Flushing, N.Y.--Georgia State junior Abigail Tere-Apisah defeated No. 28-ranked Kata Szekely (Tennessee) 6-2, 7-5 to advance to the Round of 16 at the 2012 USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships on Thursday.
Tere-Apisah, ranked No. 23 in the ITA preseason poll, earned an early break with the match tied at 2-2 in the first set before winning three straight games to close the first set 6-2. It was the same situation in the second set as Tere-Apisah broke to take a 3-2 advantage and held her next serve to go up 4-2. Szekely held to bring the match to 4-3, but back-to-back breaks gave Tere-Apisah the chance to serve for the match up 5-4. Szekely didn't allow a point in breaking Tere-Apisah to make the match 5-5, but Tere-Apisah broke right back and won the last game 40-0 to complete the victory.
Tere-Apisah advances to face the eighth seeded and No. 53-ranked Lauren Herring (Georgia), the singles champion at the ITA Southeast Regional Championships last month, in the Round of 16. Herring and Tere-Apisah dueled in the semifinals of the Regional Championship with the sophomore from Georgia taking a grueling 6-4, 6-4 win against Tere-Apisah. Herring won her first round match 6-1, 6-1 vs. UNC's Whitney Kay. Tere-Apisah and Herring duel at 1 p.m. at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center.
Thursday's win was the second victory for the No. 23-ranked Tere-Apisah over Szekely on the national stage. The GSU junior won a 6-3, 6-4 match against Szekely at the 2012 NCAA Singles Championship to earn All-American status.
Singles play begins on Friday following doubles action beginning at 9 a.m. To follow Tere-Apisah's match, visit tournament central to find links to live stats, live audio and a live blog. Columbia University will also update its official tournament page throughout the day with results.
Check the women's tennis page on GeorgiaStateSports.com for daily updates on Tere-Apisah's play from the USTA Billie Jean King Tennis Center in Flushing, N.Y.