Singles and Doubles Matches Set For Sunday

April 24, 2010

OJAI, Calif. -- The two top-seeds on both the men’s and women’s sides advanced to the 2010 single’s final tomorrow in Ojai, Calif. Stanford’s Bradley Klahn looks to repeat as champion singles, while on the women’s side junior Hilary Barte (Stanford) looks to repeat on the women’s side in both singles and doubles. p

The men’s singles championship features USC’s Robert Farah, the top-seed in the singles, and Klahn, last year’s Pac-10 singles champion. Farah downed Stanford Ryan Thacher, 6-4, 6-3, in the semifinals to earn the right to play for the singles title on Sunday. Klahn, the reigning ITA National Rookie of the Year and Pac-10 Freshman of the Year, defeated USC’s Daniel Nguyen, 6-3, 5-7, 6-3, in a hard fought match. This year’s final is a rematch of last year’s semifinal match in which Klahn beat Farah in straight sets, 6-2, 7-5. Klahn looks to become the first player to repeat as singles champion since Stanford’s Matt Bruch achieved the feat in 2006 and 2007.

In doubles action, USC’s Farah and Steve Johnson held off Washington’s pair of Kyle McMorrow and Jeevan Nedunchiyan to win the match, 8-4. On the other side of the bracket, UCLA’s pair of Amit Inbar and Nick Meister upset Klahn and Thacher, the tournament’s No. 2 seed, 8-6. Farah/Johnson (UCLA) will take on cross town rival of Inbar/Meister (UCLA) on Sunday afternoon.

On the women’s side, top-seed Hilary Barte advanced to the finals where she will take on UCLA’s Yasmin Schnack. Barte defeated Mari Cossou of California in straight sets, 7-5, 6-2. Schnack, a senior from Sacramento, Calif., will take on Stanford’s Hilary Barte. Barte also won in straight sets, winning 6-2, 6-4 against Marina Cossou (California). Barte looks to become the first back-to-back singles winner since Marissa Irvin of Stanford did so in 1999 and 2000.

In doubles action, UCLA’s pair of Schnack and Andrea Remynse were flawless in its 8-0 win over Venise Chan and Lina Xu (Washington), a match which lasted just under 30 minutes. Schnack/Remynse face the top doubles team of Barte and Lindsay Burdette. Barte/Burdette earned the right to advance to tomorrow’s doubles final by taking care of Joyce Ardies and Denise Dy (Washington), 8-5. The women’s doubles pairs the top two seeds in the tournament, No. 1 Barte/Burdette (Stanford) versus No. 2 Remynse/Schnack (UCLA).

The final day of the Pac-10 Tennis Championships begins with the women’s championships singles final at 9:30 a.m., followed by the men’s singles championship finale at approximately 11 a.m. The championship doubles finals will follow with the women taking the court at 12:30 p.m., and the men at approximately 2 p.m.

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