PACIFIC PALISADES, Calif. – The second day of main draw competition at the 2017 Riviera/ITA Women’s All-American Championships continued day one’s trend with upsets of seeded players ruling Friday’s play at the Riviera Tennis Club in Pacific Palisades, California.
When the dust settled on the singles draw, Gabriela Talaba of Texas Tech was the lone remaining seed. Talaba, the No. 2 seed, earned her spot in Saturday’s semifinal round with victories over Denver’s Julia O’Loughlin 6-2, 6-4 and Washington’s Stacey Fung 6-4, 7-5. Talaba’s win over O’Loughlin also earned her a spot in November’s Oracle ITA National Fall Championships.
In the semifinals, Talaba will take on Vanderbilt’s Fernanda Contreras, who has advanced all the way from the qualifying draw. The match is scheduled to begin not before 11 a.m. PDT. On Friday, Contreras ousted No. 4 seed Karla Popovic of Cal in straight sets 6-3, 6-3 in the Round of 16, and then took down Jessica Livianu of St. John’s in the quarterfinals 3-6, 6-4, 7-6 (6).
The other singles semifinal pits Andrea Lazaro of Florida International against Aliona Bolsova of Florida Atlantic, with the match commencing at 10 a.m. PDT. Lazaro received the Lucky Loser entry into the main draw, while Bolsova played through the qualifying draw. There have been eight unseeded champions in the history of the ITA Women’s All-American Championships, with North Carolina’s Jamie Loeb the last to do it in 2013.
In addition to Talaba, Contreras, Lazaro and Bolsova, the other singles players to qualify for the Oracle ITA National Fall Championships are Christina Rosco (Vanderbilt), Gabby Smith (USC), Livianu (St. John’s) and Fung (Washington).
In doubles, three of the four remaining teams hail from the ACC. Saturday’s semifinal contests feature Syracuse’s Gabriela Knutson and Miranda Ramirez taking on Duke’s Ellyse Hamlin and Kaitlyn McCarthy, with a start time of not before 12 p.m. PDT. The other Blue Devils team, Kelly Chen and Samantha Harris, face off against Sarah Dvorak and Sabrina Federici, the seventh-seeded team from Texas Tech. That match is slated for not before 1 p.m. PDT.
Updated draws, daily recaps and a photo gallery can be found at the Riviera/ITA Women’s All-American Championships event page. You can also follow the conversation on Twitter by following @ITA_Tennis and using the hashtag #RivieraITA.
Singles quarterfinalists, doubles semifinalists and consolation finalists (singles and doubles) earn automatic entry into the 2017 Oracle ITA National Fall Championships, which take place November 1-5 at the JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort & Spa and the Indian Wells Tennis Garden in Palm Desert, California.