WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – The Clemson women’s tennis team dropped a tough 4-3 decision to Wake Forest on the road in Winston-Salem, N.C. on Saturday in its ACC opener. With the loss, the Tigers fell to 2-5 (0-1 ACC), while the Demon Deacons improved to 9-2 (1-0 ACC).
Clemson claimed the doubles point to open the match with a 1-0 lead. Constanza Gorches and Fernanda Navarro won their No. 3 doubles match, 6-3, and then Wake Forest won at No. 2, leaving the doubles point up to the match at No. 1. It required a tiebreak, but Ayan Broomfield and Marie-Alexandre Leduc prevailed, 7-6(9-7), for the Tigers.
Leduc gave Clemson a 2-0 lead with a 6-1, 7-5 victory at No. 3 singles, but the Demon Deacons followed with wins at No. 5 and 6 singles to tie the team score. Navarro put the Tigers back on top with an upset over 70th-ranked Emma Davis, 6-1, 7-5 at No. 2 singles, but Wake Forest came from behind to win at No. 1 and No. 4 singles, in that order, and secure the team win.
The Tigers return to action next Saturday, Feb. 25 when they host Furman. The match between Clemson and the Paladins will begin at 10 a.m. at the Hoke Sloan Tennis Center.
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