Stanford's Joana Kao Ousted In Second Round Of ITA Summer National Championships

Aug. 11, 2003

BLOOMINGTON,Ind. - Stanford's Joanna Kao (Fullerton, CA) was the lone Cardinal representative at the ITA National Summer Championships. In the first round, Kao was able to defeat Michigan State's Karen Gustafson 6-3,6-1. However, Kao met a tough second round opponent in the form of Vanderbilt's Amanda Fish. Kao fell to Fish 6-2,6-2.

The ITA National Summer Championships is the paramount event of the ITA Collegiate Summer Circuit, a circuit that has featured over 14,000 competitors since its inception in 1993. The victors in the singles and doubles draw of the ITA National Summer Championships earn wild cards into Icy Hot/ITA Men's and Riviera/ITA Women's All-American Championships in October, the first national tourney of collegiate season.

The ITA Collegiate Summer Circuit provides college tennis players the opportunity to participate in organized events year round. The circuit is broken down into five regional circuits, competition in which all lead up to the ITA National Summer Championships.

Kao will be entering her second year at Stanford this fall. She is joined on the farm by her brother, Joe Kao, who is a member of the men's tennis team.

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