WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – The Clemson women’s tennis team suffered a 7-0 loss to Wake Forest on the road in Winston-Salem, N.C. on Sunday afternoon. With the loss, the Tigers fell to 5-5 overall and 1-1 in ACC play, while the Demon Deacons improved to 7-1 (1-0 ACC).
The Tigers’ No. 2-ranked doubles duo of seniors Marie-Alexandre Leduc and Fernanda Navarro won once again at the No. 1 doubles position, defeating Wake Forest’s Chandler Carter and Emma Davis by a score of 6-4. The win brought the pair’s record to 7-1 in dual matches this season. The Demon Deacons claimed wins on Court 3 and Court 2, in that order, including a come-from-behind tiebreak at No. 2, to clinch the doubles point.
Wake Forest continued its momentum from doubles play into singles, as it won at No. 6, No. 5 and No. 3 singles in straight sets to clinch the team victory. On Court 2, Navarro, ranked 64th nationally, lost a tight 6-4, 6-4 match to 95th-ranked Anna Ulyashchenko. Tate Schroeder at No. 4 and Leduc at No. 1 both dropped three-set matches, including Leduc’s, a 6-7(7), 7-6(2), 1-0(6) battle against the Demon Deacons’ top singles player, No. 51 Emma Davis.
HEAD COACH NANCY HARRIS QUOTE“Today our Tigers were competitive in three of the singles matches, and had the opportunity to take the doubles point with a 5-2 lead at No. 2 doubles. No. 1 doubles won their match, while our No. 2 doubles allowed the lead to slip away by not using their opportunities. Hats off to the fast-court, aggressive-style Wake Forest team and staff for their win today.”
UP NEXTClemson is on the road for two more matches next week, as they travel to Notre Dame, Ind. to face the Irish on Friday, Feb. 22 before heading to Louisville, Ky. to take on the Cards on Sunday, Feb. 24.