BERKELEY – California’s Klara Fabikova opened her spring singles season by shutting out her Cal Poly opponent and leading the Golden Bears to a 12-0 mark on Saturday in the Cal Winter Invitational at the Hellman Tennis Complex. Cal has won 23 of 24 matches over the first two days of its tournament, which concludes on Sunday.
A talented sophomore on eighth-ranked Cal’s deep roster, Fabikova entered the 2013-14 season ranked 23rd in the ITA’s preseason poll, after ending the 2012-13 season ranked No. 30. While she is not ranked in the current poll, Fabikova has posted an 8-5 singles record this season, which has included runs to the rounds of 16 at the Riviera/ITA All-American Championships and the USTA/ITA Northwest Regional Championships and to the final of the Cal Nike Invitational.
Fabikova hadn’t played a collegiate singles match in more than two months before posting a 6-0, 6-0 victory over Cal Poly’s Ane McPike on court six at Hellman on Saturday. A product of Brno, Czech Republic, she later teamed with sophomore Lynn Chi to record Cal’s first doubles win, an 8-4 result against the Saint Mary’s pair of Jade Frampton and Liz Searl on Hellman’s court three. The second-year Bears also won in doubles on the first day of the Winter Invitational.
“It was really good,” Fabikova said of her singles match. “I was really excited to play. I played some practice matches back home (over winter break), so even though I hadn’t played that much before the tournament, I was still ready to play, and I really enjoyed being out there today.”
Before winter break, Cal head coach Amanda Augustus reunited the doubles team of Fabikova and Chi in the ASU Thunderbird Invitational, at which the two Bears posted a 1-1 record. Last season, the then-freshmen notched an 8-1 record before Fabikova teamed for much of the rest of the way with current junior Zsofi Susanyi; the latter pair ended the year with a No. 42 ITA ranking.
For now, Fabikova is collaborating with Chi again, and the duo is 3-1 this season.
“It’s nice playing with her since we’re kind of close; we’re both the same year,” Fabikova said. “It’s always fun playing doubles with Lynn.”
On Saturday, Cal also collected two other 8-4 wins over the Gaels, as the 48th-ranked team of Susanyi and freshman Denise Starr defeated Jenny Jullien/Parminder Kaur on court two and senior Anett Schutting/freshman Maegan Manasse prevailed over Danielle Flores/Jamie Pawid on court one.
Cal had a total of six singles wins over Cal Poly at Hellman, as the 16th-ranked Susanyi easily dispatched Cal Poly’s Mika Padmanabhan, 6-1, 6-1, the 95th-ranked Chi earned a 6-0, 6-3 victory over Kathyrn Webb, the 31st-ranked Manasse topped Zoe Oedekerk, 6-3, 6-1, the 15th-ranked Starr beat Emily Gibbens, 6-4, 6-3, and the 26th-ranked Schutting beat Jennifer Cornea, 7-6 (5), 6-1.
The Bears won all three of their matches at the Channing Tennis Courts: senior Kelly Chui beat Cal Poly’s Bryn Bacharach, 6-2, 6-0, senior Alice Duranteau defeated Sayaka Tsugai, 6-2, 6-1, and junior Cecilia Estlander beat Fresno State’s Anneka Watts, 6-4, 6-3, in Cal’s last match of the day.