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PACIFIC PALISADES, Calif. – The Duke women’s tennis team opened play in the qualifying rounds at the Riviera/ITA Women’s All-American Championships in Pacific Palisades, Calif., with a strong showing in doubles action as two Blue Devil duos advanced to the second round of qualifying after defeating ranked opponents.
The Riviera/ITA All-American Championship kicked off on Sept. 29 with prequalifying rounds. In the first round of prequalifying, sophomore Annie Mulholland, who was tabbed No. 108 in the ITA rankings, fell to Caryssa Peretz from Virginia in a three set match, 2-6, 6-2, 1-6.
On Tuesday, four Blue Devils started their quest through qualifying to seek a spot in the main draw as sophomore Ester Goldfeld, juniors Hanna Mar and Marianne Jodoin, and senior Mary Clayton took the courts in the first round of singles play.
In the first round of singles qualifying play, 68th-ranked Goldfeld downed No. 36 Alexa Guarachi, 6-1, 7-6(5), before falling to Krista Hardebeck of Stanford in the second round. Goldfeld currently owns a record of 5-2 on the year in singles play, including two wins over opponents ranked in the ITA preseason poll.
In other singles action, 44th-ranked Clayton fell to No. 59 Marie Casares of Vanderbilt 6-1, 7-5, while No. 53 Lauren Harding of Georgia outlasted No. 27 Jodoin 4-6, 6-2, 6-0. Mar, ranked 34th in the ITA poll, lost 6-2, 6-2 to Ema Burgic of Baylor.
In the first qualifying round of doubles, the 27th ranked duo of Clayton and Jodoin downed No. 37 Hideko Tachibana and Kristin Norton of Harvard, 8-4, while the 43rd ranked tandem of Goldfeld and Mulholland edged No. 22 Cristina Sanchez and Cristina Stancu of Texas A&M, 8-6.
The second round of doubles qualifying is set to continue on Wednesday with Clayton and Jodoin slated to face No. 41 Li Xi and Stephanie Nauta of Virginia, and Goldfeld and Mulholland set to play Caroline Magnusson and Caroline Thorton of Tulane.
Pre-Qualifying Rounds
Round 1 – Singles
Caryssa Peretz (Virginia) def. No. 108 Annie Mulholland (Duke), 6-2, 2-6, 6-1
Qualifying Rounds
Round 1 – Singles
No. 59 Casares (Vanderbilt) def. No. 44 Clayton (Duke), 6-1, 7-5
Herring (Georgia) def.
No. 27 Jodoin (Duke), 4-6, 6-2, 6-0
No. 68 Goldfeld (Duke) def. No. 36 Guarachi(Alabama)
Burgic (Baylor) def.
No. 35 Mar (Duke), 6-2, 6-2
Round 2 – Singles
Krista Hardebeck (Stanford) def. No. 68 Goldfeld (Duke)
 Round 1 – Doubles
No. 27 Clayton/Jodoin (Duke) def. No. 37 Tachibana/Norton (Harvard), 8-4
No 43 Goldfeld/Mullholand (Duke) def. No 22 Sanchez/Stancu (Texas A&M), 8-6

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