NORMAN, Okla.- The OU women's tennis team opened the season Friday at the Baylor Invitational in Waco, Texas. In the singles gold draw Christi Baxley advanced to the round of 16 by beating Katrina Harbuzi of Lamar 6-2, 7-5. However, Baxley suffered a defeat by Iva Mihalova (Baylor) 6-3, 6-1.
Also advancing in the gold draw was OU junior Monica Purice who advanced to the round of 16 after defeating Andrea Martinez 4-6, 6-4, 1-0 (2). Next, she defeated Carla Zabaleta of Tulsa, 6-4, 6-3, and will now face Klara Zrustova (Baylor) in the quarterfinals.
In the green draw, OU's Chelsea Orr was defeated by Texas Tech's Lakann Wagley 6-3, 6-0. Orr moved on to the consolation bracket where she defeated Michelle Brown (Wyoming) 7-6, 6-1. Orr will now advance to the consolation quarterfinals.
Also in the green draw OU's Anne Carter was defeated by Michelle Brown (Wyoming) 4-6, 6-1, 1-0 (5) and suffered another defeat in the consolation bracket by Anne Sophie Brown (Texas Tech) 6-2, 6-4.
In the white bracket OU's Brittany Baldy advanced to the quarterfinals after topping Marissa Brown (UTA) 6-0, 7-5 in the first round and Sandra Vucic (ACU) 6-0, 7-5.
Sophomore Rachael Cox, a No. 3 overall seed, earned a first-round bye. In the second round she suffered a loss to Lifanova (UTA) and moved on to the consolation bracket where she downed Carolina Chaix (Wyoming) 6-1, 6-1.
The Sooners will resume play in the morning with doubles beginning at 8 a.m.