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Ansley Cargrill doesn't remember the last game of her Thursday match in the Bank One USTA Challenger, only that she won and that she was very, very ill.

Kristina Kraszewski, now, remembers just about everything about her match . . . that she played well, hit tough shots and pulled the upset.

Both players moved into the quarterfinals as unheralded and unseeded players flashing amateur cards in a pro tennis tournament.

Cargrill recalled that she didn't pay much attention to the heat or the fact she wasn't sweating as much in the dry air as she normally would back home in Atlanta.

At least, not until the very end of her match with No. 7-seeded Catalina Castano of Colombia Thursday afternoon at the Snowbird Canyon Racquet Club.

"Suddenly, my stomach felt empty, I felt weak and I couldn't move my feet," she said as she recalled going into the last game leading 6-5 in the third. "I don't remember anything about the last game. Nothing. I think I served, but I can't remember. I guess I just persevered. It's all I could do."

She did and won 6-3, 3-6, 7-5 to advance into Friday's quarterfinals.

Cargrill, 18, is headed for Duke University this fall to begin her collegiate career.

For Kraszewski, things were quite different. She came into the event as a "lucky loser" but doesn't credit luck with having anything to do with her success, and she breezed through her match in straight sets.

This is, however, a tournament that almost wasn't for her. Had a player not withdrawn from the main draw on Monday, Kraszewski would be watching or waiting or somewhere on the road to another tournament. She lost in qualifying but was picked up as a replacement, a term affectionately referred to as a "lucky loser."

Thursday, she proved she belonged by upsetting the highest surviving seed, No. 3 Julie Pullin of Germany, 7-5, 6-0. In her opening match she beat Utah pro Megan Dorney.

"Things are no different for me than if I did come in with the main draw. I feel I belong," she said. "I do think you play better in the main draw. You play better players and that makes you play better. And definitely, I'm playing better with each match."

Part of the reason, she added, is because she's adjusting to the altitude and thin air. Coming from the Los Angeles area, she hasn't played much tennis above sea level, "but I think playing at this elevation suits my game. I tend to take shorter backswings. I think that helps to keep the ball in play."

The two players were evenly matched in the first set until Kraszewski broke and held to win the first set. In the second set, Pullin's game started to unravel. She frequently hit unforced errors.

Kraszewski is a senior at the University of Washington.

Semifinal matches will be played Saturday and the finals on Sunday at the Snowbird Canyon Racquet Club. Tickets are available at the club.


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