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Tulsa's Durska Upsets Second Seed at All-American Championships

Tulsa junior Aleksandra Durska
Tulsa junior Aleksandra Durska
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Oct. 10, 2001

Tulsa, Oklahoma - University of Tulsa junior Aleksandra Durska began the first two rounds of the 2001 Riviera Women's All-American Tennis Championships with a bang, defeating two nationally-ranked singles players and the tournament's second-seeded player in the singles qualifying round at the Riviera Tennis Club in Pacific Palisades, California.

Durska, who was unseeded, began the day with a first round victory over Tulsa native and 66th-ranked Selia Mathew of Alabama, 7-6, 6-1. In the second round, Durska pulled off perhaps the biggest upset of her career with a straight set, 6-1, 6-3, victory over Baylor's 25th-ranked Katja Kovac, who was also tournament's second-seeded player.

Durska, a native of Pobiedziska, Poland and currently ranked No. 82 in the nation, advanced into the qualifying round, but dropped a 6-3, 7-6, decision to Stanford's 73rd-ranked Lauren Barnikow. As a result of her two victories and her loss in the qualifying round, Durska was selected among the other players to fall in the qualifying round to tomorrow's first round of the main draw.

In just under three seasons, Durska has established herself as one of the school's greatest tennis players. She began her junior season ranked fifth on TU's all-time win list for singles victories with 57. Durska is a two-time all-WAC First Team performer in singles.