Sunday October 13, 2013Gators Cap Bedford Cup with Singles and Doubles Titles
Gator teammates squared off three times on Sunday.
Florida senior Olivia Janowicz (Palm Bay, Fla.) won the singles championship and the Gator freshmen duo of Kourtney Keegan (Roswell, Ga.) and Belinda Woolcock (Melbourne, Australia) captured the doubles title at the 2013 Bedford Cup held at the Ring Tennis Complex.
Gator freshman Stefani Stojic (Melbourne, Australia) fell short in her consolation singles semifinal match 6-2, 6-3, to FGCU’s Sarah Means, who went on to win the draw.
In the main singles draw, Janowicz earned a hard-fought 6-4, 6-4 decision against Woolcock in the final, after she defeated Keegan, 6-2, 4-6, 6-3, in the semifinal on Sunday.
On the doubles court, it was Keegan and Woolcock who got the better of teammates Janowicz and Stojic in the all-Gator final, 8-5.
The Gators travel to Athens, Ga., to compete in the USTA/ITA Southeast Regional Championships, Oct. 18-21. The singles and doubles winners of event earn an automatic berth into the USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships, the second leg of the collegiate grand slam.
All the Singles Ladies:
· For the second consecutive match, senior Olivia Janowicz faced a freshman teammate, battling Belinda Woolcock in the championship final. The match more than lived up to its billing as the top-two seeds clashed. Woolcock jumped out early and won the first two games, before Janowicz won four straight games. Neither competitor would hold serve in three of the final four games, as Janowicz emerged on top to take the first frame. Nine of the 10 games in the second set were breaks as the Gator senior was able to hold in the seventh game and that proved to be the difference en route to the 6-4, 6-4 victory.
· In the Gator vs. Gator semifinal, senior Olivia Janowicz squared off against freshman teammate Kourtney Keegan and the veteran showed the composure that the top-seed in the 64-player singles draw should. There were six breaks in the first set and it was Janowicz who seemed to win the big points down the stretch to capture the early lead. Keegan regrouped for the second set and jumped out to a quick 2-0 advantage. Janowicz stormed back and won the next two, but Keegan collected her second break of the set and held for 4-2. Janowicz again won the next two games, before Keegan settled and captured the crucial break in the ninth game and served out to force a third set. The third set was the opposite mirror to the start of the second, as Janowicz jumped out early and Keegan rallied to even it at 2-all. Janowicz held and then earned a break en route to the 5-2 advantage, later serving out for the 6-2, 4-6, 6-3 win.
· Belinda Woolcock, the No. 2-seed in the event, battled USF’s Olaya Garrido-Rivas her semifinal bout that featured two completely different opening sets, as the Gator freshman dominated the first but dropped the second. The third set was a battle and on-serve through six games before the two competitors traded breaks. Woolcock then broke on her first opportunity in the ninth game, but couldn’t close out the win on her serve, as the final three games were breaks and forced a tiebreak. Woolcock and Garrido-Rivas exchanged mini-breaks until the eighth point, where Woolcock jumped on the Bulls’ serve and won two more points for a 6-3 lead en route to the 6-1, 2-6, 7-6 (4) victory.
· Stefani Stojic dropped her consolation singles semifinal match to FGCU’s Sarah Means, 6-2, 6-3. The Gator rookie found herself down a break early and was staring at a 5-1 deficit before she broke Means in the seventh game. Stojic, however, couldn’t hold and Means claimed the frame. Stojic regrouped to start the second set where she jumped out to a 2-0 lead. Means won the next three games before Stojic got the break. Unfortunately, she wasn’t able to hold and Means won the final two games to end the match.
· It was an all-Gator championship match and the top-seeded doubles team of freshmen Kourtney Keegan and Belinda Woolcock edged senior Olivia Janowicz and freshman Stefani Stojic, 8-5. The match featured seven breaks of serve, with each Gator surrendering her respective serve at least one during the competitive match.
Five of the first six games were breaks, with Woolcock the only one able to hold, as she gave the rookie pair the early advantage. She held for a second time and a 5-2 lead. That sparked a three-game run that went according to serve, with Stojic and Keegan following.
The next games were breaks and the final two were holds, as Keegan used her big serve to close out the title victory.
VIDEO: Postmatch interviews with Head Coach Roland Thornqvist and Olivia Janowicz
Photo Gallery: http://www.gatorzone.com/gallery/?gallery_id=2475
Quotes from the Day:
· “It was a fantastic weekend for us. The play today on Sunday was exceptionally good, starting with the doubles final. It was quality tennis. A closely-fought, Gator battle and I thought our two freshmen played outstanding doubles. The singles play, both in the semifinals and the final, the play was outstanding, high-quality. I thought we showed toughness, resilience and also we played against our teammates which can be a little tricky. I thought our players handled that very well.” – head coach Roland Thornqvist on the overall tournament experience
· “Particular for our freshmen, we want to see them play matches. I think we know what we’re going to get out of Olivia and her play was outstanding. I thought when I watched her play at the Duke event last month that she had much more weight on her ball. Here, winning this tournament, beating both Kourtney and Belinda shows you that that’s definitely the case. Her play was fantastic. She’s gotten a lot better from last year.” – Thornqvist on what specifically he saw from the Gators
· “Our freshmen just need to play. They need to play a lot of matches and point. Now, I think we have an idea of their tendencies and what they like to do and we have a lot of little things we can work on.” – Thornqvist on the freshmen
· “I really liked what I saw from our doubles. We played aggressive tennis and were looking to move at the net and those are the things we talk about daily when we do doubles drills. I was happy to see that we were able to execute that in real live-match play.” – Thornqvist on the two doubles teams that played at the event
· “I had a good weekend here. It was obviously really tough playing a teammate. She’s a really good player. She’s had some really good results so far and so I knew going into the match it was going to be tough, but I pulled it out in the end. We both played a really great match. It was fun.” – Olivia Janowicz on defeating teammate Belinda Woolcock in the singles final
· “To play a teammate is different than playing anybody else because sometimes we’re a little bit tougher. We’ll scream, “Come On!” against other people, but here at the end of the day we need to be friends. We can’t have everything out there. We need to be calm and respectful overall. We respect all of our opponents, but we need to be even more mindful of that when you play a teammate. That’s why it’s so hard to play a teammate.” – Janowicz on playing teammates (she also played a teammate in the singles semifinal)
At a Glance: Complete Results from Sunday
2013 Women’s Bedford Cup
Ring Tennis Complex * Gainesville, Fla.
Sun., October 13, 2013
Keegan/Woolcock (UF) d. Janowicz/Stojic (UF), 8-5
Singles Main Draw Semifinals
Olivia Janowicz (UF) d. Kourtney Keegan (UF), 6-2, 4-6, 6-3
Belinda Woolcock (UF) d. Olaya Garrido-Rivas (USF), 6-1, 2-6, 7-6 (4)
Singles Main Draw Final
Olivia Janowicz (UF) d. Belinda Woolcock (UF), 6-4, 6-4
Consolation Singles Semifinals
Marileea Calderon (UNF) d. Brittany Hill (Stetson), walkover
Sarah Means (FGCU) d. Stefani Stojic (UF), 6-2, 6-3
Consolation Singles Final
Sarah Means (FGCU) d. Marileea Calderon (UNF), 6-2, 6-3
Updated final draws following Sunday’s matches: http://www.gatorzone.com/tennis/women/stats/notes/post/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)
· 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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