Celia Durkin Advances to Title Match
Jan. 14, 2006
Las Vegas, Nev. - After five of the eight seeded players failed to make the second day of competition, the remaining three were all upset today, and Stanford sophomore Celia Durkin will face another unseeded player in tomorrow's singles championship at the Freeman Memorial Women's Tennis Championships at the Fertitta Tennis Complex on the campus of UNLV.
Durkin knocked off UNLV's Elena Gantcheva on her home court in the quarterfinals, fighting off a match point to force a third-set tiebreaker and ultimately prevail 6-1,1-6,7-6 (7-4). Durkin will face No. 94 Laura Gordon of UCLA in the championship on Sunday, after Gordon defeated back-to-back Stanford opponents today, with Alice Barnes in the quarterfinals and Theresa Logar in the semifinals.
In doubles, Barnes and Anne Yelsey, seeded No. 1 in the tournament, advanced to the semifinals with an 8-2 victory over Arizona State's Sabrina Capannolo and Laila Abdalla in the quarterfinals. Logar and Durkin were eliminated today, falling 9-8 to second-seeded Kady Pooler and Roxanne Clarke of Arizona State in the quarters.
Doubles will start the day at 10 a.m. with a semifinal match featuring top-seeded Barnes and Yelsey against USC pair Anca Anastasiu and Judy Devera. The other semifinal match will pit fourth-seeded Amanda Fink and Carine Vermeulen of USC and Sun Devil duo Pooler and Clarke. The doubles championship match will immediately follow the semifinals. The singles championship is slated to begin at 11 a.m.
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