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Amy Jensen (left) with
last year's doubles
partner Amanda Augustus.

 

Jensen Captures Stead Open

She beats Stanford's Bleszynski in finals.

August 10, 1998

Things just keep on rolling for members of the California women's tennis team. After winning the 1998 NCAA doubles championship with partner Amanda Augustus in May, Cal's Amy Jensen went out and added the Stead Open women's singles title to her list of accomplishments with a 6-2, 2-6, 6-4 victory over '98 NCAA singles finalist Ania Bleszynski of Stanford.

The victory avenged an earlier loss to Bleszynski, who had defeated Jensen during intercollegiate play.

The match began impressively for Jensen, who opened the final by cruising to victory in the first set. But Bleszynski, who just completed her senior season at Stanford, rallied back with four service breaks to take the second set knotting things up at one set all.

The third and deciding set turned out to be a microcosm of the match as the two players continued to battle the heat at the Moraga Country Club. Jensen again started fast and appeared to recaptured the momentum of the match early as the Cal junior-to-be sprinted out to a commanding 4-2 lead. But once again, it was Bleszynski, who fought off three break points in the seventh game, bouncing back to even the set at 4-4.

But Jensen ended any potential comeback right there, breaking Bleszynski serve in the ninth game and not losing a point on her serve to capture the title.

"I was up 4-2 and I had three break points and that was the opportunity that I kind of let fly," said the victorious Jensen. "But when that happens, you just have to stay in the now and not think about the past."

Next up for Jensen, however, will be a chance to savor some of her accomplishments as she and Augustus will be treated by Rolex Watch U.S.A. and Tennis Magazine to a weekend in New York as members of the 1998 Rolex Collegiate All-Star Team. The weekend will be highlighted by a special luncheon at the West Side Tennis Club where individual awards will be presented by tennis legend Stan Smith.


 


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