No. 10 Cal Completes First Day of Pac-10 Championships

April 26, 2007

OJAI - Two members of the No. 10 California women's tennis team advanced past the first two rounds of the singles main draw in the 2007 Pac-10 championships in Ojai. Fourth-ranked Susie Babos and No. 23 Nina Henkel were the two victorious Golden Bears.

Babos started the tournament with a straight-set victory over Washinton's Joyce Ardies, 6-2, 6-3. In the round of 16, Babos got off to a slow start against USC's Amanda Fink as the Trojan took the first set, 6-1. Babos, the reigning NCAA singles champion, took the next two sets, 6-4, 6-3.

Henkel also won her first match in convincing fashion, knocking off Kady Pooler from Arizona State, 6-2, 6-2. Her second-round match against Stanford's Anne Yelsey went to a third set. Henkel won the first set, 6-4, before the Cardinal came back to win a close second set, 7-6. In the third set, Henkel ran away with a 6-2 victory.

Also competing in the main draw were the defending Pac-10 singles champion Zsuzsanna Fodor and Cristina Visico. Both Bears won their opening-round matches before falling in the second round. Fodor dominated Washington State's Amy Toth, 6-1, 6-0, in the first round. Her run of repeating as the conference's singles champion ended in the round of 16 when Stanford's Lindsay Burdette beat Fodor, 6-4, 6-7, 6-4. Visico defeated Arizona's Danielle Steinberg, 6-3, 7-5, in the first round before losing to Celia Durkin from Stanford, 6-3, 6-3, in the second round.

In the singles invitational draw, sophomore Claire Ilcinkas was the only Bear in the bracket to advance past the first round. Ilcinkas beat Katja Decker-Sandowski from USC, 6-4, 6-2. She fell in the second round to Elizabeth Lumpkin from UCLA, 6-2, 7-6.

The Pac-10 championships continue tomorrow and will feature the third round of the singles draw as well as the start of the main and invitational tournaments. The singles matches will take place at 11:30 am and the doubles matches at 2:30 p.m.

Round of 32 Main Draw Results:
Cristina Visico (Cal) def. Danielle Steinberg (Ariz), 6-3, 7-5
Susie Babos (Cal) def. Joyce Ardies (Wash), 6-2, 6-3
Zsuzsanna Fodor (Cal) def. Amy Toth (WSU), 6-1, 6-0
Nina Henkel (Cal) def. Kady Pooler (ASU), 6-2, 6-2

Round of 16 Main Draw Results:
Susie Babos (Cal) def. Amanda Fink (USC), 1-6, 6-4, 6-3
Nina Henkel (Cal) def. Anne Yelsey (Stan), 6-4, 6-7, 6-2
Celia Durkin (Stan) def. Cristina Visico (Cal), 6-3, 6-3
Linday Burdette (Stan) def. Zsuzsanna Fodor (Cal), 6-4, 6-7, 6-4

Round of 32 Invite Draw Results:
Claire Ilcinkas (Cal) def. Katja Decker-Sandowski (USC), 6-4, 6-2
Judy DeVera (USC) def. Daron Moore (Cal), 6-1, 6-1
Allison Rainey (Wash) def. Bojana Bobusic (Cal), Wo (em)

Round of 16 Invite Draw Results:
Elizabeth Lumpkin (UCLA) def. Claire Ilcinkas (Cal), 6-2, 7-6

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