to start at noon.
'I think we just kept fighting hard,' noted Barnikow on the come-back win against Miami. 'We didn't give up on any points, so we got lucky. We just kept fighting and kept believing we can do it.'
NCAA Third Round Singles Results:
#5 Amber Liu (STAN) def. Sarah Witten (KEN) -- 6-2, 6-4