Baylor’s Ema Burgic ends run at Red Rock Open

baylor_emaburgicLAS VEGAS, N.V. After four straight wins, Baylor women’s tennis senior Ema Burgic fell in three sets to world No. 138 Michelle Larcher de Brito, 3-6, 6-3, 7-6(5), in the main draw round of 16 at the Red Rock Open on Thursday.

“Today was a tough loss, I don’t make excuses,” Burgic said. “Michelle played better than me in the tight situations and that’s why she won.”

The loss ends Burgic’s run at the ITF $50,000 Pro Circuit event.

“This week has reconfirmed to me that I’m growing as player,” Burgic added. “I need to move past this match and get back to improving my game. I’m extremely thankful for being healthy and all the support I have at Baylor.”

With the event being a professional tournament the loss does not count towards collegiate stats, but Burgic finished 4-1 at the event after winning her way out of the qualifying draw and claiming a victory in the first round main draw action.

“Unfortunately, tough losses are a part of the process,” Baylor head coach Joey Scrivano said. “Overall, it’s been a great experience for Ema playing against some of the best in the world. There is no question she can play at the highest level. I’m excited the direction she is heading.”

Burgic defeated ranked foes Jacqueline Cako (No. 514 in WTA), Hayley Carter, who is No. 3 in the ITA, Maria (No. 298 in WTA) and Gioia Barbieri (No. 181 in WTA) at the event.

Baylor women’s tennis players will be back in action Oct. 3-5 at the H-E-B/Under Armour Fall Invite. That event will be the second of the season at the Hurd Tennis Center in Waco.

For the latest news on the Baylor women’s tennis team follow its official Twitter and Instagram account: @BaylorWTennis.

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