CARY, N.C. --- Three Carolina doubles pairs advanced to flight finals and five Tar Heels won opening round singles matches in the first day of the Duke Fab Four Invitational Friday at the Cary Tennis Park. Caroline Price and Lauren McHale will face teammates Laura Slater and Gina Suarez-Malaguti in Saturday's double Blue draw final Saturday, while the freshman tandem of Ashley Dai and Whitney Kay plays in the Black draw final.
The highlight of the day may have come in doubles, however, as both Tar Heel pairs in the Blue draw defeated top-40 opponents to make the final. Price and McHale knocked off Cristina Sanchez-Quintanar and Cristina Stancu of Texas A&M, the No. 22 doubles team in the country, 8-3, while Slater and Suarez-Malaguti took out No. 38 Melissa Bolivar and Lina Lileikite of Miami, 8-1.
Play continues Saturday with doubles finals and singles quarterfinal and semifinal action.
Zoe De Bruycker (UNC) def. Krisztina Kapitany (Purdue), 6-1, 6-2
#4 Cristina Sanchez-Quintanar (TAMU) def. Laura Slater (UNC), 6-1, 6-1
Tessa Lyons (UNC) def. #121 Lynda Xepoleas (Purdue), 6-4, 6-2
Whitney Kay (UNC) def. Hope Johnson (W&M), 6-3, 6-2
Gina Suarez-Malaguti (UNC) def. Amber Li (Yale), 6-4, 6-1
Caroline Price (UNC) def. Julia Jones (MISS), 6-1, 6-2
#64 Lina Lileikite (UM) def. Ashley Dai (UNC), 6-2, 6-4
Dai/Kay (UNC) def. Laurente/Rabinovich (UM/UT), 8-3
Dai/Kay (UNC) def. Sun/Hristov (TAMU), 8-3
Price/McHale (UNC) def. Hamilton/Li (Yale), 8-5
Price/McHale (UNC) def. #22 Sanchez-Quintanar/Stancu (TAMU), 8-3
Slater/Suarez-Malaguti (UNC) def. Xepoleas/Vidal (Purdue), 9-7
Slater/Suarez-Malaguti (UNC) def. #38 Bolivar/Lileikite (UM), 8-1
#12 Belaya/Loomins (W&M) def. Lyons/De Bruycker (UNC), 8-3
Ellis/Scott (Texas) def. Lyons/De Bruycker (UNC), 8-3