Women's Tennis Bottled Up At Pac-10's

April 24, 2008

Kelsey Anonsen and Vanja Radunovic each won their first round matches to get the Huskies on the board.

Anonsen and Radunovic were two of six Huskies competing in the invitational draw today. Anonsen took out Oregon's Claudia Hirt, 6-2, 6-4, in the morning match, but was defeated by Arizona State's Wendy Pilecka, 6-2, 6-1, in the second round. Radunovic rolled past Stanford's Isamarie Perez, 6-1, 6-3, in the first round. She maintained a high level of play through the first set of her second match against seventh-seeded Bianca Selaru of Washington State, but then waned, as Selaru came back for a 1-6, 6-3, 6-2 win.

In the main draw, UW's three top players each fell in their first round match-ups. Senior Tara Simpson lost, 6-3, 6-2, to Arizona's Danielle Steinberg. Steinberg is ranked 33rd nationally but is unseeded at Pac-10's, evidence of the depth of the field. Freshman Venise Chan, ranked 37th, struggled against 70th-ranked Claire Ilcinkas of Cal, and lost by a final of 6-3, 6-1. Sophomore Aleksandra Malovic had the toughest draw, losing to Cal's seventh-ranked Marina Cossou, 6-2, 6-1.

In other Invitational matches, sophomore Joyce Ardies was upset by ASU's Ashlee Brown. Brown took the first set, 6-2, before Ardies roared back with a 6-0 second set win. Brown, however, held strong for a 6-4 win in the third set. Freshman Ashley Anderson got in her first singles action since the fall, but lost to sixth-seeded Cristala Andrews of USC in straight sets. The fifth Husky freshman in action today was Aleksandra Krsljanin, who battled even for much of the morning with USC's Lyndsay Kinstler, but came up just short in each set, losing 7-5, 7-5. Lastly, senior Allison Rainey fell to third-seeded Micaela Hein of ASU, 6-4, 6-1.

In doubles play tomorrow, Ardies and Simpson and Chan and Anonsen will be entered in the main draw, while Malovic and Radunovic, and Rainey and Krsljanin will compete in the invitational draw.

Washington Women's Tennis
4/24/08 - Ojai, Calif.
Ojai Athletic Club

Pac-10 Championships

Main Draw
First Round
Danielle Steinberg (Ariz) def. Tara Simpson (UW), 6-3, 6-2
Claire Ilcinkas (Cal) def. Venise Chan (UW), 6-3, 6-1
(3) Marina Cossou (Cal) def. Aleksandra Malovic (UW), 6-2, 6-1

Invitational Draw
First Round
Kelsey Anonsen
(UW) def. Claudia Hirt (Ore), 6-2, 6-4
Vanja Radunovic (UW) def. Isamarie Perez (Stan), 6-1, 6-3
(6) Cristala Andrews (USC) def. Ashley Anderson (UW), 6-1, 6-3
Ashlee Brown (ASU) def. (5) Joyce Ardies (UW), 6-2, 0-6, 6-4
(3) Micaela Hein (ASU) def. Allison Rainey (UW), 6-4, 6-1
Lyndsay Kinstler (USC) def. Aleksandra Krsljanin (UW), 7-5, 7-5

Second Round
(7) Bianca Selaru (WSU) def. Vanja Radunovic (UW), 1-6, 6-3, 6-2
Wendy Pilecka (ASU) def. Kelsey Anonsen (UW), 6-2, 6-1

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