Juricova Advances to Singles Final at Thunderbird Invitational

Nov. 8, 2008

TEMPE, Ariz. - California women's tennis freshman Jana Juricova won her 16th match of the fall season as she advanced to the singles final at the 2008 ASU Thunderbird Invitational on the courts of the Whiteman Tennis Center in Tempe, Ariz. Hosted by Arizona State University, the three-day tournament concludes tomorrow with final matches in all draws. Juricova got two more two-set wins on the second day of play at the desert tournament as she took out UCLA's Ali Walters 6-3, 6-1, in the quarterfinal before dropping a 6-1, 6-2, victory on Nina Pantic, also of UCLA.

Juricova draws Sona Novakova or Armstrong Atlantic in the main draw singles final, which takes place at 9:30 a.m. PST. Fellow frosh Stephany Chang also got two wins today as she fought off Michigan's Lindsey Howard in a three-setter, 4-6, 6-2, 6-1 in the singles consolation quarterfinal and then got another three-set win over Erin Monson of Utah in the consolation semifinal, 6-1, 4-6, 6-1. She will take on Samantha Mouly from San Diego in the consolation final at 9:30 a.m. PST.

In other main draw singles quarterfinal matches, senior Marion Ravelojaona fell in three sets to the top seed, No. 39 Chisako Sugiyama of Michigan. Sophomore Rachael Dillon had trouble with UCLA's Pantic, dropping a 6-3, 6-0, decision. Dillon and Ravelojaona will each play one more match in the quarterfinal loser's bracket; Ravelojaona faces Juliette Coupez of San Diego and Dillon takes on Walters of UCLA at 9:30 a.m. PST.

In doubles play, Chang and Dillon defeated Howard and Kari Wig of Michigan, 9-8, by holding the Wolverine duo to just one point in the tiebreaker. Juricova and Ravelojaona fell in their match, 9-7, to Alida Muller-Wehlau and Novakova of Armstrong Atlantic. In tomorrow's final round of doubles matches, Chang and Dillon draw Monson and Putilina of Utah; Juricova and Ravelojaona get Howard and Denise Muresan of Michigan.

Play concludes tomorrow (Nov. 9) beginning with 8:30 a.m. doubles matches followed by final matches in all draws. For complete results, draws and information, please visit www.thesundevils.com and point your browser to the women's tennis home page.

2008 ASU Thunderbird InvitationalHosted by the Arizona State University | November 7-9, 2008Whiteman Tennis Complex | Tempe, Ariz.

Singles Quarterfinal(3) Jana Juricova (CAL) def. Ali Walters (UCLA) 6-3, 6-1(1) No. 39 Chisako Sugiyama (MICH) def. Marion Ravelojaona (CAL) 4-6, 6-1, 6-1Nina Pantic (UCLA) def. Rachel Dillon (CAL) 6-3, 6-0Singles Semifinal(3) Jana Juricova (CAL) def. Nina Pantic (UCLA) 6-1, 6-2Singles Consolation QuarterfinalStephany Chang (CAL) def. Lindsey Howard (MICH) 4-6, 6-2, 6-1Singles Consolation SemifinalStephany Chang (CAL) def. Erin Monson (UTAH) 6-1, 4-6, 6-1

Doubles Round RobinChang/Dillon (CAL) def. Howard/Wig (MICH) 9-8(1)Muller-Wehlau/Novakova (ARM) def. Juricova/Ravelojaona (CAL) 9-7

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