Oct. 11, 2013
GAINESVILLE, Fla. - Behind a pair of singles wins on Friday, junior Kerrie Cartwright advances into the quarterfinals of singles at the Bedford Cup. The four-day event has reached the halfway point and is hosted by the University of Florida at the Ring Tennis Complex.
As the fourth-seeded player in the draw, Cartwright received a first round bye on Thursday. Cartwright debuted her weekend by cruising to a 6-2, 6-1 win over Andrea Crespo of Stetson in the round of 32.
In the third round, Cartwright outlasted Alessandra Bonte of USF, 6-4, 7-6 (6) in order to stay alive in the draw, moving her into the quarterfinals.
"In her second match Kerrie was making the right plays," head coach Jennifer Hyde said. "She was dominant on the court from start to finish. After a solid 6-4 first set, Kerrie played ahead for most of the second until she found herself down 4-5. She came back and forced a tiebreaker where she fended off four set points in order to take the tiebreaker 8-6 and the match. It was such a huge effort to dig out of that hole."
The Nassau, Bahamas native will face Olaya Garrido-Riryas of USF on Saturday.
"She showed a lot of poised and maturity today," Hyde said. "In the end of that second match, it made a huge difference."
Senior Kristina Schleich also enjoyed a first round bye in singles on Thursday. The No.6 seed started on Friday with a win over Candela Munoz of Florida Gulf Coast, 6-1, 6-3. Schleich was then eliminated after falling to Fanny Fracassi of USF, 6-3, 6-4.
Senior Laurence Porry dropped a tough 7-5, 6-3 decision to Mina Matsuba of Bethune-Cookman in the round of 32.
After playing a tight first set against the top player in the draw, freshman Eduarda Dos Santos could not muster a comeback as she fell to Olivia Janowicz of Florida, 7-5, 6-1.
In the consolation bracket, Sarah Means of Florida Gulf Coast outlasted freshman Majlena Pedersen, 7-5, 6-4.
Doubles play begins at 9 a.m. on Saturday with singles to follow. For more information check back to Facebook and Twitter.