Babos Wins Singles Title in All-American Championships
Oct. 8, 2006
LOS ANGELES - California junior Susie Babos won the singles tournament at the Riviera/ITA All-American Championships and became the first player in 11 years to reach all three national finals. She completed the third part of the feat with a victory over Fresno State's Melanie Gloria, 5-7, 6-3, 7-6 (8) in the finals at the Riviera Tennis Club on Sunday.
The other two finals appearances were her NCAA singles championship in May and reaching the finals of the ITA National Indoor Championships as a freshman in 2004.
Babos is currently on a 15-match winning streak in singles, dating back to last season's national title run. She was also the winner of the singles tournament at the Cal Invitational last week.
She won five matches in four days at the All-American Championships, including victories over four players ranked in the top 40 of the Fila national singles rankings. Babos became the second Golden Bear to win the singles championship in the event. Raquel Kops-Jones won the title in 2003.
The finals went down to a third set tiebreaker for the first time in the history of the event. In the deciding set, Babos jumped out to a 4-0 lead and held on despite a strong push by Gloria.
Babos will be a favorite in this year's ITA National Indoor Championships, which take place from Nov. 2-5 in Columbus, Ohio.
Cal first round results:
Susie Babos, California d. Jenna Long, North Carolina, 6-3, 6-4
Diana Srebrovic, Florida d. Zsuzsanna Fodor, California, 6-4, 3-6, 6-4
Second round results:
Babos, California d. Kristi Miller, Georgia Tech, 6-4, 6-4
Third round results:
Babos, California d. Caitlin Burke, Wisconsin, 6-3, 6-2
Consolation second round results:
Megan Falcon, LSU d. Zsuzsanna Fodor, California, 6-3, 6-1
Doubles first round results:
Babos/Fodor, California d. Cohen/Vallverdu, Miami, 8-2
Doubles second round results:
Moulton-Levy/Zorcic, William & Mary d. Babos/Fodor, California, 8-4
Semifinals results:Babos, California d. Shadisha Robinson, South Florida, 2-6, 6-3, 6-3
Championship round results:
Babos, California d. Melanie Gloria, Fresno State, 5-7, 6-3, 7-6 (8)