Feature: Burdette, Durkin and Logar Move On To The Round of 16 At NCAA Tourney
May 25, 2007
By Jack Salisbury
The Stanford Daily
May 25, 2007
Stanford, CA (CSTV U-WIRE) -- Freshman Lindsay Burdette was one of three Cardinal players to advance to the Round of 16 at the NCAA Championships yesterday. Burdette pulled off a major upset in Athens, Ga., topping last year's singles champion, Suzie Babos of California.
Burdette downed the No. 4-ranked title-holder in straight sets, 6-4, 6-4.
'It was kind of ugly,' Burdette said. 'It was a back-and-forth kind of match.'
The Stanford freshman struggled to put Babos away for much of the match, up until the Golden Bear failed to return on a match-point serve.
'It was a huge sigh of relief,' Burdette said.
The win is also a signature victory for the freshman, who is just arriving on the college scene.
'I think I'll realize how big it is later,' she said. 'It was a great win and it was nice, but I think the real effects will come later.'
Aside from Burdette, two teammates, senior Theresa Logar and junior Celia Durkin also moved on to today's Round of 16. Logar won her match against Vanderbilt's Catherine Newman in three sets, while Durkin beat Shadisha Robinson of South Florida 6-2, 7-6.
The only member of the Cardinal to lose yesterday was Jessica Nguyen. The sophomore was forced to withdraw in the second set against Florida's Megan Alexander due to an ankle injury.
Stanford players comprise three of the 16 players still vying for the championship, a testament to the individual depth of the squad.
'We came up a little short but, hands down, we have one of the best groups of players in the nation,' Burdette said. 'I'm not surprised that we're still making an impact in individuals.'
In the doubles tournament, Burdette and senior Anne Yelsey advanced to today's second round with an easy win over the Miami duo of Laura Vallverdu and Audra Cohen, 6-2, 6-1.
NCAA Championship play will dig even deeper tomorrow when Durkin faces top-ranked Audra Cohen, Burdette goes against Northwestern's Georgia Rose and Logar takes on Natalie Frazer from Georgia. In doubles play, Yelsey and Burdette will square off against the twin combo of Catrina and Christian Thompson, hailing from Notre Dame.
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