Jayhawk doubles team reaches final of ITA Summer Circuit Event
WICHITA, Kan. – Incoming freshman Carmen Roxana Manu and rising KU sophomore Julia Deming competed for the first time as a doubles team this weekend and made a run to the final of the ITA Summer Circuit event in Wichita.
After receiving a bye in the Round of 16, Deming and Manu blanked their opponents, 8-0, on Saturday to move into the semifinals. The Jayhawks duo pulled out a narrow victory, 8-7(6), over Georgia Tech’s Victoria Flores and her partner to advance to the title match, where they dropped an 8-1 decision.
Manu reached the semifinals of the singles bracket this weekend in Wichita. Manu won her first match, 6-2, 6-1, and then reached the quarterfinals with a 6-3, 6-1 victory. Manu then bested Jessica Anzo of Texas A&M, 7-6(4), 6-4, to move on to the semifinals, where she lost to an opponent from Orlando, Florida, 6-1, 6-2.
Meanwhile, Deming advanced through the first two rounds of play with two-straight 6-1, 6-0 victories. She then lost in the quarterfinals, 6-4, 6-1.
ABOUT ITA SUMMER CIRCUIT POWERED BY UTR
This was the sixth and final week of the 2019 Oracle ITA Summer Circuit event. The circuit opened June 22 at 11 sites throughout the country, with 1,026 players registered to compete. The ITA Summer Circuit is currently made up of 56 events over six-consecutive weekends beginning June 22 and concluded this past weekend, the last weekend in July.
The summer circuit was created to provide college players the opportunity to compete in organized events year-round. Although the primary purpose of the circuit is to provide incoming freshman and collegiate players the chance to compete in the summer months, for NCAA compliance purposes, the events are categorized as “open”; therefore, anyone (including high level juniors and adults) is eligible to compete in these events as long as he/she is a current ITA member.