PACIFIC PALISADES, Calif. - After day one saw only one seeded player fail to advance out of the first round of singles at the 2010 Riviera/ITA All-American Championships, the trend continued on day two as three seeded players have advanced to the events' semifinals including the nation's No. 1 and No. 2 ranked players.
Riviera is in close proximity to some of the nation's better tennis programs, including the perennial top-ranked clubs of California and Stanford, which just so happen to be home to the top two ranked players in the Campbell/ITA College Tennis Rankings. Top-ranked Jana Juricova and No. 2 Hilary Barte are no strangers to one another as Pac-10 conference foes and may have a chance to meet once again in tomorrow's finals.
However, Juricova must first focus her attention on another common opponent in 5th-seeded Denise Dy of Washington.
Dy, a San Jose, Calif. native who shot up into the upper echelon of college tennis with a fantastic sophomore campaign, has now made the final four at two out of the three major college tennis tournaments. Last year, she made a run to the semifinals of the ITA National Indoor Championships, before falling to Juricova in the semis. However, Dy does own a win over Juricova, coming in the finals of last year's ITA Northwest Regional Championship.
This also marks the second year in a row that a Husky has still been in contention for the national title on the final weekend.
On the other side of the bracket, Barte, who cruised past eighth-seeded Nina Secerbegovic of Baylor in a 6-1, 6-2 blowout, can advance to the finals with a victory over the Big Ten's lone Main Draw entry, Denise Muresan of Michigan, ranked No. 12 in the nation, who has looked very sharp after posting back-to-back straight set wins, one of which came at the hands of Dy's teammate, Venise Chan, the tournament's seventh-seed.
Jana Juricova entered the tournament as a slight favorite after becoming Cal's first ITA National Indoor Champion and Runner-Up in the NCAA Women's Singles Championship last spring.
Juricova defeated Miami's No. 14-ranked Bianca Eichkorn in straight sets, 6-1, 7-6 in the second round. Though Eichkorn forced a second-set tiebreaker, Juricova prevailed, 8-6, to move on to the quarterfinal where she met the sixth seed, No. 8 Kristy Frilling of Notre Dame. There, the third-year Golden Bear won her sixth consecutive set in a 6-4, 6-4 defeat of Frilling.
The two would meet again in doubles play, as the top seeded team in the tournament, No. 1-ranked Juricova and teammate Mari Andersson moved smoothly through the round of 16 as the Bears defeated Notre Dame's 10th-ranked duo of Frilling and Shannon Matthews, 8-6.
Andersson and Juricova draw USC's duo of Valeria Pulido and Alison Ramos where a win puts the Cal tandem into the semifinal against Stanford's third-seeded and No. 3-ranked team of Barte and Mallory Burdette. Barte and Burdette walked over into the semifinal because UCLA's seventh-ranked team of Courtney Dolehide and Andrea Remynse withdrew from the competition.
Singles semifinals will be played on Saturday, Oct. 9, with the championship match set for Sunday, Oct. 10.
The tournament, hosted by the Riviera Tennis Club in Pacific Palisades, Calif. for the 26thconsecutive year kicked off on Saturday, October 2 with six rounds of prequalifying and qualifying singles and doubles leading up to today's main draw competition.
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