Oct. 13, 2012
MORAGA, Calif. - Two California duos play in Sunday finals and three Golden Bears play in the top flight singles semifinals after a successful Saturday in the Saint Mary's Invitational held at the Timothy Korth Tennis Complex on the Saint Mary's campus and at the Moraga Country Club. Cal junior Alice Duranteau plays freshman teammate Klara Fabikova in one semifinal and freshman Lynn Chi plays in the other Red Flight Singles semi.
Fabikova and Duranteau play in different doubles semifinals on the third day of the event.
In Red Singles, the third-seeded Fabikova made short work of Gonzaga's Prue Teitzel, 6-2, 6-0, in the round of 16 and likewise beat Santa Clara's Kelly Lamble, 6-2, 6-0, in the quarterfinal to advance to meet Duranteau. The Paris, France, native, stormed out to a 6-0 first-set win in a round of 16 match against Washington's Andjela Nemcevic, but the Husky won the next set, 6-1. Duranteau prevailed in the third, 7-5. She then endured another tough three-set match - 6-4, 6-7 (9), 6-3 - against Saint Mary's Audrey Leitz in the quarterfinals to earn the right to meet her teammate at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday.
The fourth seed in Red Singles, Chi defeated Gonzaga's Katie Edwards, 6-2, 7-6 (3), in the round of 16 and then beat Danielle Flores of Saint Mary's, 2-6, 6-2, 6-2, in the quarterfinals.
In the White Singles draw, junior Kelly Chui lost just three games on Saturday on the way to a semifinal berth. She topped Cal Poly's Kathryn Webb, 6-1, 6-0, in the round of 16 and then beat Liz Searl of Saint Mary's, 6-2, 6-0, in the quarters. The round of 16 was less kind to Cal sophomore Laura Posylkin, who fell to Washington's Natali Coronel, 6-2, 6-3.
In doubles, the second-seeded pair of Fabikova-Chi knocked off Santa Clara's Lamble-Maggie McGeorge, 8-3, to reach the Red final, slated for 9 a.m. on Sunday. In White Doubles, second-seeded Duranteau-Posylkin surged past Pacific's Iveta Masarova-Regina Suarez, 8-2, in the semi to book a spot in Sunday's 9 a.m. final.
The three-day invitational ends on Sunday.