Peggy Porter admits she doesn't like to look ahead at who she may have to play the next day of a tournament.
"I don't like to look," the 17-year-old from Dallas said. "One day at a time. If it's going to be a tough match, I'm just thinking about that match, and I need to focus on today."
That's just what she did Wednesday. The future Florida Gator eliminated qualifier Kristin Wiley 6-1, 6-4 in the first round of the ITF Van Der Meer Shipyard Women's $10,000 tournament on Hilton Head Island.
Serving up a set, tied at 4 in the second and down 0-40, it looked like Porter would need a tiebreaker to avoid a third set. But she found another gear and reeled off five straight winners to avoid a break.
"I wasn't really focusing, I was just feeling the ball," Porter said. "I was really confident but I just had to stop and think and slow it down. I was like, 'If she's going to win this game, she's going to have to work as hard as she can for it. I'm not going to give it to her.' "
After that, Porter broke Wiley easily to close out the match.
From the start, Porter, ranked No. 202 among juniors by the ITF, worked to break down Wiley's forehand.
After Wiley served and won the first game of the match, Porter took Wiley for a ride, breaking her three times and winning six straight games to take the first set.
"I played great. My forehand felt fantastic, and if it feels good, I play good," Porter said. "I had a tough loss last week, so it was really big to overcome it like I did."
And Porter seemed to reach everything Wiley could throw at her. Wiley didn't record a winner over the final four games of the first set. Porter had nine winners during the same stretch.
"That's really one of my strengths," Porter said of her range on the court.
As for whom Porter plays on Thursday, whether she looked or not, it will be qualifier Alexa Graham. Graham upset seventh-seeded Jessica Lawrence in straight sets, 6-4, 6-1.
The biggest upset of the day was qualifier Kristina Mathis' 4-6, 6-1, 6-4 comeback win over third-seeded Mai Minokoshi.
Top-seeded Ulrikke Eikeri, fourth-seeded Alexandra Mueller and fifth-seeded Maria-Fernanda Alves advanced to the second-round in straight sets.
ITF Van Der Meer Shipyard Women's $10,000 tournament
Wednesday, at Van Der Meer Shipyard, Hilton Head Island; Surface: Clay-Outdoor
Singles -- First Round
(1) Ulrikke Eikeri def. Kate Turvy 6-2, 6-4
Sofia Kenin def. Pila Suomalainen 6-4, 6-0
Alexandra Morozova def. Brianna Lashway 6-1, 6-3
Kristina Mathis def. (3) Mai Minokoshi 4-6, 6-1, 6-4
(4) Alexanrda Mueller def. Casey Robinson 6-1, 6-1
(5) Maria-Fernanda Alves def. Madison Bourguignon 7-6(2), 6-3
Alexa Graham def. (7) Jessica Lawrence 6-4, 6-1
Peggy Porter def. Kristin Wiley 6-1, 6-4
Michelle Sammons def. Veronica Corning 6-3, 6-1
Doubles -- First Round
(1) Maria-Fernanda Alves/Ulrikke Eikeri def. Chiara Scholl/Kateryna Yergina 6-1, 6-4
Alexa Guarachi/Petra Januskova def. Jade Lweis/Maddie Pothoff 6-4, 6-3
Roxanne Ellison/Sierra Ellison def. (3) Khristina Blajkevitch/Mai Minokoshi 7-5, 6-2