Trio of Tigers to Play in Rivera/ITA Women's All-American Championships


Sept. 29, 2008

AUBURN - Auburn women's tennis players Fani Chifchieva, Alex Haney and Melissa Koning will take part in the Rivera/ITA Women's All-American Championships Tuesday - Sunday at the Riviera Tennis Club in Pacific Palisades, Calif.

Chifchieva, who enters her junior campaign ranked ninth nationally, will play in the 32-player main draw tournament starting Thursday. At the 2008 NCAA Championships, Chifchieva advanced into the semifinals and earned her second All-American honor.

To be selected to the main draw, the returning national champion, 2008 All-Americans, an ITA National Summer Championships champion and one regional representative receive an automatic entry into the tournament. There are 24 at-large selections and eight players from the qualifying tournament for the main draw.

Ranked 51st, Haney will eye a spot in the main draw by working her way through the 64-player qualifying tournament beginning Tuesday with a 10:30 a.m. match against No. 39 Chisako Sugiyama of Michigan.

In doubles action, fourth-ranked All-Americans Haney and Melissa Koning are slated to play in the 16-team main draw tournament starting Thursday. The duo advanced to the round of 16 at the 2008 NCAA Championships.

There are 12 at-large selections and four teams from the qualifying tournament that will participate in the doubles portion of the tournament.

The ITA National Ranking and Tournament Committee, consisting of the eight region chairs, the ITA Operating Committee Chair and the Assistant ITA Operating Committee Chair, were responsible for all selections for the championships.