An All-Kops-Jones Classic

Jan. 10, 2003

Milwaukee, Wis. - Junior All-American Raquel Kops-Jones advanced to the finals of both the singles and doubles competition today in the Milwaukee Tennis Classic at the Helfaer Tennis Center in Milwaukee.

With all three Golden Bear players advancing to the semifinals, it was assured that at least one of them would be done after today's action - and it wasn't Kops-Jones. The Bears' top-player glided by teammate Nicole Havlicek, 6-3, 6-0, to secure a spot in tomorrow's championship match at 1:00 p.m. Tomorrow's match represents the third time in this 2002-03 season that Kops-Jones has reached a tournament final. In September she reached the finals of the Bulldog Classic, and in October she took the crown at the Northwest Regionals.

Teammate Catherine Lynch did not fare as well, dropping a 6-2, 6-1 decision to No. 3 seed Liina Suurvarik in the semifinals.

Kops-Jones and Suurvarik seem to have the Classic mastered as the two not only compete against each other in the finals of singles competition, but the pair also teams together in tomorrow's doubles championship match. The tandem will face Leigh Bradwell and Jill Buckley of Kentucky at 4:00 p.m. on Saturday.


Tuesday, Jan. 7Round of 32 (Singles)No. 1 Raquel Kops-Jones (Cal) def. Alexandra Stankovic (Marquette), 6-1, 6-3No. 2 Catherine Lynch (Cal) def. Christina Laun (Butler), 6-0, 6-0No. 4 Nicole Havlicek (Cal) def. Ashley Maxwell (Illinois State), 6-1, 6-0Wednesday, Jan. 8Round of 16 (Singles)No. 1 Raquel Kops-Jones (Cal) vs. Jennifer Capuzzi (Cincinnati), 6-2, 7-6No. 2 Catherine Lynch (Cal) def. Veronica Garcia-Briseno (Marquette), 6-1, 6-0No. 4 Nicole Havlicek (Cal) def. Lyndsey Molony (Cincinnati), 5-7, 7-5, 6-4Round of 16 (Doubles)No. 1 Kops-Jones (Cal)/Lina Suurvarik (Illinois St.) def. Foster/Leeper (Murray State), 8-2No. 4 Lynch/Havlicek (Cal) def. Stankovic/Trujillo-Herrera (Marquette), 8-4Thursday, Jan. 9 Quarterfinals (Singles)No. 1 Raquel Kops-Jones (Cal) def. No. 5 Caitlin Burke (Cedarburg), 6-2, 6-1No. 2 Catherine Lynch (Cal) def. No. 6 Jill Buckley (Kentucky), 6-2, 3-6, 6-1No. 4 Nicole Havlicek (Cal) def. Lindsey Stauss (Racine), 6-4, 4-6, 6-1Quarterfinals (Doubles)No. 1 Kops-Jones (Cal)/Suurvarik (Illinois St.) def. Walgenbach/Zuccarini (Purdue), 8-4Burke (Cedarburg)/Caiati (Greendale) def. No. 4 Lynch/Havlicek (Cal), 8-9Friday, Jan. 10Semifinals (Singles)No. 1 Raquel Kops-Jones (Cal) def. No. 4 Nicole Havlicek (Cal), 6-3, 6-0No. 3 Liina Suurvarik (Illinois St.) def. No. 2 Catherine Lynch (Cal), 6-2, 6-1Semifinals (Doubles)No. 1 Kops-Jones (Cal)/Suurvarik (Illinois St.) def. Burke (Cedarburg)/Caiati (Greendale), 8-3Saturday, Jan. 11Finals (Singles)No. 1 Raquel Kops-Jones (Cal) vs. No. 3 Liina Suurvarik (Illinois St.), 1:00 p.m.Finals (Doubles)Kops-Jones (Cal)/Suurvarik (Illinois St.) vs. Bradwell/Buckley (Kentucky), 4:00 p.m.
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