Amber Liu Reaches NCAA Singles Final
May 23, 2003
GAINESVILLE, Fla. - Stanford freshman Amber Liu (La Mesa, CA) reached the final of the 2003 NCAA Singles Championship with a 7-5, 6-0 victory over Jewel Peterson of Southern California on Friday morning at the University of Florida. Liu is Stanford's third NCAA Finalist in the last four years, as Laura Granville captured back-to-back national championships in 2000 and 2001.
Liu, who is now 32-10 on the season, defeated Peterson for the third time in as many tries this season. The fifth-seeded Liu and eighth-seeded Peterson were tied 5-5 in the first set before Liu won the next eight games to close out the match.
'We are both in the Pac-10 and have played each other a lot,' Liu said. 'It definitely helps to know players for tactical reasons. It was a really good match. She came out firing in the first set and it was really close. It could have gone either way. I'm happy I came through.'
Liu, who is bidding to win Stanford 13th national singles championship and sixth since 1990, will face top-seeded Vilmarie Castellvi of Tennessee in the final on Saturday at 11:00 a.m. (Eastern Time). This will be the fourth meeting of the season between Liu and Castellvi.
'I'm really excited,' Liu said. 'I've had a good tournament so far, and I'm just taking it one match at a time to concentrate on the match.'
Liu prevailed 6-2, 6-4 in the second round of the Riviera ITA All-American on Oct. 11, and Castellvi came back to win 6-7 (1), 6-1, 7-6 (4) in the consolation quarterfinals of the Omni Hotels Championship on Nov. 8 and 6-4, 6-3 in the final of the Collegiate Kickoff Classic on Jan. 19.
2003 NCAA Women's Singles Championship
At Gainesville, Florida (University of Florida)
#1 Vilmarie Castellvi (Tennessee) d. #4 Agata Cioroch (Georgia), 7-5, 6-2
#5 Amber Liu (Stanford) d. #8 Jewel Peterson (Southern California), 7-5, 6-0