Nov. 6, 2012
BERKELEY - California's Anett Schutting and Zsofi Susanyi will play in the prestigious USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships in New York this week, while the rest of the Golden Bears compete in the Arizona State Thunderbird Invitational. The fifth-ranked Susanyi, a sophomore, and the No. 22 Schutting, a junior, earned at-large berths to take part in the national tournament that runs from Thursday, Nov. 8, through Sunday, Nov. 11. The ASU tournament runs from Friday through Sunday at the Whiteman Tennis Center in Tempe, Ariz.
Columbia is the host of the national indoor tournament, held at the USTA Billie Jean National King Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows, N.Y. The annual event features a 32-player singles draw and a 20-team doubles draw for men and women.
Jana Juricova won the singles title in 2009, beating Georgia Tech's Irina Falconi, 6-4, 7-6 (4), but failed in her bid to repeat in 2010, falling to USC's Maria Sanchez, 6-2, 3-6, 6-4. Suzi Babos - another former Cal great, reached the 2004 final, losing to Miami's Megan Bradley, 6-2, 6-2.
In doubles, the Cal duo of Claire Curran and Amy Jensen won the 2000 title, beating, Arizona's Lindsay Blau and Michelle Gough.
This is the third year for the USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships to be held at the home of the U.S. Open. Ken Thomas of RadioTennis.com will be on site throughout the week starting Thursday, providing a live broadcast beginning at 7:15 a.m. PT/10:15 a.m. ET each day.
For complete coverage of the 2012 USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships, including access to draws, live scores and more, please visit the official ITA event page. Follow the ITA on Twitter - @ITAtennis - for updates and news from Flushing.
Last Time at the Indoor Championships
Top-ranked and No. 1-seeded California women's tennis senior Jana Juricova made her way to the singles quarterfinal of the 2011 USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships on Nov. 4, 2011, at USTA-Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, but fell, in three sets, to fourth-ranked Denise Dy of Washington, 7-5, 2-6, 6-3.
It was the sixth meeting between Dy and Juricova, as the Husky senior evened the head-to-head record at three all. With Juricova's exit, Dy became only one of two remaining seeded players in the tournament. Second-seeded Nicole Gibbs of Stanford also advanced to the semifinals.
Earlier in the day, Juricova defeated USC's Zoe Scandalis, in straight sets, 6-3, 6-3, to advance.
Last Time at the ASU Thunderbird Invitational
In an all-Cal final, Susanyi posted her 13th victory of the fall - her sixth in a row - by stunning Davis with a 6-0, 6-2 result. She finished her first tournament season with the Bears with a 13-2 singles mark and tied top-ranked senior Jana Juricova for team-high honors, with 13 wins.
After her elimination from the main draw, freshman Cecilia Estlander responded to win her next eight consecutive sets and claimed the Sparky Draw consolation crown. Estlander became the sixth Bear to reach double-digit singles victories with a 6-3, 6-3, win over Laura Claus of San Diego in the consolation final.
In doubles matches, Cal's 53rd-ranked team of junior Annie Goransson and sophomore Anett Schutting captured an 8-3 win over Northwestern's duo of Kate Turvy and Brittany Wowchuk. In two Cal-Michigan match-ups, Kristen Dodge and Sarah Lee defeated Davis and Estlander, 8-3; and Mimi Nguyen and Michelle Sulahian took out Alice Duranteau and Susanyi, 8-2.
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