Women's Tennis Trio Selected to NCAA Singles, Doubles Draws
INDIANAPOLIS – Elysia Bolton, Abbey Forbes and Jada Hart of the UCLA women's tennis team were among those selected to the 2021 NCAA Division I Championships individual draws, the NCAA Division I Women's Tennis Subcommittee announced Tuesday.
The singles and doubles tournaments will take place May 23-28 at the USTA National Campus in Orlando, Florida, upon completion of the team championship, which is set for May 16-22. The University of Central Florida and the Greater Orlando Sports Commission will serve as hosts.
All matches shall be the best-of-three sets. No-ad scoring and a 7-point tiebreaker (first to seven points, must win by two points) at six-games-all will be used for all matches. In doubles, a 10-point match tiebreaker will be played in lieu of a third set.
Forbes earned a spot in the singles bracket as one of 13 automatic qualifiers. She is seeded No. 7. The NCAA selection criteria was applied to Pac-12 players slotted in the top 125 of the ITA singles rankings and the sophomore was named the conference's representative. Forbes holds a record of 18-2 and is currently No. 7 in the ITA singles rankings. She is 13-2 versus nationally-ranked opponents, including a 4-0 mark against top-20 foes. Forbes' finest win of the season came March 12, when she knocked off top-ranked Ashley Lahey of Pepperdine, 6-1, 6-4. All but one of her contests has been played on the top court. As one of the tournament's top seeds, Forbes achieved All-America status for the second time in as many years.
Hart received a singles bid for the third time after capturing her final seven decisions, including a 6-2, 6-4 performance versus No. 21 Jessica Failla of Pepperdine on April 14. Hart goes into NCAA play with an 11-2 record. On March 19, Hart collected win No. 200 of her career. She is 94-39 in singles play over five seasons and sits in 11th place on the program's career wins list (since 1991). Hart reached the quarterfinal round of the 2019 NCAA singles tournament.
Bolton and Hart are set to make their second doubles appearance after previously advancing to the second round in 2019. The pair began 2021 as the nation's top-ranked tandem according to ITA and currently sits at No. 59 – tops in the Pac-12. They earned an automatic qualification. Bolton and Hart are 4-2 this season and 52-14 since joining forces for the first time in 2018. They took home the title at the 2019 Oracle/ITA National Fall Championships.