Bobusic Advances to Singles Final at Wilson/ITA Northwest Regional

Oct. 19, 2008

STANFORD, Calif. -

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No. 65-ranked California women's tennis senior Bojana Bobusic advanced to the singles final today at the 2008 Wilson/ITA Northwest Regional Championship on the courts of the Taube Family Tennis Stadium in Stanford, Calif. with her three-set victory over the tournament's top-seeded Hilary Barte. The Golden Bears also placed two doubles teams into the semifinal round.

Bobusic moved through her quarterfinal match with a 6-1, 6-4, victory over No. 21-ranked Katrina Zheltova of Sacramento State before facing No. 4-ranked Barte of Stanford. Bobusic edged out Barte for the first-set tiebreaker, coming away with the 8-6 decision before falling, 6-3, in the second set. She fought for every point in the third, and came away with a 7-5 win to earn a place in tomorrow's (Oct. 20) final. Bobusic will face the third-seeded No. 12 Melanie Gloria of Fresno State at 10 a.m. By virtue of her appearance in the final match, Bobusic earns an automatic berth into the field of 32 at the 2008 ITA National Indoor Championships, Nov. 6-9, in Charlottesville, Va.

In other singles matches, No. 7-ranked sophomore Marina Cossou got a quick 6-1, 6-1, quarterfinal win over No. 62 Jenni Heinser of San Francisco but bowed out of tournament play to Gloria in the semifinal. Cossou has already qualified for the Indoor Championships thanks to her performance at the All-American Championships earlier this month. No. 22 Claire Ilcinkas couldn't escape her quarterfinal match as she fell in three sets to Barte, 2-6, 7-6(1), 6-0. Freshman Jana Juricova also went three sets in her quarterfinal but was eventually knocked off by Gloria, 3-6, 7-5, 6-2.

In doubles play, the No. 24-ranked duo of Cossou and Ilcinkas got by Venise Chan and Denise Dy of Washington with an 8-6 win in the quarterfinal. They will face the top-seeded duo of Renata Kucerkova and Anastasia Petukhova of Fresno State in a match set to begin not before 10:30 a.m. Juricova joined senior Marion Ravelojaona to defeat the fourth-seeded team of Brittany Blalock and Steffi Wong of Cal Poly, 8-5. Juricova and Ravelojaona draw the second-seeded duo of Gloria and Tinesta Rowe, also of Fresno State in a match set to begin not before 10:30 a.m.

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Wilson/ITA Northwest Regional ChampionshipTaube Family Tennis Stadium | Stanford, Calif. - Sunday, Oct. 19, 2008

SinglesQuarterfinalNo. 7 Marina Cossou (CAL) def. No. 62 Jenni Heinser (USF) 6-1, 6-1No. 65 Bojana Bobusic (CAL) def. No. 21 Katrina Zheltova (SAC) 6-1, 6-4No. 4 Hilary Barte (STAN) def. No. 22 Claire Ilcinkas (CAL) 2-6, 7-6(1), 6-0No. 12 Melanie Gloria (FSU) def. Jana Juricova (CAL) 3-6, 7-5, 6-2SemifinalNo. 65 Bojana Bobusic (CAL) def. No. 4 Hilary Barte (STAN) 7-6(6), 3-6, 7-5No. 12 Melanie Gloria (FSU) def. No. 7 Marina Cossou (CAL) 3-6, 7-5, 6-1

DoublesQuarterfinalNo. 24 Cossou/Ilcinkas (CAL) def. Chan/Dy (UW) 8-6Juricova/Ravelojaona (CAL) def. Blalock/Wong (CPS) 8-5

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