Jada Bui Completes Roland-Garros Debut
BERKELEY – Cal women's tennis freshman Jada Bui completed her first run in the junior French Open on Tuesday, with the Canadian playing in singles and doubles at Roland-Garros.
"We're really proud anytime a member of Cal women's tennis competes in a Grand Slam, whether it's in a junior event or the professional event," Cal head coach Amanda Augustus said. "We're really excited to see Jada get to complete most of her 2020 goals, which included playing in the Australian Open and in the French Open. Getting this opportunity in France was well-deserved and well-earned."
Bui had also hoped to play in the Wimbledon and U.S. Open junior events, but they were canceled due to the pandemic.
"Jada did a great job representing the Golden Bears at this event," Augustus added, "and we look forward to having her compete in her Blue & Gold attire soon."
One of the few U.S. college freshmen playing in the prestigious clay-court tournament, Bui paired with Italian Matilde Paoletti in doubles on Tuesday in Paris. The duo fell to the seventh-seeded pair of Slovakia's Romana Cisovska and the Czech Republic's Linda Fruhvirtova in the first round, 6-2, 6-2.
Bui faced France's Flavie Brugnone in the singles round of 64 on Sunday, with the 18-year-old Golden Bear falling in a close match, 6-4, 7-6(6).
"It was definitely an opportunity of a lifetime, and I am so thankful that I got to come here and compete," Bui said from Paris. "Being surrounded by not only the best juniors in the world but the best pros in the world is an amazing experience that not everyone gets to have. It wasn't the outcome I was looking for.
"But one tournament doesn't define me as a player, and I'm just going to go back home and gear up mentally and physically for Cal. It was an experience that I'll never forget, but many lessons were learned, and that's all that matters. I hope to come back here one day and play in the women's French Open."