Chifchieva Wins Opening Round Match
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May 23, 2007

ATHENS, Ga. -

Redshirt freshman Fani Chifchieva picked up a 6-3, 7-6 win over Emilija Arnaudovska of Southeastern Louisiana in the first round of the NCAA Singles Championship at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex in Athens on Wednesday.

After taking the first set, the 16th ranked Chifchieva found herself down in the second, but battled her way back to force a tiebreak.  Up 6-4 in the tiebreak, she approached the net and finished off No. 87 Arnaudovska with an overhead smash.

With the win, Chifchieva moves on to face No. 58 Csilla Borsanyi of Florida in the round of 32 on Thursday.  Borsanyi was a 6-1, 6-1 winner over No. 42 Danielle Steinberg of Arizona on Wednesday.

The 13th ranked doubles team of sophomore Alex Haney and freshman Melissa Koning will also be in action on Thursday as they take on the second ranked duo of Sara Anundsen and Jenna Long of North Carolina in the opening round of doubles play.