Doubles Advance in Riviera/ITA Qualifying Action

Karla Bonacic tallied her 42nd career doubles win on Tuesday.

Oct. 2, 2012

PACIFIC PALISADES, Calif. – Kansas State women’s tennis players Karla Bonacic and Petra Niedermayerova started their week at the Riviera/ITA Women’s All-American Championships on Tuesday with qualifying play in both doubles and singles at the Riviera Tennis Club.

The no. 28-ranked doubles tandem of Niedermayerova and Bonacic tallied an 8-1 win over the No. 49-ranked Danielle Lao and Valeria Pulido from USC in the first round of qualifying play. Niedermayerova and Bonacic are 3-2 this season and own a 17-18 mark when paired together. After Tuesday’s win, Bonacic owns a career doubles record of 42-50, while Niedermayerova is 36-32.

On Wednesday, Niedermayerova and Bonacic will face Julia Elbaba and Maria Fuccillo of Virginia in their first match of the day. The K-State duo will need to win two matches on Wednesday to advance to the main draw of doubles play beginning on Thursday.

Playing in her first career Riviera/ITA Women’s All-American Championship singles match, the no. 69-ranked Bonacic suffered her first loss of the season with a 6-0, 6-4 defeat to Kyle McPhillips of UCLA. Bonacic, a senior from Split, Croatia, had her personal eight-match winning streak snapped with the defeat. She owns a career record of 58-34 (.630) and is 3-1 this season.

Main draw play at the Riviera/ITA Women’s All-American Championships begins on Thursday, as No. 14-ranked Niedermayerova will begin her drive for a second straight semifinals appearance in singles. At the 2011 event, Niedermayerova tallied three victories over top-30 ranked opponents to reach the semifinals and earn a berth into the USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships.

Players that advance to the quarterfinals in singles and doubles play of the main draw at the Riviera/ITA Women’s All-American Championships will qualify for the 2012 USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships in Flushing, N.Y., Nov. 8-11.

Riviera/ITA Women’s All-American Championships
Pacific Palisades, Calif. — Riviera Tennis Club
Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Qualifying – First Round
(28) Petra Niedermayerova/Karla Bonacic (K-State) def. (49) Danielle Lao/Valeria Pulido (USC), 8-1

Qualifying – First Round
Kyle McPhillips (UCLA) def. (69) Karla Bonacic (K-State), 6-0, 6-4