May 21, 2013
URBANA, Ill. - A trio of Golden Bears will extend the women's tennis season for California, as Zsofi Susanyi, Anett Schutting and Klara Fabikova begin play in the NCAA Singles Championship on Wednesday, May 22, at the Khan Outdoor Tennis Complex. Susanyi, a sophomore who reached the singles semifinals last year, is the No. 5 seed and Schutting, a junior, is the No. 8 seed in the 64-player tournament that concludes on Monday, May 27.
Both Susanyi and Schutting recently earned All-Pac-12 first-team honors, while Fabikova, a freshman, claimed conference second-team status as well as the regional ITA Northwest Player to Watch honor. Each will start the singles tournament in a different section of the bracket.
Susanyi's plays Mississippi's 45th-ranked Caroline Rohde-Moe at noon PT on Wednesday. Ranked fifth in the latest ITA poll, Susanyi has produced a 31-5 singles record so far, including wins in the NCAA team tournament against Stony Brook's Jackie Altansarnai, 6-1, 6-2, Alabama's Maya Jansen, 6-3, 4-6, 6-3, and Florida's No. 51 Alexandra Cercone, 6-1, 6-1.
Defending NCAA singles champ Nicole Gibbs of Stanford is in Susanyi's side of the bracket.
Schutting, who reached the NCAA singles quarterfinals last season, plays Rice's 41st-ranked Natalie Beazant at 8:30 a.m. PT on Wednesday in the first round. In the NCAA team tournament, the eighth-ranked Bear defeated Stony Brook's No. 124 Nina Lagvilava, 6-2, 6-4, beat Alabama's No. 34 Mary Anne Macfarlane, 6-3, 7-6(1), and fell to Florida's No. 1 Lauren Embree, 6-2, 6-0, to run her record to 36-14.
Fabikova - ranked 43rd by the ITA - opens the singles tournament with a first-round clash with North Carolina's 39th-ranked Whitney Kay at 10 a.m. PT on Wednesday. A product of Brno, Czech Republic, Fabikova has been impressive in her debut season as a Bear, compiling a 38-9 record that includes a 6-1, 6-1, singles victory over Auburn's Emily Flickinger, a 6-2, 0-6, 6-3, win over Alabama's No. 36 Alexa Guarachi and a 7-5, 6-4, 7-5, upset of Florida's No. 17 Sofie Oyen in the NCAA team championship.