STANFORD, Calif. – California’s Zsofi Susanyi won to reach the semifinals in both the singles and doubles main draws at the USTA/ITA Northwest Regional Championships on Sunday at Stanford’s Taube Family Tennis Center. The No. 1 seed in singles, Susanyi paired with Golden Bear freshman Denise Starr to advance in the doubles draw as the eighth-seeded team.
In the singles quarterfinals, Susanyi – ranked fourth in the ITA preseason poll – defeated Stanford’s 11th-seeded Taylor Davidson, 6-4, 6-7(5), 6-2. But she was the only Bear to beat a Cardinal player in the quarters, as the 13th-seeded Starr fell to Stanford’s 12th-seeded Caroline Doyle, 6-3, 6-3, and eighth-seeded sophomore Lynn Chi fell to Stanford’s third-seeded Kristie Ahn, 7-6(3), 6-4.
Cal’s three seeded doubles teams all reached the round of 16, but only the tandem of Susanyi and Starr eventually won through to the semifinals. The duo defeated Cal Poly’s Jennifer Cornea/Ane McPike, 8-6, in the round of 16 and then topped the Saint Mary’s team of Jade Frampton and Audrey Leitz, 8-5, in the quarters.
The Bears suffered a shocker in the round of 16, as the tournament’s top-seeded team of Chi and senior Anett Schutting – the 11th-ranked doubles team in the nation – lost to San Jose State’s unseeded team of Marie Klocker and Gaelle Rey, 8-4. The seventh-seeded Cal pair of sophomore Klara Fabikova and freshman Maegan Manasse began the day well, besting Fresno State’s Anne Susdorf/Claire Yang, 8-2, in the round of 16. But the Bears wound up falling to the Stanford’s second-seeded team of Ahn and Carol Zhao, 8-1, in the quarterfinals.
The Bears went 1-2 in the Sunday consolation singles bracket, with Manasse posting a 6-4, 6-1 victory over Fresno State’s Rana Sherif Ahmed. Senior Kelly Chui fell to Stanford’s Lindsey Kotsas, 6-4, 7-5, while junior Cecilia Estlander retired with an injury when down 5-2 in the first set to San Francisco’s Sofia Holmberg.
The main draw doubles semifinals are slated to start at 11 a.m. and the main draw singles semifinals are scheduled for 12:30 p.m. on Monday