Burdette's Upset Paces Stanford In NCAA Singles
May 24, 2007
STANFORD, Calif.- Three Stanford singles participants won matches Thursday afternoon to advance to Friday's round of 16, highlighted by freshman Lindsay Burdette's 6-4, 6-4 upset of No. 4 Susie Babos of California.
Burdette and teammate Anne Yelsey also won their first round doubles match, knocking off Miami's Audra Cohen and Laura Vallverdu 6-2, 6-1 in a rematch of an unfinished contest during Sunday's team semifinals.
Burdette's stunning victory over Babos improved her overall record to 30-5, which ties her for the team lead in wins with Celia Durkin and Theresa Logar. Sporting an 8-4 record against nationally-ranked opponents so far this year, Burdette's victory over No. 4 Babos represented her highest-ranked victim of the season. Burdette has won four in a row overall (all in straight-sets) and continues to impress in her rookie campaign.
Durkin and Logar were also able to pick up their 30th wins of the year on Thursday. Durkin edged South Florida's Shadisha Robinson 6-2, 7-6 to reach the round of 16 and improve to 30-12 overall. Half of those victories have come against nationally-ranked opponents and she is 18-7 on neutral courts.
Durkin will face No. 1 Audra Cohen of Miami on Friday in the round of 16, hoping to avenge a 6-4, 6-4 loss in her first match of the year back on Oct. 5 at the ITA All-American Championships.
Logar rallied for a 6-7, 6-2, 7-6 triumph over Vanderbilt's Catherine Newman. Trailing 3-0 in the third set, Logar battled back for her third straight win and 30th of the season. Holding an 18-6 mark against nationally-ranked foes, Logar has won seven of her last nine overall.
Sophomore Jessica Nguyen was forced to retire after suffering an ankle injury and losing the first set 6-4 to Florida's Megan Alexander. She finishes the year with a 23-7 overall record that includes a 10-2 mark against nationally-ranked opponents. Nguyen won five of her final six matches, was 11-1 in dual match play and held down a No. 20 national ranking entering the tournament.