Walker Among Favorites at Riviera All-American

Oct. 19, 2000

PACIFIC PALISADES, Calif. - The nation's top women's college tennis players will be competing at the 2000 Riviera Women's All-American Championships, the second leg of the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Grand Slam, starting today at Riviera Country Club in Pacific Palisades, Calif.

UCLA's No. 1 singles player Sara Walker, seeded second in the tournament and ranked No. 3 in the nation, takes on Jahnavi Parekh of Baylor this afternoon at 1:30 p.m.

This year's tournament is highlighted by 7 of the top 10 players in the WingspanBank.com national singles rankings. Second-ranked Aarthi Venkatesan of NCAA champion Georgia opens her season as the No. 1 seed at the Riviera. Rounding out the Top 10 entrants are: Walker, No. 4 Kristina Kraszewski of Washington, No. 6 Adria Engel of Arizona State who reached last year's final, No. 8 Janet Walker of Texas, No. 9 Chin Bee Khoo of Arkansas, and No. 10 Megan Miller of Duke. Kraszewski's Sanex WTA Tour Ranking climbed over 200 spots this past summer.

Also on hand will be Wake Forest's Bea Bielik, who captured the opening leg of the ITA Grand Slam, the T. Rowe Price National Clay Court Championships, last month. Duke freshman Ansley Cargill, a main draw participant at the U.S. Open in August, received a wild card into the event.

San Diego's Zuzana Lesenarova, last year's ITA National Senior Player of the Year, captured the last two Riviera All-American titles.

This is the 18th straight year that this tournament is taking place at the Riviera Country Club. The toughest hardcourt event of the fall collegiate season, the Riviera Women's All-American Championships consists of a 32-player singles and 16-team doubles draw. The singles draw features 24 players who have received automatic berths into the main draw and eight survivors from the qualifying tournament, which concludes today. The prequalifying tournament took place last weekend at UCLA.

The tournaments can be followed at www.ITAtennis.com, the official website of the ITA.

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