No. 9 Bears Host Cal Winter Invite
BERKELEY – The ninth-ranked California women's tennis program returns home to host its annual Cal Winter Invitational from Friday through Sunday at the Hellman Tennis Complex and the Channing Tennis Courts, after the Golden Bears started the season strong in the Weinman Foundation Invitational in Hawaii. The Bears will battle players from Cal Poly, Saint Mary's and Santa Clara for singles and doubles titles in Berkeley, where the first round of matches will start at 10 a.m. each day of the tournament.
Please check here later in the week for the singles and doubles draws.
Admission is free to regular-season tennis matches at the Hellman Tennis Complex and the Channing Tennis Courts.
Cal Athletics follows all state and local public health guidelines to mitigate risk and support the health and well-being of those who attend Cal athletic events. Under these policies, fans attending outdoor events on campus are strongly encouraged to wear facial coverings in outdoor areas. Facial coverings are required at all times in indoor spaces (i.e., restrooms) for guests ages 2 and up regardless of vaccination status, unless actively eating or drinking. Masks will be available at entrances for fans upon request.
Individuals who are experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms or are under a quarantine or isolation order should not attend.
These protocols are subject to change based on local, state and national guidelines.
Fans can follow the action and scores at Hellman via the live stream by clicking here. Live scores and live streams are not available at Channing.
The pair of Cal freshman Jessica Alsola and junior Erin Richardson is ranked 27th in the latest ITA doubles poll, while Valentina Ivanov is ranked 108th and Alsola is ranked 110th in singles. Additionally, Alsola is ranked seventh in the ITA Newcomers poll.
Last Time: Bears Dominant In Hawaii
Cal wrapped up the Weinman Foundation Invitational on Saturday, Jan. 9, capturing 12 of 13 matches on the Bears' final day at the UH Tennis Complex.
The Bears won eight of nine singles matches, including Valentina Ivanov's 7-6(5), 6-2 victory over Hawaii's Lea Romain. Cal had a commanding start to 2022, with seven Bears each going 3-0 in singles over the three-day tournament. The seven included newcomer Katja Wiersholm, who posted a 6-3, 6-3 win over Washington State's Maxine Murphy on Saturday.
The Bears – who went 4-0 in doubles on Saturday – didn't lose a doubles match in Honolulu.
In The Last Cal Winter Invite
Cal's Julia Rosenqvist repeated as the singles champion and teammates Anna Bright and Haley Giavara won the doubles title as the 2020 Cal Winter Invitational ended on Jan. 9.
The Golden Bears won their titles by virtue of going unbeaten at No. 1 singles (Rosenqvist had a 3-0 record) and No. 1 doubles (Bright and Giavara were 3-0), respectively, through the three-day event that included players from Saint Mary's and Cal Poly. Bright captured the Cal Winter Invitational doubles title in three straight seasons with different partners, including Jasie Dunk in 2019 and Julia Rosenqvist in 2018.
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Cal plays its first dual match of the New Year on Jan. 21 at UC Santa Barbara.