Stanford's Klahn, USC's Fink Take Home Pac-10 Singles And Doubles Titles
April 26, 2009
OJAI, Calif. -- Stanford freshman Bradley Klahn and USC senior Amanda Fink captured both the 2009 Pac-10 singles and doubles championships in the final day of action in Ojai, Calif.
In the battle of the freshman, Klahn went to work against USC's Steve Johnson. He took an early 1-0 lead in the first set, but Johnson pushed back to gain a 3-1 advantage. The two, who used to be doubles partners before attending college, went back and forth in the next four games until Klahn posted three-straight points to take a 6-5 lead. Johnson would not quit and tied the match at six games apiece forcing the tie breaker. Klahn gained the momentum and won the first set 7-6 (4).
In the second set, Klahn got the best of Johnson once again with a 6-4 victory to win his first Pac-10 singles championship and become the ninth Cardinal to win the title. The Poway, Calif., native continued his success by also claiming the Pac-10 doubles championship with fellow rookie Ryan Thacher.
The young Cardinal pair faced UCLA's tandem of senior Michael Look and freshman Eugen Brazdil. Stanford won the first set 6-3, but the Bruins stayed in it by taking the second set, 6-3. The final set came down to a tie break situation where Stanford prevailed 7-2 to secure the title.
On the women's side, the third time was the charm for USC's Fink. The senior, playing in her third Pac-10 single's final won the crown in straight sets over Arizona freshman Natasha Marks. The Calabasas, Calif., native was tested early, winning the first set 7-5, but regained her composure and handily defeated Marks, 6-2, in the second set. Fink becomes just the third USC player to take home the title; however, a Trojan has won the singles chmpionship three of the past five years.
Like Klahn, Fink also took home the 2009 Pac-10 doubles championship with partner Gabriela Niculescu. The duo defeated Arizona State's team of Laila and Nadia Abdala in straight sets to garner their second consecutive doubles title, becoming the first Trojan pair to win back-to-back doubles championships. Fink/Niculescu breezed through the first set, 6-2, but the Abdala sisters wouldn't go away without a fight. The second set was decided by a tie breaker, with the Trojans coming up victorious, 7-5.
Up next for Pac-10 teams are the selections for the NCAA Tournament. First and second round action will take place at campus sites, while Texas A&M will host both the men's and women's championships in College Station, Texas, May 14-25.