Saturday October 12, 2013Women's Tennis Posts Perfect Day at Bedford Cup on Saturday
Olivia Janowicz marched in the doubles final and the singles semifinals on Saturday.
Florida turned in another perfect outing at the Bedford Cup, setting up an all-Gator doubles final, in addition to landing three of the semifinal spots in the singles main draw and another in the semifinals of the consolation singles event during the third day of action at the Ring Tennis Complex.
Two rounds of doubles matches began Saturday’s action and both Gator teams in the field won their respective matches to set up the Orange & Blue affair that kicks-off Sunday’s final day of competition.
Senior Olivia Janowicz (Palm Bay, Fla.) and freshman Stefani Stojic (Melbourne, Australia) will play the rookie tandem of Kourtney Keegan (Roswell, Ga.) and Belinda Woolcock (Melbourne, Australia) for the title beginning at 9 a.m.
That doubles match will precede the semifinals of singles, where top-seeded Janowicz squares off against Keegan in one match and Woolcock takes on South Florida’s Olaya Garrido-Riyas in the other semifinal.
Following a short break, the winners of those matches will play for the main draw championship.
Stojic is the only Gator competing for the consolation singles title and is playing FGCU’s Sarah Means in her semifinal match.
All four Gators reached their respective singles semifinals spot via impressive straight-set victories. Keegan lost just one game in her match, while Stojic dropped two, Janowicz three and Woolcock five en route to a second consecutive perfect day for the Gators.
The Bedford Cup concludes Sunday, when the doubles final will be played at 9 a.m., followed by the semifinals and final matches of the singles main and consolation draws.
Admission is free and parking restrictions are lifted in the Law School lot, located next to the Ring Tennis Complex.
All the Singles Ladies:
· Senior Olivia Janowicz, the top-seed in the 64-player singles draw, faced Bethune-Cookman’s Mina Matsuba in her quarterfinal match and earned the first break in the fourth game to take a 3-1 lead. The two competitors then traded breaks, before Janowicz lost just one point on Matsuba’s next serve and won the final two games of the set to earn the early lead. The two also held serve to begin the second set, but that’s when Janowicz turned up her game and won five straight to close out the 6-2, 6-1 victory. Matsuba opened the season 13-0 prior to Saturday’s loss.
· Belinda Woolcock, the No. 2-seed in the event, squared off against North Florida’s Simona Weymar in her quarterfinal bout. Both competitors held serve on their respective first trip to the baseline and it was Woolcock who struck first with a break in the third game. Weymar managed to hold in the seventh game, but that was all Woolcock would allow, as the Gator rookie took the first set, 6-2. The second set was much more competitive, as the first break of the frame didn’t come until the seventh game, which Woolcock claimed before she held serve for the 5-3 lead. She then earned her second break of the set, capturing the win on her fifth match-point opportunity to take the set 6-3 and the victory.
· Kourtney Keegan raced through her first set against South Florida’s Fanny Fracassi, earning the bagel, 6-0, as the Gator freshman lost just one point on her serve in the final game of the frame. Fracassi held to begin the second, but that was all she would be able to manage during the match, as Keegan’s powerful serve and forehand led her to the 6-0, 6-1 victory.
· Stefani Stojic began her consolation quarterfinal match against FGCU’s Bettina Botha with a break and didn’t look back in the first set, taking it 6-0. The Gator freshman started the second set in similar fashion before holding serve. Both prevented the shutout by holding in the third game, but Stojic won the next two games for a 4-1 lead. Botha earned a break, but Stojic bounced right back with a break of her own and served out for the 6-0, 6-2 victory.
· The top-seeded doubles team of freshmen Kourtney Keegan and Belinda Woolcock came out strong in its quarterfinal match against USF’s Fanny Fracassi and Olaya Garrido-Rivas, earning a break at love to start the match, en route to the bagel win, 8-0. Keegan lost a total of 3 points combined in her 2 service games, while Woolcock showed grittiness in the final service game of the match, as she weathered a break point and held steady to close out the victory on the tandem’s fourth match-point. Keegan and Woolcock returned to the court 15 minutes later for their semifinal bout against USF’s Kayla Rizzolo and Loreto Alonso-Martinez and raced out to a 6-0 lead before the Bulls pair held serve to prevent the shutout. Keegan held in a quick game on her powerful serve and USF managed to hold for the second time for 7-2. Woolcock went to the baseline and served out at love to close the victory, 8-2.
· Senior Olivia Janowicz and freshman Stefani Stojic marched into the semifinals without hitting a ball, as their opponents from Florida A&M withdrew due to injury. The Gators finally took the court against Florida Gulf Coast’s Bettina Botha and Johanna Sterkel, who began the match holding serve. Janowicz held at love and the Gator pair broke for a 2-1 lead. Stojic also held and the Gators broke again, losing just one point and held a 4-1 cushion. The Eagles managed their first break of the contest, but Florida broke right back at love and Stojic lost just one point on her serve for a 6-2 lead, as the Gators held again and earned one final break to complete the victory.
VIDEO: Postmatch interviews with Kourtney Keegan, Stefani Stojic and Olivia Janowicz
· GatorVision Online: http://www.gatorvision.tv/mediaPortal/player.dbml?id=3080520&db_oem_id=6500
· YouTube: http://youtu.be/PZVZxnC6ZoY
Photo Gallery: http://www.gatorzone.com/gallery/?gallery_id=2472
Quotes from the Day:
· “It’s a good feeling. I’m so happy to be wearing orange and blue doing it. I couldn’t be happier.” – senior Olivia Janowicz on collecting her 100th career singles win on Friday
· “It’s going to be a little stressful, we never like playing each other. We get a little more nervous than usual. Playing with Stef (Stojic) is a blast. She’s so funny. When you have someone who is fun to play with, plus who is very talented, it makes it a breeze.” Janowicz on playing Gator teammates in Sunday’s doubles final
· “It’s the best feeling, especially to be playing at home. Seeing all the boosters who came out to see us play today and playing a good match on top of it makes it that much better.” – Janowicz on playing on UF’s home courts
· “It’s a Gator versus Gator final which means a Gator comes out as a winner. I have played my friends before and it’s a fun experience. I’ll go out there and try my best. We play each other in practice so we know what to expect. We’ll just go out there and have fun.” – Kourtney Keegan on playing Gator teammates in Sunday’s doubles final
· “Belinda and I mesh really well. We both have big serves and attack at the net. We just put the pressure on them and won most of the points.” – Keegan today’s doubles matches with Belinda Woolcock
· “I think each day I’m playing a little better. It was a bigger crowd today so that was good. I’m glad they came out and supported us. I’m looking forward to tomorrow.” – Stefani Stojic on Saturday’s matches
· “Each day, it’s getting better and better. I’ve been getting a lot of treatment for it.” – Stefani Stojic on her shoulder
At a Glance: Gator Results Only
2013 Women’s Bedford Cup
Ring Tennis Complex * Gainesville, Fla.
Sat., Oct. 12, 2013
Keegan/Woolcock (UF) d. Fracassi/Garrido-Rivas (USF), 8-0
Rizzolo/Alonso-Martinez (USF) d. Eberhart/Haraldson (UCF), 8-5
Janowicz/Stojic (UF) d. Blackwood/Robinson (FAMU), walkover
Keegan/Woolcock (UF) d. Rizzolo/Alonso-Martinez (USF), 8-2
Janowicz/Stojic (UF) d. Botha/Sterkel (FGCU), 8-3
Olivia Janowicz (UF) d. Mina Matsuba (BCU), 6-2, 6-1
Kourtney Keegan (UF) d. Fanny Fracassi (USF), 6-0, 6-1
Belinda Woolcock (UF) d. Simona Weymar (UNF), 6-2, 6-3
Consolation Singles Quarterfinals
Stefani Stojic (UF) d. Bettina Botha (FGCU), 6-0, 6-2
Compete Agate from Saturday: http://www.gatorzone.com/story.php?id=26457
Updated draws following Saturday’s matches: http://www.gatorzone.com/tennis/women/stats/notes/pre/20131013090000.pdf
The Skinny on the Bedford Cup
· Overview: 64-player singles draw and a 32-team doubles draw; consolation action for first-round singles losers only
· Schools Competing: Bethune-Cookman, Florida, Florida A&M, Florida Gulf Coast, Florida State, North Florida, Stetson, UCF, USF
· Gators Competing: Olivia Janowicz, Kourtney Keegan, Stefanie Stojic, Belinda Woolcock
· Daily Schedule (REVISED WEDNESDAY EVENING):
o Thursday – 9 a.m.: Doubles (1R), followed by Singles (1R) and Singles (Consolation 1R)
o Friday – 9 a.m.: Doubles (2R), followed by Singles (2R, 3R)
o Saturday – 9 a.m.: Doubles (QF, SF) followed by Singles (QF)
o Sunday – 9 a.m.: Doubles (Final) followed by Singles (SF, Final)
· Parking: restrictions in the Law School parking lot, located directly next to the Tennis Complex, is waved and fans may park there free of charge
o Updated a few times each day to www.GatorZone.com
o Updated draws can be viewed each day as a PDF file on the Women’s Tennis Home Page > Schedule > Notes (Pre)
o Twitter updates throughout @GatorZoneTennis and using #BedfordCup
· Olivia Janowicz won her 100th career singles match on Friday and became the 25th Gator to reach the century milestone
· Freshman Stefanie Stojic made her collegiate debut during the tournament
· Both Gator doubles teams were playing together for the first time during the Bedford Cup
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