Nov. 1, 2007
COLUMBUS, Ohio - California women's tennis senior Susie Babos advanced to the second round of the 2007 ITA National Indoor Championships today as one of 16 players to win on day one. Defeating UNLV's Elena Gantcheva in three sets (6-2, 4-6, 6-4), Babos will meet Jessica Nguyen of Stanford. Babos qualified as one of 32 players entered into the singles main draw by winning her second consecutive All-American Championship Title in Los Angeles on Oct. 7.
The second-seeded player in the field of 32, Babos took a 6-2 first set win against Gantcheva but had a much more difficult time in the second as Gantcheva played more aggressively. Some unforced errors, including service difficulties by Babos gave Gantcheva the opportunity to take the middle set. The third went Babos' way as she regained control of her serve, serving on point for most of the match. The women's second round will begin on Friday not before 11 a.m.
Fellow senior Cristina Visico is the only other Cal player in the field but was eliminated today in straight sets by LSU's Megan Falcon, 6-3, 6-0. With the first set knotted at three games apiece, the top-seeded Falcon forced Visico into several errors through two close games. However, not able to string enough of the strong points in a row together, Visico dropped the next three games. Falcon got stronger in the second set and hit her way to a 6-0 win. Visico received a berth into the Indoor Championships by reaching the ITA Northwest Regional final where she eventually fell to Stanford's Nguyen. Visico will take part in the consolation bracket on Friday facing Megan Moulton-Levy from William & Mary not before 2 p.m.
For complete results and draws from the 2007 ITA Indoor Championships, visit www.itatennis.com, go to ITA Events and Results and click on National Indoor Champs.
Main Draw Round of 16
(2) CAL Susie Babos vs. STAN Jessica Nguyen - not before 11 a.m.
Consolation Round of 16
CAL Cristina Visico vs. W&M Megan Moulton-Levy - not before 2 p.m.