Rebecca Rankin advances to final round on Day 2 of the ASU/Thunderbird Invitational

Nov. 5, 2005

Tempe, Ariz. -

With two days of the 11th annual ASU/Thunderbird Invitational women's tennis tournament complete, ASU's Rebecca Rankin (Purley, Surrey, England) will face Jessica Shu of California in the tournament's final round on Sunday morning at 9:30 a.m. MST. Doubles action, as well as singles consolation draws will also take place beginning at 8:30 a.m.


Trailing in the quarterfinals after losing the first set, Rankin battled back to defeat Cal's Marion Ravelojaona, the tournament's number eight seed, in the tiebreaker of the third set, winning 2-6, 6-1, 7-6(5). Rankin reached the final round after defeating Michigan's Nina Yaftali in the semifinals.

Battling from behind again after dropping the first set to Yaftali, Rankin did not trail again in either of the last two sets, winning 6-3 and 6-2 to advance. Yaftali defeated ASU's Kady Pooler (Laguna Niguel, Calif.) 7-6 (3), 7-6 (5) earlier in the day to advance to the match with Rankin.


ASU junior Roxanne Clarke (Cape Town, South Africa) fell short of the final round, falling to Shu 6-2, 7-6 (8). Clarke played Shu evenly following the first set and rallied to send the second set into a tiebreaker. However, Clarke was unable to win the set, falling on the eighth point of the tiebreaker to Shu and sending her to face Rankin in the final.


DAY TWO RESULTS - Saturday, Nov. 5

2nd Round Main Draw

Nina Yaftali (Mich) def. Kady Pooler (ASU) - 7-6 (5), 7-6 (5)

Rebecca Rankin (ASU) def. Marion Ravelojaona (Cal) - 2-6, 6-1, 7-6 (5)

Jessica Shu (Cal) def. Debra Streifler (Mich) - 6-2, 6-3

Roxanne Clarke (ASU) def. Claire Ilcinkas (Cal) - 6-7 (6), 6-0, 6-3


3rd Round Main Draw

Jessica Shu (Cal) def. Roxanne Clarke (ASU) - 6-2, 7-6 (8)

Rebecca Rankin (ASU) def. Nina Yaftali (Mich) - 3-6, 6-3, 6-2


3rd Round Maroon Bracket (1st round consolation)

Ferdinanda Da Valle def. Laila Abdala (ASU) - 6-4, 6-4

Chisako Sugiyama (Mich) def. Olga Klimova (KSU) - 6-4, 6-4

Jessica Simosa (KSU) def. Vana Tomas (ASU) - 6-7 (5), 6-2, 6-1

4th Round: Lindsay Howard (Mich) def. Jessica Simosa (KSU) - 7-6 (4), 7-5


3rd Round Gold Bracket (2nd round consolation)

Katka Kudlackova (KSU) def. Hala Sufi (Purdue) - 6-2, 6-2

Whitney Deason (Stan) def. Lindsay Howard (Mich) - 6-2, 6-0

Jessica Leitch (ASU) def. Kara Delicata (Mich) - 3-6, 7-5, 6-3

Sabrina Capannolo (ASU) def. Elizabeth Exon (Mich) - 6-3, 7-5


3rd Round Sparky Bracket (consolation losers)

Maria Perevoschitova (KSU) def. Katie Schurr (NAU) - 6-1, 4-6, 6-4

Allie Shafnerl (Mich) def. Tereza Prochazkova (KSU) - 6-4, 2-6, 6-2

Regan Newman (NAU) def. Erika Schweyer (ASU) - 6-3, 6-0

Monica Sly (Mich) def. Susan McClelland (NAU) - 6-2, 6-0


Doubles Results

Deason/Durkin (Stan) def. Delicata/Exon (Mich) - 9-7

Streifler/Sugiyama (Mich) def. Tomas/Schweyer (ASU) - 8-3

Ilcinkas/Ravelojaona (Cal) def. Abdala Capannolo (ASU) - 8-4

Sly/Yaftali (Mich) def. Schurr/McClelland (NAU) - 8-2

Clarke/Pooler (ASU) def. Simosa/Klimova (KSU) - 8-4

Leitch/Rankin (ASU) def. Kudlackova/Perevoschikova (KSU) - 8-6

Da Valle/Prochazkova (KSU) def. Howard/Shafner (Mich) - 8-4




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