Baylor’s Ema Burgic Drops John Newcombe Pro Challenge Match

baylor_emaburgicNEW BRAUNFELS Baylor women’s tennis player Ema Burgic was knocked out of the John Newcombe Women’s Pro Challenge qualifying draw with a straight-set loss on Monday.

The senior fell, 7-6(3), 7-5, to world No. 704 Nicole Vaidisova (Czech Republic) in the second round of the 32-person qualifying draw.

“Credit to her for playing a good match,” Burgic said.  “I wish I would have been more disciplined at times, but that’s a part of tennis. I need to learn from this loss and move on.”

Vaidisova has been ranked as high as No. 7 in the world and has also made the semifinals at both the French and Australian Opens.

“I am proud of Ema’s effort today,” Baylor head coach Joey Scrivano said.  “She did a lot of good things out there against a high-level opponent. Her game is heading in the right direction and we are looking forward to helping her continue to improve her game.”

The $50,000 ITF Pro Circuit event was Burgic’s third pro event of the fall, after Monday’s loss, Burgic is now 7-3 in pro events this fall.

“I’m looking forward to getting back to the practice court and working with my coaches,” Burgic added.  “I know what I’m capable of with great preparation.”

Select Baylor players will take part in the Jack Kramer Club Invite, running Oct. 30-Nov. 2 in Rolling Hills, Calif.

For the latest information on the Baylor women’s tennis team, follow the team on Twitter: @BaylorWTennis.

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