AU Sophomore Defeats No. 2 Ranked Player

A report on Auburn's singles and doubles tennis competition from the nationals is featured.

Tulsa, Okla.--Auburn sophomore Fani Chifchieva pulled off a major upset, knocking off the nation's No. 2 ranked player in the NCAA Women's Tennis Tournament on Friday.

Her run into the fourth round of the tournament is the deepest ever for an Auburn women's player in NCAA play.

Chifchieva, the SEC Player of the Year, posted a 6-4, 6-2 victory over Ani Mijacika of Clemson to advance into the quarter-finals that will be played on Saturday.

Chifchieva will face the No. 6 seed, Amanda Fink of Southern California, for a berth in the semi-finals.

"Fani picked up a great win," Auburn coach Tim Gray said. "She stayed focused and worked hard out there. Hopefully, she can carry that momentum into the quarter-finals."

Auburn's doubles team of Alex Haney and Melissa Koning couldn't advance to the third round on Friday as they fell 6-2, 6-7, 6-3 to Renata Kucerkova and Anastasia Petukhova of Fresno State.


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