BERKELEY – Eighth-ranked California’s Anett Schutting capped a strong tournament by capturing both the singles and doubles titles as the Cal Winter Invitational came to a close on Sunday at the Hellman Tennis Complex. The Golden Bear senior, ranked No. 26 nationally in singles, finished with a 3-0 singles record and with freshman teammate Maegan Manasse posted a 3-0 doubles mark in Cal’s round-robin event.
Cal won eight of nine matches on Sunday and ended the three-day Cal Winter Invitational, which did not feature head-to-head team action, by winning a total of 31 of 33 matches. The event included Saint Mary’s, which is ranked 37th in the ITA’s team poll, 56th-ranked Fresno State and unranked Cal Poly.
“It ended up being a terrific weekend,” Cal head coach Amanda Augustus said. “We were able to get lots of match play in both singles and doubles. We had different levels of opponents to play against, and that was good, too, on adjusting our games to different types of opponents. I was pleased with what I saw this weekend. Everyone got to compete, so that was great.”
On Sunday, the Bears opened with four doubles matches at Hellman, with the duo of Schutting and Manasse defeating Fresno State’s Aishwarya Agrawal and Sophie Watts, 8-3, on court one. The 48th-ranked team of Cal freshman Denise Starr and junior Zsofi Susanyi held off an FSU team, 8-5, on court two, while Cal sophomores Klara Fabikova and Lynn Chi topped a Bulldgos pair, 8-2. Cal also played one match against Cal Poly, with senior Kelly Chui and junior Cecilia Estlander handling the Mustangs’ Bryn Bacharach and Mika Padmanabhan, 8-5.
Augustus was pleased with the play of her doubles teams, which the Cal coaches tinkered with late in the fall. She expects to keep the same combinations for the time being.
“I’m pretty happy with what I see with these teams,” she said. “We’re going to work on some stuff with each of them in practice this week and try to build them from there.”
In singles, Cal played Saint Mary’s, though seventh-ranked Gael Jenny Jullien withdrew from an expected court one match vs. Schutting. Fabikova started singles with a 6-0, 6-4, victory over Liz Searl on court five, and then No. 95 Chi beat Jade Frampton, 6-1, 6-1, on court three. Schutting played on court one for the second consecutive day and topped Parminder Kaur, 6-2, 6-1, and then, in an upset, the 16th-ranked Susanyi fell to Jamie Pawid, 6-0, 6-4. Manasse, ranked 31st, won her first set against Catherine Leduc, 6-4, but wound up trailing, 2-5, in the second set. The first-year Bear rebounded to win five straight games to take the match, 6-4, 7-5.
Over the course of the tournament, Susanyi – arguably the Bears’ best player and an All-American the past two years – suffered Cal’s only two losses, both in singles.
“I’m disappointed that I lost, but at the same time I know what I have to work on,” Susanyi said. “It’s good that it’s the beginning of the spring season and I can build up from this.”
“Zsofi is a player who plays better the more practice she has and the more matches she plays,” Augustus said. “I definitely think she made some good progress this weekend. She’s a hard worker. I have no doubt that she’ll bounce back and be ready to go next weekend.”
“This tournament was a good check in to see where we’re at,” Augustus added. “The coaches are going to sit down and see what we have to work on to get better for next weekend, and we’re just excited to look ahead to our first dual matches.”
Cal returns to action when it hosts an ITA Kick-Off Weekend event from Friday to Saturday, Jan. 24-25, with Washington, UNLV and Santa Clara joining the Bears in Berkeley. Augustus’ squad plays the Broncos at 10 a.m. in its first dual match of the season, with UNLV facing the Huskies at 1 p.m. on Friday. The two losing teams face off at 10 a.m. on Saturday, and the two winning teams play at 1 p.m. for the right to advance to the ITA National Women’s Team Indoor Championship.
Cal Winter Invitational
Sunday, Jan. 19
Sunday Singles -- Round Robin 1 CAL Anett Schutting d. SM Parminder Kaur 6-2;6-1 SM Jamie Pawid d. CAL Zsofi Susanyi 6-0;6-4 CAL Lynn Chi d. SM Jade Frampton 6-1;6-1 CAL Maegan Manasse d. SM Catherine Leduc 6-4;7-5 CAL Klara Fabikova d. SM Liz Searl 6-0;6-4 FS Sophie Watts d. CP Jennifer Cornea 6-2;6-1 CP Emily Gibbens d. FS Aishwarya Agrawal 6-0;6-2 FS Anne Susdorf d. CP Mika Padmanaban 6-3;7-6(0) FS Sofya Malysheva d. CP Zoe Oedekerk 7-5;6-1 CP Kathryn Webb d. FS Anneka Watts 6-3;6-2 FS Claire Yang d. CP Ane McPike 6-3;6-2 CP Bryn Bacharach d. FS Tanya Murtagh 7-6(4);6-3;1-0(4)
Sunday Doubles -- Round Robin 1 CAL Anett Schutting - CAL Maegan Manasse d. FS Aishwarya Agrawal - FS Sophie Watts 8-3 CAL Denise Starr - CAL Zsofi Susanyi d. FS Sofya Malysheva - FS Tanya Murtagh 8-5 CAL Klara Fabikova - CAL Lynn Chi d. FS Anneka Watts - FS Claire Yang 8-2 CAL Cecilia Estlander - CAL Kelly Chui d. CP Bryn Bacharach - CP Mika Padmanaban 8-5 CP Ane McPike - CP Jennifer Cornea d. SM Jenny Jullien - SM Parminder Kaur 7-5 SM Danielle Flores - SM Jamie Pawid d. CP Emily Gibbens - CP Zoe Oedekerk 6-0 SM Jade Frampton - SM Liz Searl d. CP Kathryn Webb - CP Sayaka Tsugai 6-4