LAKE NONA, Fla. – Day one of the NCAA Singles Championship did not go as planned for the Seminoles as both Carla Touly and Lucas Poullain lost in the first round.
Touly was in a battle against 28th ranked Bianca Turati of Texas. Touly jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first set after breaking Turati. Turati broke right back to tie the match at two. Touly once again broke her opponent taking a 4-2 lead but she was broken back as the match was once again tied at four. The two broke each other two more times in the first set forcing a tiebreaker.
Touly jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the breaker before Turati tied it up at four. Turati went on to take the tiebreaker and the first set.
Touly had a similar start in the second set breaking her opponent and holding on serve to take an early 2-0 lead. Turati held serve and broke Touly to tie the match at two before they swapped breaks to keep the score tied at three. Touly then won a huge deuce point to keep the match tied at four in the second set. Down 5-4 Touly was broken as Turati went on to win the second set and the match to end Touly’s season.
Poullain had a similar first set. He swapped points with 52nd ranked Tim Sandkaulen as the score was tied 3-3. His opponent then broke him before Poullain broke back to tie the first set at four. They continued to swap points until the set was sent into a tiebreaker. Poullain jumped out to a 5-3 lead, but the seven-point tiebreaker was not enough as is got tied at six. Sandkaulen was able to take the next two points and the first set.
Poullain jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the second set after a break and a held serve. Sandkaulen broke back to tie the match at two before the two swapped points to keep the match tied at three. Sandkaulen took a 6-5 lead before breaking Poullain to take the second set 7-5 and the match.
Ana Oparenovic and Emmanuelle Salas begin play in the NCAA Doubles Championship tomorrow at 1:30 pm against fourth-seeded Ingrid Gamarra Martins and Mia Horvit of South Carolina.
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