Russell advances to Australian Open quarterfinals
Jennifer Embry graduated from Purdue in 2000.
Jan. 23, 2005
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Former Purdue tennis standout Jennifer (Embry) Russell has advanced to a women's doubles quarterfinal at the Australian Open, one of four Grand Slam professional tennis tournaments.
A native of Houston, Russell has paired with Mara Santangelo of Italy to win three straight matches in Melbourne. In their last match, the unseeded Russell and Santangelo defeated eighth-seeded Elena Dementieva of Russia and Ai Sugiyama of Japan, 6-4, 6-4.
In quarterfinal action, Russell and Santangelo will face either Janet Lee and Shuai Peng, or Gabriela Navratilova and Michaela Pastikova. Some well-known names challenging Russell for the Open women's doubles title are Lindsay Davenport and Martina Navratilova. Russell could meet Davenport and Corina Morariu in the semifinals. A match-up with Navratilova and Daniela Hantuchova would take place in the championship round.