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Bianca Turati falls in semis of ITA National Fall Championships

Posted November 4th, 2017

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After upset wins over two top-ranked opponents earlier this week, Bianca Turati fell short of completing her run at the ITA National Fall Championships Saturday, falling to Duke’s Samantha Harris.

Harris topped Turati 6-4, 6-3 in the semifinals. It was Turati’s first loss this fall. She finishes with a 10-1 singles record.

The Texas sophomore defeated second-ranked Gabriela Talaba of Texas Tech 6-2, 6-3 in the quarterfinals Friday. Turati made it two wins against No. 1 and No. 2 in back-to-back days. She topped No. 1 Shibahara 7-6 (4), 6-2 in the singles draw round of 32.

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Turati scored her first win on Friday over 12th-seeded Michaela Gordon of Stanford, 6-2, 7-6 (7) in the round of 16.

The ITA National Fall Championships event is the second out of three majors in college tennis. The ITA All-American Championships occurred last month. The final major of the season occurs in May.

The inaugural ITA National Fall Championships replaces the ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships, previously held annually in November.

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