Nov. 4, 2009
AUBURN, Ala. – Auburn women’s tennis player Fani Chifchieva will travel to the ITA National Indoor Championships starting Thursday, November 5. This year's event is hosted by Yale University and will take place November 5-8 at the Cullman-Heyman Tennis Center in New Haven, Conn.
The championship features a 32-player singles field and 16-team doubles field including champions from Wilson/ITA Regional Championships held across the country during October, the ITA National Small College champions, the winners of the D'Novo/ITA Men's All-American Tennis Championships and Riviera/ITA Women's All-American Championships, and at-large and wild card selections made by the ITA National Tournament Committee.
Chifchieva received an automatic bid in the tournament after defeating Kristi Boxx of Ole Miss in the ITA Southern Regional final on Oct. 26, becoming the first Auburn player in program history to capture the ITA Southern Regional title.
Chifchieva's path to the final ran through UAB's Evelien Strijker in straight sets, 6-4, 6-4 in the first round. In her second match of the tournament, she defeated Karoline Grymel of Troy 6-0, 6-2 to advance to the round of 16, and downed Ole Miss' Abigail Guthrie in the round of eight. The senior All-American dropped the first set in a 6-7 (5) tie-break, but rallied in the final two sets 6-4, 6-4 to take the match and advance to the tournament semi-finals. In the semi-final match against Karen Njissen of Ole Miss, Chifchieva took home a straight-set victory 6-2, 6-3.
Play begins on Thursday at 9 a.m. with first-round doubles and singles. Consolation brackets start on Friday, and are re-drawn and re-seeded following the completion of play on round one.
Schedule of Play:
Thurs, Nov. 5 - 1st Round Doubles and 1st Round Singles
Fri., Nov. 6 - Quarterfinal Doubles and 2nd Round and Quarterfinal Singles
Sat., Nov. 7 - Semifinal Doubles and Singles
Sun., Nov. 8 - Championship Matches