Oct. 5, 2012
PACIFIC PALISADES, Calif. - Friday proved to be a challenging day in the Riviera/ITA All-American Championships for the Golden Bears, as nationally ranked Zsofi Susanyi and Anett Schutting both suffered upsets in the singles main draw at the Riviera Tennis Club.
Fifth-ranked Susanyi, a sophomore who was also the second seed at the tournament, fell to 37th-ranked qualifier Maho Kowase of Georgia, 6-3, 6-1.
"It was a culmination of things," Cal head coach Amanda Augustus said. "The Georgia player was playing with no pressure against Zsofi, who's a seed. For Zsofi she's getting back into form after not getting a lot of matches over the summer. Zsofi wasn't quite as sharp coming out of yesterday. But she still competed really well. At this point it's good for us to have things to work on to get her ready for the rest of the season."
Schutting, a junior ranked No. 22, lost to Kansas State's 14th-ranked Petra Niedermayerova, 6-4, 6-3, a day after upsetting ninth-ranked and sixth-seeded Emina Bektas of Michigan.
"Anett didn't play quite as well today as yesterday," Augustus said. "Obviously that was a huge win for her yesterday, I think this morning she learned she has to be consistent and be on a to-10 level every day. This was her first experience at this event. Her opponent was smart, but Anett didn't serve as well as she wanted. Anett learned a lot this week. Both Anett and Zsofi are ready to compete."
The second-seeded pair of Annie Goransson and Schutting - which had a first-round bye on Friday - will play Baylor's Ema Burgic-Jordaan Sanford on Saturday at a time TBA in the doubles consolation draw quarterfinals.