Pioneer’s Karina Miller, a two-time state champion at one singles at the MHSAA State Meet, had played only one ITF Pro Circuit match prior to this week, with the Ann Arbor resident losing in the first round of qualifying at the $100,000 Dow Tennis Classic in Midland last year.
The 2020 University of Michigan recruit has won five matches, including two qualifying matches, this week at the women’s $15,000 WTT tournament at the USTA’s National Campus in Lake Nona to reach the semifinals. Miller, who needed a wild card into qualifying, moved into the semifinals when 16-year-old Connie Ma retired trailing 6-4, 3-0.
Miller will face No. 2 seed Tori Kinard, who beat 14-year-old Eleana Yu 6-0, 6-3. Top seed Grace Min, a 6-3, 6-1 winner over Sofia Sewing(Miami), will face Virginia rising freshman Natasha Subhash, the No. 4 seed, who beat Kimmi Hance 6-2, 6-1.