STANFORD, Calif. – California posted a total of eight victories on the opening day of the USTA/ITA Northwest Regional Championships on Friday at Stanford’s Taube Family Tennis Center. Top-seeded Zsofi Susanyi led the way, as the Golden Bear junior – also ranked fourth in the nation – easily dispatched Santa Clara’s Nicolette Wolny, 6-1, 6-0, in the Women’s Open Singles round of 64.
Second-seeded and fifth-ranked Cal senior Anett Schutting beat Cal Poly’s Emily Gibbens in three sets, 4-6, 6-3, 7-5.
Cal had a total of six seeded players competing in the Women’s Open Singles round of 64, after each seed earned a first-round bye in the round of 128. The six included a pair of sophomores, including 23rd-ranked Klara Fabikova – the seventh seed – who beat Cal Poly’s Kathryn Webb, 6-1, 6-2, and eighth-seeded Lynn Chi – ranked 44th – who defeated Jade Frampton of Saint Mary’s, 6-2, 6-3.
Two Cal freshmen also notched victories, as 13th-seeded Denise Starr posted a 6-3, 6-0, victory over San Francisco’s Sofia Holmberg and 16th-seeded Maegan Manasse upended Gonzaga’s Kylie Peek, 6-1, 6-1.
In the round of 128, junior Cecilia Estlander edged Santa Clara’s Delphine Rouvillois, 7-5, 7-5, before falling in the round of 64 to Portland’s 14th-seeded Maja Mladenovic , 6-4, 6-2. Two Bears fell in the round of 128, as senior Alice Duranteau lost to San Jose State’s Marie Klocker – likewise a France native – 6-0, 6-4, and senior Kelly Chui lost to Pacific’s Iveta Masarova, 6-1, 6-3.
In Women’s Open Doubles, the team of Chui and Estlander beat the Pacific pair of Christiana Ferrari and Regina Suarez, 8-4, in the opening round of 64. All the other Cal doubles teams earned round-of-64 byes as seeds, including the top-seeded duo of Chi and Schutting, seventh-seeded Fabikova and Manasse and eighth-seeded Susanyi and Starr. Cal’s seeded doubles teams will open play at Stanford in Saturday’s round of 32.
The winner of each event at the regional gains automatic entry into the USTA/ITA National Women’s Indoor Championships slated for Nov. 7-10 in New York City.