Babos Advances to Final Four in Pac-10 Championships
April 27, 2007
OJAI - In the second day of the Pac-10 championships, No. 10 California advanced three doubles teams past the opening two rounds of the doubles draws on Friday. In addition, fourth-ranked Susie Babos won her way into the final four of the singles main draw.
It wasn't easy for Babos in her match on Friday against USC's Anca Anastasiu. After Babos, the reigning NCAA singles champion, won the first set, 6-2, the Trojan came back to take the second set, 6-1. The third set went down to the wire with Babos emerging victorious with the 7-5 win.
The Golden Bears dominated doubles, winning seven of the eight matches they competed in. In the main draw, the duo of Nina Henkel and Stephanie Kusano picked up two wins to advance to the final four. In the opening round, they beat Dominika Dieskova and Ceci Olivos from Oregon, 8-4. In the second round they knocked off Ashley Joelson and Alex McGoodwin from UCLA, 8-5.
The only doubles loss handed to Cal came in the second round. The third-ranked tandem of Babos and Zsuzsanna Fodor lost to USC's Judy DeVera and Amanda Fink, 8-4. In the first round, they dominated Stanford's Theresa Logar and Whitney Deason, 8-1.
Babos will face Stanford's Celia Durkin in her final four match tomorrow at 11 a.m. The winner of that match will face the winner of the match between Logar and Lindsey Nelson from USC.
The two Cal doubles teams in the invitational draw will compete in their final four matches at 2 p.m. Henkel and Kusano will meet Anne Yelsey and Lindsay Burdette from Stanford in the main draw at 3:30 p.m.
Doubles First Round Main Draw Results:
Babos/Zsuzsanna Fodor (Cal) def. Theresa Logar/Whitney Deason (Stan), 8-1
Henkel/Stephanie Kusano (Cal) def. Dominika Dieskova/Ceci Olivos (Ore), 8-4
Doubles First Round Invite Draw Results:
Claire Ilcinkas/Bojana Bobusic (Cal) def. Aleksandra Malovic/Allison Rainey (Wash), 8-5
Cristina Visico/Daron Moore (Cal) def. Carmen Seremeta/Tina Snodgrass (Ore), 8-4
Doubles Second Round Main Draw Results:
Henkel/Kusano (Cal) def. Ashley Joelson/Alex McGoodwin (UCLA), 8-5
Judy DeVera/Amanda Fink (USC) def. Babos/Fodor (Cal), 8-4
Doubles Second Round Invite Draw Results:
Bobusic/Ilcinkas (Cal) def. Katie Orletsky/Natalia Toporowska (Ariz), ret (inj)
Moore/Visico (CAL) def. Tara Simpson/Melinda Wong (Wash), 8-4