FLUSHING MEADOWS, N.Y./TEMPE, Ariz. – California’s Zsofi Susanyi ended her run in the USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships on Friday, while her Golden Bear teammates began play in the ASU Thunderbird Invitational 2,400 miles away.
A junior ranked fourth nationally and seeded second in the consolation singles draw, Susanyi fell to Georgia State’s 37th-ranked Abigail Tere-Apisah, 6-3, 6-2, at the USTA Billie Jean National King Tennis Center.
At the Whiteman Tennis Center at Arizona State, Cal’s top-seeded senior Anett Schutting won twice in singles to reach Saturday’s quarterfinals. Schutting, who’s ranked fifth in the ITA preseason singles poll, beat Michigan’s Kristen Dodge, 6-3, 6-1, in the round of 32 and then topped BYU’s Mayci Jones, 6-1, 6-4, in the round of 16.
A total of five Bears advanced to the singles quarterfinals, including third-seeded Klara Fabikova, fourth-seeded Lynn Chi, freshman Maegan Manasse and freshman Denise Starr. Fabikova, a sophomore ranked 23rd, started the tournament with a 6-0, 6-3 victory over Kansas State’s Livia Cirnu and in the round of 16 beat BYU’s Nicolette Tran, 2-6, 6-0, 6-0. Chi, a sophomore ranked 44th, defeated Michigan’s Sara Remynse, 6-2, 4-6, 6-2, and then Kansas State’s Palma Juhasz, 6-0, 6-2.
Starr opened with a 6-1, 6-0, win over Kansas State’s Maria Panaite in the round of 32 and shut out Michigan’s Amy Zhu, 6-0, 6-0, in the round of 16. Manasse topped BYU’s Toby Miclat, 6-4, 6-1, and followed with a victory after ASU’s Desirae Krawczyk retired with Manasse leading 4-6, 6-3, 1-0.
Two Bears fell in the singles round 32, as senior Alice Duranteau lost to Michigan’s Laura Ucros, 3-6, 6-1, 6-0, and junior Cecilia Estlander dropped a 6-1, 6-2 match to Kansas State’s second-seeded and 12th-ranked Petra Niedermayerova. Kelly Chui got past Kansas State’s Amina St. Hill, 6-0, 6-2, to reach the round of 16, but the Cal senior then lost to ASU’s Stephanie Vlad, 6-3, 6-3.
Duranteau and Estlander moved to the consolation singles bracket – or Sparky Bracket – with both Bears winning their first-round matches. Estlander topped ASU’s Kassidy Jump, 7-5, 6-3, while Duranteau beat Kansas State’s Iva Bago, 6-0, 6-2.
In doubles, three of the four Cal teams won their first matches of the round-robin event. The duo of Schutting and Manasse beat ASU’s Jump/Leighann Sahagun, 8-5; Fabikova/Chi topped KSU’s Niedermayerova/Panaite, 8-2; and Chui/Starr dominated Michigan’s Ucros/Zhu, 8-1. Duranteau/Estlander fell, 8-2, to BYU’s Miclat/Tran.
The ASU Thunderbird Invitational concludes on Sunday.