STANFORD, Calif. – California’s Zsofi Susanyi was poised to reach the final in both the singles and doubles main draws of the USTA/ITA Northwest Regional Championships on Monday, but it wasn’t to be, as the junior lost in the semifinals of both tournaments at Stanford’s Taube Family Tennis Center.
First, Susanyi paired with freshman teammate Denise Starr to face the Stanford’s 17th-ranked team of Kristie Ahn and Carol Zhao on Monday morning. The Golden Bears fell, 8-2, in the semifinal.
In the afternoon, Susanyi – the fourth-ranked singles player in the nation – battled Ahn – ranked 13th – again in the singles semis. Susanyi lost, 6-0, 6-1.
“Overall we saw some good things,” Cal head coach Amanda Augustus said. “In singles, we had six players in the round of 16, three in the quarters and then Zsofi in the semis. I’m particularly pleased with Lynn (Chi), who played really well and had a great match against Kristie Ahn, who beat Zsofi today.”
Chi, a sophomore ranked 44th in the nation in singles, pushed Ahn in the quarterfinals on Sunday before falling, 7-6(3), 6-4.
“It was great to get the freshmen on the court,” Augustus added. “Denise had a top-10 win in her first tournament. Maegan (Manasse) played quite well as well. Overall it was good for us coaches to see where the entire team was at in a tournament like this. It shows you a lot. We tried some new doubles teams, and that was good. We hadn’t seen the freshmen play doubles in a tournament yet. To see Zsofi and Denise make the semis after not having played together was impressive, and Klara and Maegan made quarterfinals. We were pretty pleased with what we saw.”
Earlier in the singles tournament, in the round of 16, the 13th-seeded Starr upset Stanford’s eighth-ranked and fourth-seeded Krista Hardebeck, 6-1, 6-3.
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. The Bears will wait to see if they earn at-large berths to the indoor tournament, as Susanyi and Anett Schutting – who is currently a senior ranked fifth in singles – did last season.