Fischer Advances at ITA All-American Championships

Oct. 2, 2006

TULSA, Okla. -- University of Washington newcomer Patrik Fischer (Bern, Switzerland) won in the first round of the qualifying singles at the ITA All-American Championships in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Teammate Daniel Chu (Vancouver, B.C.) dropped his opening-round match to advance to the consolation bracket.

Fischer, who sat out last year at Washington, defeated TCU's Chris Biro (7-6, 6-2). Biro, a transfer from Arizona State, played No. 2 singles for the Sun Devils in 2005-06.

'It was a good win for him and a good barometer,' said men's assistant tennis coach Chris Russell. 'It was good for Patrik to get a win under his belt.'

Fischer will face Mississippi State's Phillipe Frayssinoux on Tuesday at 9:30 a.m. (PT). He must win two more matches in order to advance to the main ITA All-American Championship draw.

Chu, one of three seniors on the Huskies' roster this season, dropped a two-set match (6-4, 6-1) to Michigan's Ryan Heller. Chu will play in the consolation bracket tomorrow.

Chu will team with Alex Slovic (Pancevo, Serbia and Montenegro) in the qualifying doubles bracket of the ITA Championships on Tuesday at 1 p.m. (PT). Slovic is already qualified for the ITA All-American Singles Championship draw, which begins on Oct. 5, based on his No. 24 pre-season ranking.

On the women's side, Victoria Brymer (Apple Valley, Calif.) and Joyce Ardies (Sao Paulo, Brazile) are scheduled to compete in the qualifying doubles bracket of the ITA Women's All-American Championships on Tuesday in Los Angeles.

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