ATHENS, Ga. — Baylor women’s tennis senior Blair Shankle advanced to the round of 32 of the NCAA Championship with a two set victory, 6-2, 6-4, in the opening round on Wednesday morning. She bested No. 42-ranked Brittany Lindl of Tennessee for her 10th consecutive win and her 12th over a ranked opponent.
Shankle, the No. 5 overall seed in the bracket and the No. 3-ranked player nationally, will meet Kana Daniel of Pennsylvania in the second round on Thursday at Dan Magill Tennis Complex. Daniel, who was the automatic qualifier for the NCAA Championship out of the Ivy League, is ranked No. 119 nationally and owns an 11-7 record on the season.
Daniel, who also competed at 8 a.m. on Wednesday, defeated Aldila Sutjiadi of Kentucky in two sets, 7-5, 6-3, to advance. First serve between Shankle and Daniel has yet to be determined.