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Stanford's Klahn opens defense of his singles title

 

Stanford junior Bradley Klahn won his first-round singles match Wednesday on opening day of the NCAA tennis individual tournament at Stanford's Taube Family Tennis Stadium.

Klahn, the defending NCAA singles champion, beat Michigan's Jason Jung, 7-6 (5), 6-2, and will meet Texas A&M's Austin Krajicek in Thursday's second round.

"There's always those first round jitters coming into a tournament like this," Klahn said. "I started to find my game toward the end of the first and start of the second, and was able to work my way back into the match."

Stanford junior Ryan Thacher, meanwhile, dropped a 5-7, 6-3, 6-3 decision to fifth-seeded Blaz Rola of Ohio State.

"Ryan is a really good player and has done great things at Stanford," Rola said. "We exchanged a lot of breaks and we played a good match, had good points."

On the women's side, Stanford's Hilary Barte, Stacey Tan and Nicole Gibbs all advanced. Mallory Burdette lost her match.

"I had a really nice rhythm after playing the team tournament," Barte said. "It felt really good, really clean, back on my court, court one. I'm happy to get through to the next round."

The third-seeded Barte topped Tennessee's Natalie Pluakota, 6-1, 6-1 and plays Arizona State's Kelcy McKenna in the second round.

Gibbs knocked off Utah's Anastasia Putilina, 6-1, 6-1, and next meets USC's Danielle Lao.

Tan advanced when Clemson's Josipa Bak retired down, 2-0, in the first set. North Carolina State's Sanaa Bhambri is Tan's next opponent.

"I feel good. It's been a long week with the team tournament and such, but I feel ready for the individual tournament," Tan said. "I think it is good to have a rest with the retirement. Having a little hit or a shorter match was nice today, to get an extra day of rest, sort of."

Burdette lost to 8-18 seed Zoe De Bruycker of North Carolina, 1-6, 7-6 (3), 6-3.

The individual tournaments run through Monday, with the men's and women's doubles finals at noon and the singles finales beginning at 2 p.m., on the stadium courts.

— Palo Alto Online Sports

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