South Carolina Notches Three Upsets on Day 3 of the Wolfpack Invitational Ranked Spotlight
CARY, N.C. – The Gamecocks earned six wins on day three of the Wolfpack Invitational Ranked Spotlight, four of which came over ranked opponents. Newcomer No. 29 Ayana Akli defeated the No. 49 player, sophomore Allie Gretkowski upset the No. 73 player, and freshman Sarah Hamner upset the No. 80 and No. 122 players.
In the main draw, Hamner continued to dominate with a 6-4, 6-4 straight-sets win over No. 80 Evgeniya Levashova of UCF. Hamner went on to face No. 122 Jaedan Brown of host NC State and topped her 6-4, 4-6, 7-6 (6).
Sophomore Gretkowski faced No. 73 Sara Nayer of NC State, her first ranked singles opponent this fall. Gretkowski was cool under the pressure, upsetting Nayer in straight sets 6-1, 6-4.
No. 29 Akli played a competitive match against No. 49 Sophie Abrams of NC State and forced a third set tiebreak. Akli was not phased, winning the match 5-7, 6-4, 1-0 (2). Carrying her momentum into her second match, Akli topped Daevenia Achong of Miami 7-6 (9), 6-3.
Senior Megan Davies came away with one win on the day against Alexandra Pisareva of Oklahoma. After falling 6-2 in the first set, Davies won the second set 6-1 to force a third set tiebreak. The tiebreak was closely contested, but Davies came out on top with a 1-0 (9) win.
The Gamecocks will close out the tournament with the final rounds of play tomorrow.
Day 3 Results
No. 29 Ayana Akli (SC) def. No. 49 Sophie Abrams (NCSU) 5-7, 6-4, 1-0 (2)
No. 29 Ayana Akli (SC) def. Daevenia Achong (UM) 7-6 (9), 6-3
No. 50 Megan Davies (SC) def. Alexandra Pisareva (OU) 2-6, 6-1, 1-0 (9)
No. 8 Natasha Subhash (UVA) def. No. 50 Megan Davies (SC) 6-4, 6-4
Sarah Hamner (SC) def. No. 80 Evgeniya Levashova (UCF) 6-4, 6-4
Sarah Hamner (SC) def. No. 122 Jaedan Brown (Mich) 6-4, 4-6, 7-6 (6)
Eden Richardson (UM) def. Allie Gretkowski (SC) 5-7, 6-3, 6-3
Allie Gretkowski (SC) def. No. 73 Sara Nayer (NCSU) 6-1, 6-4