The Longhorns’ top-ranked Bianca Turati fell to No. 27 Luisa Stefani of Pepperdine, 7-6 (6), 4-6, 6-3 at the NCAA Championships in Winston-Salem, N.C. Wednesday.
Turati held a 3-1 lead in the deciding set before Stefani won five straight games to take the win.
“One can’t help but feel for Bianca,” UT head coach Howard Joffe said. “She ran into another top player. Her heart and skill made me very proud. The NCAA tournament will still have Bianca to reckon with for another two seasons.”
Anna Turati fared better, claiming a 6-0, 7-6 (3) win over Anna Sanford of Ohio State in her first-round match.
“Anna definitely competed well this morning but didn’t quite have her range and feel to the degree she is ordinarily accustomed,” Joffe said. “Nonetheless, to advance in this field is a huge achievement. Tomorrow, she will need to be sharper against a very strong player from Florida.”
The 30th-ranked Turati is one victory away from obtaining All-America status. She’ll face Anna Danilina of Florida in the second round Thursday.
Bianca Turati will earn status as an All-American with her seeding in the singles draw.
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