Women's Tennis Junior Falls In Second Round Of ITA Championship

Oct. 10, 2003

LOS ANGELES - After winning her tournament opener, women's tennis junior Luana Magnani was eliminated in the second round of the 2003 Riviera/ITA Women's All-American Championship with a narrow loss to Alexis Gordon of Florida on Friday, Oct. 10, at the Rivera Tennis Club.

Magnani pushed Gordon to the limit in an unbelievable match that lasted three hours and 22 minutes. The USC junior won the first set decisively, but allowed Gordon to take the second and third sets in tiebreakers for a 3-6, 7-6(5), 7-6(4) second-round loss.

Magnani defeated Dea Sumantri, 6-7(7), 6-2, 6-2, in the first round of the main draw to advance.

Earlier this week, USC's Carine Vermeulen competed in the tournament's qualifying rounds. The sophomore won her first round match by defeating Aleke Tsoubanos of Vanderbilt, 7-5, 7-5, but fell in the following round with a 7-5, 6-1 loss to Northwestern's Jessica Rush.

Magnani and Vermeulen also paired to compete in the doubles qualifier. The duo defeated Florida's Gordon and Julie Rotondi, 8-6, in the opener, then were eliminated in the second round by Manon Kruse and Carien Venter of Middle Tennessee State, 8-6.

Following are complete tournament results.

2003 Riviera/ITA Women's All-American Championship
Oct. 4-12, 2003 - Los Angeles, Calif. (L.A. Tennis Club)

Main Draw Singles Results (Oct. 9-12)

First Round (Round of 32)
Luana Magnani (USC) def. Dea Sumantri (Washington) - 6-7(7), 6-2, 6-2

Second Round (Round of 16)
Alexis Gordon (Florida) def. Luana Magnani (USC) - 3-6, 7-6(5), 7-6(4)

Qualifying Singles Results (Oct. 7-8)

First Round (Round of 64)
Carine Vermeulen (USC) def. Aleke Tsoubanos (Vanderbilt) - 7-5, 7-5

Second Round (Round of 32)
Jessica Rush (Northwestern) def. Carine Vermeulen (USC) - 7-5, 6-1

Qualifying Doubles Results (Oct. 7-8)

First Round (Round of 32)
Magnani/Vermeulen (USC) def. Gordon/Rotondi (Florida) - 8-6

Second Round (Round of 16)
Kruse/Venter (Midd. Tenn. State) def. Magnani/Vermeulen (USC) - 8-6

Prequalifying Singles Results (Oct. 4-6)

First Round (Round of 64)
Dianne Matias (USC) def. Ilona Somers (Tulsa) - 6-4, 6-2
Melissa Esmero (USC) def. Iona Paun (Clemson) - 6-3, 5-7, 7-6(3)
Jenny Zika (Duke) def. Judy DeVera (USC) - 1-6, 6-4, 6-3
Maria Brito (Clemson) def. Erica Sauer (USC) - 6-2, 6-2

Second Round (Round of 32)
Dianne Matias (USC) def. Gretchen Haynor (Purdue) - 6-2, 6-1
Gitte Ostermann (Nebraska) def. Melissa Esmero (USC) - 6-1, 6-1

Qualifier
Audra Falk (Vanderbilt) def. Dianne Matias (USC) - 6-0, 6-3

Prequalifying Doubles Results (Oct. 4-6)

First Round (Round of 32)
Luiz/Endlich (Old Dominion) def. DeVera/Sauer (USC) - 8-6
Sallai/Toth (Washington State) def. Bernadette Bayani/Erin Everly (USC) - 8-6
Esmero/Matias (USC) def. Frazier/Subbotina (Georgia) - 8-6

Second Round (Round of 16)
Muscolino/Somers (Tulsa) def. Esmero/Matias (USC) - 8-2

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