Flower Advances on Day One of All-American Championships

Sept. 30, 2006

LOS ANGELES, Calif. – Rookie Kirsten Flower, playing in her first collegiate tournament, began her career on the Flats with a pair of victories in the prequalifying draw of the Riviera/ITA All-American Championships, which began play Saturday at the UCLA Tennis Center in Los Angeles, Calif.

In the first match of her college career, Flower made quick work of Becky Bernard, a seeded player from UC Irvine, 6-0, 6-1, before recording a comeback victory in her second-round match against TCU’s Ana Cetnik, 2-6, 6-0, 6-4.

In doubles action, she teamed with junior Tarryn Rudman against USC’s Sara Fansler and Julie Smekodub, one of the top eight seeds in the doubles bracket, but the duo couldn’t pull out the win, falling 8-5 in the first round.

Flower will return to action Sunday morning when she plays Miami’s Laura Vallverdu in the third round of prequalifying. The winner of that match will advance to the qualifying draw, which begins play Tuesday.

Georgia Tech Results:

Singles

(R1) Kirsten Flower (GT) def. Becky Bernard (UC Irvine), 6-0, 6-1

(R2) Flower def. Ana Cetnik (TCU), 2-6, 6-0, 6-4

Doubles

(R1) No. 5-8 Sara Fansler/Julie Smekodub (USC) def. Flower/Rudman (GT), 8-5

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