TANFORD, Calif. – Three California doubles teams and three Golden Bear singles players advanced after winning in the main draws on Saturday at the USTA/ITA Northwest Regional Championships. Top-seeded Zsofi Susanyi was one of those Bears who forged her way into the Women’s Open Singles quarterfinals after winning twice on Saturday at Stanford’s Taube Family Tennis Center.
Cal’s seeded teams all won in the Women’s Open Doubles round of 32 on Saturday. The top-seeded and 11th-ranked pair of sophomore Lynn Chi and senior Anett Schutting beat the team of Maja Mladenovic/Tori Troesch, 8-2, the seventh-seeded tandem of Klara Fabikova/Maegan Manasse topped Santa Clara’s Cooke/Delphine Rouvillois, 8-5, and No. 8 seeded Susanyi/Denise Starr dominated the Sacramento State team of Olivia Boija/Sophie Lohscheidt, 8-1. The Cal duo of senior Kelly Chui and junior Cecilia Estlander fell in a close round of 32 match to the fifth-seeded Saint Mary’s team of Danielle Flores/Jenny Jullien, 8-7(1).
A junior ranked fourth in the nation, Susanyi first defeated San Francisco’s Marina Nikolic in the Women’s Open Singles round of 32, 6-3, 7-5, and then beat Stanford’s 10th-seeded Ellen Tsay, 2-6, 7-5, 6-1, in the round of 16. Cal’s other highly seeded player – Schutting, who is ranked fifth nationally – suffered an upset in the round of 16 against Stanford’s ninth-seeded Carol Zhao, 6-3, 6-1. The Bear beat Fresno State’s Sophie Watts, 6-4, 6-2, in the round of 32.
Chi and Starr joined Susanyi in the singles quarterfinals. Chi, an eighth-seeded sophomore, topped Washington’s Elianne Douglas-Miron, 7-6(7); 7-6(2), in the round of 16 and beat Fresno State’s Rana Sherif Ahmed, 6-1, 7-6(3), in the previous round. Starr, a freshman seeded 13th, upset Stanford’s fourth-seeded Krista Hardebeck, 2-6, 6-1, 6-4, to get to the quarters, after earlier surpassing Gonzaga’s Samantha Polayes, 6-3, 7-5, in the round of 32.
Two other Bears lost in the round of 16, with seventh-seeded Fabikova, a sophomore, falling to 12th-seeded Caroline Doyle, 6-3, 6-4, and 16th-seeded Manasse dropping a 6-4, 6-4 match to Stanford’s third-seeded Kristie Ahn. A round earlier, Fabikova topped Santa Clara’s Chelby Cooke, 6-4, 6-2, and Manasse, a freshman, defeated Cal Poly’s Jennifer Cornea, 2-6, 6-3, 6-4.
In the consolation singles draw, one Bear won in Saturday’s round of 64, as Chui beat Sacramento State’s Katharina Knoebl, 6-1, 6-3. But senior Alice Duranteau retired with an injury against Stanford’s Lindsey Kotsas when down 6-2, 2-0, and Estlander lost to Megan Heneghan, 7-5, 1-6, 1-0(5).
The regional ends on Tuesday.
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