Berkeley, Calif. ?- Arizona junior Stephanie Balzert will compete in the final round of California’s Nike Invitational, following her two victories on Saturday. The other two Wildcats on the trip, freshman Camelia Todorova and junior Iza Ferreira, were defeated in the open singles bracket in the rounds of 16 and 32, respectively.
Balzert defeated Arizona State’s Rebecca Rankin 6-2, 4-6, 6-0 in the quarterfinals. In the semifinals, Balzert faced off against Rankin’s teammate Wendy Pilecka. Balzert defeated Pilecka, the third seed in the single’s bracket, 6-4, 3-6, 7-5. Balzert’s championship match berth is the first for any Wildcat in a non-consolation bracket this fall.
Todorova entered the day in the consolation bracket after a victory and a loss in the opening day. Todorova defeated Arizona State’s Lauren Colalillo 2-6, 6-1, 6-0 in the quarterfinals, before losing to the top-seeded Sasha Podkolzina of Cal 2-6, 6-1, 6-0 in the semifinals.
Also in the consolation bracket, Ferreira lost to Cal’s Brooke Borisoff 7-6 (4), 6-4, in her quarterfinal match. Following the loss to Borisoff, Ferreira defeated UC Davis’ Ashley Lehman 6-2, 6-1 in a round robin match.
The pair of Todorova and Ferreira will compete Sunday in the doubles bracket. The two lost to Arizona State’s Vana Tomas and Texas’ Kelly Baritot 8-5 in the round of 16.
Women's Open Singles (Quarterfinals)
Balzert, Stephanie (UA) def Rankin, Rebecca (ASU) 6-2; 4-6; 6-0
Women's Open Singles (Semifinals)
Balzert, Stephanie (UA) def Pilecka, Wendy (ASU) 6-4; 3-6; 7-5
Main Draw Singles Consolations (Quarterfinals)
Borisoff, Brooke (CAL) def Ferreira, Iza (UA) 7-6(4); 6-4
Singles Consolation II (Quarterfinals)
Todorova, Camelia (UA) def Lauren Colalillo (ASU) 2-6; 6-1; 6-0
Singles Consolation II (Semifinals)
Podkolzina, Sasha (CAL) def Camelia Todorova (UA) 6-3;6-1
Singles Consolation RR ?- (Round Robin 1)
Ferreira, Iza (UA) def Lehman, Ashley (UCD) 6-2; 6-1