ATHENS, Ga. - California's 24th-ranked Lynn Chi capped a strong performance in the NCAA Singles Championship round of 16 with a 6-3, 6-2 victory over UCLA's eighth-seeded and eighth-ranked Jennifer Brady in 90-degree heat on Friday at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex.
The sophomore Golden Bear – who claimed ITA All-America status by reaching Friday’s round of 16 – will play North Carolina's top-seeded and top-ranked Jamie Loeb in Saturday's quarterfinal round at 9 a.m. PT/noon ET.
“From the first point of the match she really decided to play the ball early,” Cal head coach Amanda Augustus said of Chi. “Her goal was not to give up the baseline, and then Lynn took advantage of all the shorter balls she got and never let Jenny take control of a point. Lynn’s really been hitting the ball clean all tournament long. It’s just so exciting to see her maturing as a competitor. She’s always had the shots. Now she’s in command and is able to bury those shots when necessary against a particular type of opponent. She made adjustments from the last time when she played Jenny, which was a really close match.
“It is a very exciting victory for the Bears today. It’s also exciting to see Ben (McLachlan in men’s NCAA singles) advance today as well.”
The last time a Bear reached the NCAA singles quarterfinals was in 2012, when then-freshman Zsofi Susanyi reached the semifinals.
NCAA Singles Championship
May 23, 2014, in Athens, Georgia
University of Georgia – Dan Magill Tennis Complex (Feild Courts)
Round of 16
No. 24 Lynn Chi (Cal) def.  No. 8 Jennifer Brady (UCLA) - 6-3, 6-2