baylor_emaburgicROCK HILL, S.C. In the first round of the singles main draw, Baylor women’s tennis senior Ema Burgic dropped a 6-0, 6-3 decision to world No. 135 Sharon Fichman (Canada) to close her run at the Rock Hill Rocks Open on Wednesday.

“I started off very slow. I was struggling to make balls in the first set,” Burgic said. “In the second set, I played with a lot more focus and created some opportunities for myself.”

The loss drops Burgic’s record to 2-1 at the event, an ITF $25,000 Pro Circuit tournament. Those two victories plus Burgic’s bye in the first round of the qualifying draw allowed the BU senior to be one of eight qualifiers for the 32-person main draw.

“Losses are a part of the process. I know Ema will use this loss to improve her game,” Baylor head coach Joey Scrivano said. “When you play against top-100 caliber players there is a lot you can take from those matches.”

Baylor will host its third and final event of the fall at the Hurd Tennis Center starting Thursday, Oct. 16. Teams from around the state will be in Waco as players work to qualify for the ITA Intercollegiate Championships.

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