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Saturday, February 8, 2020

UNC, Duke, UCLA and Stanford Reach ITA Women's Team Indoor Semifinals; Kudla, Rogers and Ritschard Make USTA Pro Circuit Finals

Conference rivals will square off Sunday in the semifinals of the ITA Division I Women's Team Indoor Championships, with three of the top four seeds advancing to the final four.

UNC's Alexa Graham and Sara Daavettila defeated NC State's Alana Smith
and Anna Rogers, No. 1 in the country, 6-1 in doubles today. (photo courtesy ITA)
The unseeded team in the semifinals is Duke, who took out No. 3 seed and defending champion Georgia 4-2 in the closest of the four quarterfinals. Kelly Chen defeated Katarina Jokic at line 1 to clinch the win for the Blue Devils, who avenged their loss to Georgia in last year's NCAA semifinals. For the third year in a row, Duke will take on North Carolina in the Indoor semifinals, with the Tar Heels winning in 2018 and 2019.  North Carolina defeated NC State, one of five ACC teams in the quarterfinals, 4-1 today.

Top seed Stanford wasn't pushed quite as hard as in the round of 16, when they beat Michigan 4-3, but the Cardinal did get a tough test from Georgia Tech before Emily Arbuthnott closed it out at line 2.

UCLA earned a quick win over Florida State, who had managed to claim just one set before the Bruins got their fourth point. For recaps of each match, click on the links below.

Quarterfinals Women's D-I Team Indoor
February 8, 2020
North Carolina[2] d. NC State[7] 4-1
Duke d. Georgia[3] 4-2
Stanford[1] d. Georgia Tech 4-1
UCLA[4] d. Florida State 4-0

Semifinals Women's D-I Team Indoor
February 9, 2020
North Carolina[2] v Duke, noon
Stanford[1] v UCLA[4], 3:30

For the live streaming link, the live scoring link and results from consolation matches, see the ITA tournament page. On demand replays are also available for selected matches. See the recap of Friday's action for links to those.

Denis Kudla has advanced to the final of the ATP 100 Challenger in Dallas after the No. 5 seed defeated for USC star Emilio Gomez, the No. 10 seed, 6-4, 6-4 tonight. Kudla will play unseeded Jurij Rodionov of Austria in Sunday's final after Rodionov defeated No. 3 seed Dominik Koepfer(Tulane) of Germany 7-6(7), 6-2 in the day's first semifinal.

No. 6 seed Shelby Rogers is through to the final of the $100,000 Dow Tennis Classic in Midland after defeating unseeded wild card Irina Falconi 7-5, 7-6(4). She will play No. 7 seed Anhelina Kalinina of Ukraine, who beat unseeded Jamie Loeb 6-0, 6-1 in this afternoon's semifinal.  The final will be streamed here.

At the $25,000 USTA men's Pro Circuit tournament in Palm Coast Florida, former University of Virginia star Alexander Ritschard is through to the final, after beating qualifier Daniel Dutra da Silva of Brazil 2-6, 6-1, 6-2. Ritschard, the No. 6 seed, will face unseeded Martins Podzus of Latvia, who defeated wild card Alex Rybakov(TCU) 6-4, 6-3 in Sunday's final.

Rybakov did earn a title this week, partnering with Justin Butsch(LSU) for the doubles championship. The unseeded wild cards beat Simon Freund(LSU/UCSB) of Sweden and Jaume Pla Malfeito of Spain, also unseeded, 2-6, 7-5, 12-10.

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