Kalamazoo, Mich. The Indiana womens tennis team had a successful opening day during the qualifying rounds at the ITA Midwest Championships on Thursday, Oct. 23. While six Hoosiers were given automatic berths into the main draw, freshman Cecile Perton and Kara Zeder had to play their way in.
Both Zeder and Perton won their opening matches to advance to the round of 32. Perton defeated the 9-16 seed, Genevieve Charron of Marquette, 6-3, 6-4. Zeder, a 9-16 seed, defeated Alexis Watson of Wisconsin-Green Bay 6-3, 6-2.
In the round of 32, Zeder fell 6-1, 6-2 to Northern Illinois Ivonne Andrade. Perton defeated Ball States Katie Owens 6-3, 6-4 to advance to the round of 16. If Perton wins that match, she will advance into the singles main draw.
Associate head coach Ramiro Azcui was pleased with how both girls played today.
It was a good opening day, Azcui said. Cecile continues to adjust to the hard court surface every day. She used good shot selections in both her matches. Today was a good start for Indiana in the tournament.
Perton will take to the courts at 9 a.m. on Friday, Oct. 24 for her final qualifying singles match against Kelly Nelson of Notre Dame.
Main draw doubles action is scheduled to begin at 2 p.m. Indiana has four doubles teams in the draw, and three teams seeded. The duo of Karie Schlukebir and Linda Tran is the No. 2 seed, while Martina Grimm and Sarah Batty are a 5-8 seed and Dora Vastag and Laura McGaffigan are a 9-16 seed.