Florida’s Allie Will Reaches Singles and Doubles Main Draw Final
Gators have a chance to claim all four title matches on Sunday
All four draws are down to the final match at the 2011 ITA/Riviera Women’s All-American Championships, and the Florida Gators are set up for a historic day. With a player in the main draw and consolation singles final, along with a duo in the main draw and consolation doubles final, Florida has the potential to pull off a Sunday sweep.
The main draw singles final will feature Arizona State’s Jacqueline Cako taking on No. 2 seed Allie Will. Cako was determined not to suffer a letdown after knocking off top seed Jana Juricova in the quarterfinals, and she toughed out a 6-4, 7-5 victory over Kansas State’s Petra Niedermayerova. The Wildcat sophomore came into the match having not dropped a set, but she was no match for the scorching Sun Devil. Cako is trying to follow in the footsteps of former Arizona State player Kelcy McKenna, who won the 2008 singles title at the Riviera Tennis Club. Will moved on to the final after taking care of qualifier Robin Anderson of UCLA. Will has still not surrendered a set in the tournament.
Will and doubles partner Sofie Oyen, seeded No. 3, also advanced to the championship match in the doubles main draw. The Gator tandem started the day by blanking Ekaterina Morozova and Dylan Windom of Kansas 8-0. They followed that performance with a comprehensive semifinal victory, taking out the No.2 seeds Linda Abu Mushrefova and Nida Hamilton of Northwestern 8-3. Stanford’s Mallory Burdette, who won the doubles title last year with Hilary Barte, and Nicole Gibbs are the opponents for Oyen and Will in the finals. Burdette and Gibbs shocked the No. 1 seeds Josipa Bek and Keri Wong of Clemson 8-5 in the quarterfinals before cruising past Georgia’s Nadja Gilchrist and Chelsey Gullickson 8-1. Burdette is trying to become just the third player in the event’s history to win the doubles championship multiple times, while Will is looking to become just the fifth athlete ever to win the singles and doubles title in the same year.
By virtue of reaching the finals, both teams receive automatic entry into the National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships. The National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships will be held Nov. 3-6 in Flushing, N.Y., at the USTA-Billie Jean King National Tennis Center.
Another Florida vs. Stanford match-up will take place in the consolation singles final, as Joanna Mather will take on Mallory Burdette. Each player dropped a mere four games in the semifinals. Mather breezed by in-state foe Anna Bartenstein of Miami 6-4, 6-0, while Burdette eased past fellow Pac-12 player Denise Dy of Washington 6-0, 6-4. Mather will also have the chance to claim the consolation doubles crown, as she and partner Lauren Embree have not been tested en route to the finals. The duo will take on Virginia’s Lindsey Hardenbergh and Erin Vierra. The Cavalier pair knocked off another SEC East team, Joanna Henderson and Natalie Pluskota of Tennessee, 8-6 in the semifinals. The consolation winners in both singles and doubles will also receive direct entry into the National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships.
Schedule for Championship Sunday
Consolation Doubles Final: 8:00 am PST
Consolation Singles Final: 9:30 am PST
Main Draw Singles Final: 11:00 am PST
Main Draw Doubles Final: Not Before Noon PST