Amanda Fink Reaches Singles Final In Las Vegas|
Jan. 13, 2008
USC junior Amanda Fink has powered her way to the singles final at the Freeman Memorial in Las Vegas, topping four straight tough opponents in two days of action. Fink is up against UNC's Katrina Tsang today in the championship match, set to be held at noon.
Amanda Fink's road to the final began with a three-set comeback, topping Florida's Nastia Reyzina 2-6, 6-4, 6-2. Next up for the Trojan was Kirsten Flower of Georgia Tech, whom Fink cruised past 6-1, 6-2 to move into the quarterfinals. There, Fink squared off against Stanford's Jessica Nguyen - the No. 3 seed in the tournament - and pinned up an other straight-set victory with a 6-3, 6-2 win. In the semifinals, Fink maintained momentum and tacked up an identical decision, beating Florida's Csilla Borsanyi 6-3, 6-2 to punch her ticket to the final.
Also competing in Las Vegas this week has been freshman Cristala Andrews and sophomore Sarah Fansler. Andrews took on a powerful seventh-seeded Megan Alexander of Florida to open the freshman's 2008 campaign as a Trojan, and fell 6-1, 6-0 to move into the singles consolation action. Andrews retired from her consolation match against UNLV's Katy Alexander.
Meanwhile, Fansler - who had been sidelined for much of the fall due to injury - returned to her game by flipping from an 0-6 loss in the first set against UCLA's Elizabeth Lumpkin to go ahead and take the match 0-6, 7-5, 7-5 in the first round. In the Round of 16, Fansler came up the tournament's No. 4 seed, winning the first in a tiebreaker but falling in the match to fourth-seeded Whitney McCray of Georgia Tech 6-7, 6-4, 6-4.
In doubles play, Fink and Andrews teamed up for the first time this season. They opened their run together with an upset of the tournament's No. 4 seed, Alexander/Borsanyi of Florida, with an 8-4 win. In the quarterfinals the next day, however, Fink/Andrews fell 8-1 to Stanford's Nguyen/Deason.
FREEMAN MEMORIAL (Las Vegas, Nev.
FLIGHT ONE SINGLES ROUND ONE Jan. 11 (1) Amanda McDowell (GT) def. Alex McGoodwin (UCLA) 7-6, 6-1 Katrina Tsang (UNC) def. Celine Rolly (UO) 5-7, 7-6, 6-3 (7) Megan Alexander (UF) def. Christy Andrews (USC) 6-1, 6-0 Celia Durkin (STAN) def. Katy Williams (UNLV) 6-1, 6-2 (4) Whitney McCray (GT) def. Laila Abdala (ASU) 4-6, 6-0, 6-1 Sarah Fansler (USC) def. Elizabeth Lumpkin (UCLA) 0-6, 7-5, 7-5 (6) Elena Gantcheva (UNLV) def. Anna Powaska (UO) 6-2, 6-3 Whitney Deason (STAN) def. Kelcy McKenna (ASU) 0-6, 6-2, 6-3 Amanda Fink (USC) def. Nastia Revzina (UF) 2-6, 6-4, 6-2 Kirsten Flower (GT) def. (5) Yasmin Schnack (UCLA) 6-3, 3-6, 6-2 Kristina Nedeltcheva (UNLV) def. Micaela Hein (ASU) 7-6, 7-5 (3) Jessica Nguyen (STAN) def. Laura Reichart (UNC) 6-3, 4-6, 6-3 Hillary Barte (STAN) def. Austin Smith (UNC) 6-3, 6-3 (8) Nadia Abdala (ASU) def. Carmen Seremeta (UO) 6-1, 6-1 Csilla Borsanyi (UF) def. Ashley Joelson (UCLA) 2-6, 7-6, 7-5 (2) Kristi Miller (GT) def. Wendy Pilecka (ASU) 6-2, 6-1