Singles Quarterfinals Set For Pac-10 Tennis Championships
April 23, 2009
OJAI, Calif. -- Day one of the 2009 Pac-10 Tennis Championships is in thebooks, despite a late start due to heavey fog and mist. USC's Robert Farahand Stanford's Hilary Barte, the highest-ranked men's and women's singlesplayers in the Pac-10, won both of their matches in straight sets toadvance to the quarterfinals of the individual championships, taking placein Ojai, Calif.
On the men's side, Pac-10 team champion UCLA sends two players into thethird round of championship singles action. Junior Matt Brooklyn facedtough competition in the first two rounds. The Hillingdon, England, nativedefeated California's Bozhidar Katsarov 6-1, 3-6, 6-2. It wouldn't get anyeasier for Brooklyn in the second round as he and Arizona's Jay Goldmanplayed three sets that lasted more than three hours. Brooklyn came out ontop, 6-4, 3-6, 6-4 in the intense match-up. Senior Michael Look is theother Bruin to find his way into the quarterfinals, as he is playing inhis final Pac-10 Championships.
USC and Stanford also send two players each into the quarterfinals. Alongwith Farah, the Trojans are represented by freshman Steve Johnson. TheOrange, Calif., native took out Washington's Ryo Sekiguchi, 6-2, 6-4,before getting past UCLA's Ahmed Ismail, 6-1, 6-4. The Cardinal find twoyoung players in the final eight. Freshman Bradley Klahn picked up winsover Amit Inbar of UCLA (6-3, 6-2) and Abdullah Magdas of USC (6-4, 6-3).Sophomore Alex Clayton pulled out two tough straight set wins, first overOregon's Jose Izquierdo, 6-4, 7-6 (3). Then, in the final match of theday, Clayton earned the win over USC's Matt Kecki, 7-5, 7-5.
Friday's singles match-ups include Farah (USC) versus Look (UCLA),Brooklyn (UCLA) taking on Klahn (Stanford), Pedro Zerbini (California)versus Johnson (USC) and Andres Carrasco (Arizona) will face Clayton.
On the women's side, Stanford dominated the first two rounds, sendingthree players on to the next day. Barte will face teammate Veronica Li inthe quarterfinals. Li defeated Arizona's Sarah Landsman, 6-3, 5-7, 6-4,and USC's Alison Ramos, 6-1, 7-5 to earn the match-up with her top-seededteammate. Senior Jessica Nguyen also played her way into the next roundfor the Cardinal. In the first round, the Chatsworth, Calif., nativetopped Cal's Mari Andersson, 6-2, 6-3. In round two, she defeated ArizonaState's Laila Abdala in three sets, 6-7, 7-6, 6-3.
Last year's runner-up, USC's Amanda Fink is also still alive in thechampionship draw. The senior defeated UCLA's Andrea Remynse andWshington's Denise Dy to make another attempt at an individualchampionship. California also represented itself well, as senior BojanaBobusic and sophomore Marina Cossou remain in the draw. The last twoplayers in the final eight are UCLA junior Yasmin Schnack and Arizonafreshman Natasha Marks, who upset eighth-ranked Kelcy McKenna of ArizonaState in the first round.
The women's match-ups set to be played Friday at the Ojai Valley Athletic Club are Barte (Stanfod) versus Li (Stanford), Fink (USC) facing Nguyen(Stanford), Cossou (California) versus Schnack (UCLA) and Bobusic(California) taking on Marks (Arizona).
Friday also marks the begining of the doubles championships, as 16 men'steams and 16 women's teams battle it out for the right to play for thetitle. Both the singles and doubles champions will be decided on Sunday,Apr. 26.