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Sunday, May 8, 2022

D-I Super Regional Fields Complete, with Just One Unseeded Women's Team Advancing; Scott Captures First Pro Circuit Title at Daytona Beach $25K; Former Texas Tech All-American Wins Bonita Springs $100K

The fields for next weekend's Division I Women's Super Regionals are set after seven matches were played today across the country. The men had three unseeded teams reach the round of 16 (see Saturday's post for those results), but the women had just one, and that came today with Vanderbilt taking out No. 10 seed Ohio State in Columbus by a 4-2 score.

There were no 4-3 matches today and just two total in the women's regional finals, with both No. 2 Oklahoma and No. 13 Auburn coming out on top in those Saturday finals. The men had three 4-3 matches in their 16 regional finals, and in all three, an unseeded team beat a seeded team. 

The are eight Super Regionals scheduled for Friday and eight for Saturday, but the schedule is not based on gender. Friday will have three men's Super Regionals and five women's Super Regionals, with the reverse numbers on Saturday. See the men's bracket for the dates and times here and the women's bracket for dates and times here. All eight top seeds in the men's and women's draws will host.

Women's NCAA Division I Regional Finals

(1)NORTH CAROLINA[1] d South Carolina[2] 4-0*
(16)FLORIDA[1] d Florida State[2] 4-1*

(5)VIRGINIA[1] d Princeton[2] 4-0*
(12)OKLAHOMA STATE[1] d UCLA[2] 4-2*

(9)MIAMI[1] d. Central Florida[2] 4-1
(8)PEPPERDINE[1] d Southern Cal[2] 4-1

(13)AUBURN[1] d Georgia Tech[2] 4-3
(4)TEXAS[1] d Michigan[2] 4-0

(3)DUKE[1] d Old Dominion[2] 4-1
(14)GEORGIA[1] d Wake Forest[2] 4-0*

(11)CAL[1] d Texas Tech[3] 4-0
(6)NC STATE[1] d Tennessee[2] 4-1*

(7)TEXAS A&M
[1] d Baylor[2] 4-1
VANDERBILT[2] d (10)Ohio State[1] 4-2*

(15)STANFORD[1] d UC-Santa Barbara[3] 4-0
(2)OKLAHOMA[1] d Arizona State[2] 4-3

*match played Sunday, May 8

TennisONE's weekly "Road to Champaign" show is scheduled for Monday May 9 at 6 p.m. with Mark Bey and Madison Golden discussing all this weekend's results. Stanford's Paul Goldstein and Vanderbilt's Aleke Tsoubanos are expected to join the conversation. 

Cracked Racquets is planning on their usual weekly Deciding Point shows, with the women's Tuesday evening and the men's Thursday evening at the CR YouTube channel.


Katrina Scott won today's battle of the 17-year-olds in the final of the $25,000 USTA Women's Pro Circuit tournament in Daytona Beach Florida, beating unseeded Reese Brantmeier 6-2, 6-4. Scott, the No. 3 seed, earns her first Pro Circuit title, with wins over Hina Inoue, Samantha Crawford[WC], Sina Herrmann[7] of Germany, Francoise Abanda[8] of Canada and Brantmeier.

Former Texas Tech All-American Gabriela (Talaba) Lee of Romania won the biggest title of her professional career today at the $100,000 USTA Women's Pro Circuit tournament in Bonita Springs Florida. The 26-year-old qualifier defeated No. 7 seed Katarzyna Kawa of Poland 6-1, 6-3 in today's final, her sixth victory since Tuesday. Lee, who twice came from a set down to advance, will move to a WTA career-high of 150 when Monday's rankings are released. I wrote this article about Talaba for Tennis Recruiting Network three years ago, when she played the Dow Tennis Classic in Midland. 

In the doubles final in Bonita Springs, No. 4 seeds Timea Babos of Hungary and Nao Hibino of Japan defeated No. 3 seeds Kawa and Olga Govortsova of Belarus 6-4, 3-6, 10-7.

With all the college tennis going on this weekend, I didn't have much time to monitor the Masters 1000 in Madrid, but congratulations to Jessica Pegula for making her first final at that level, and to Ons Jabeur of Tunisia for becoming the first Arab and the first North African to win a Masters 1000 tournament with her 7-5, 0-6, 6-2 victory in the final. Nineteen-year-old Carlos Alcaraz of Spain, who was featured in my monthly Aces column many times in the past four years, won the men's singles title, beating Nadal, Djokovic and Zverev in consecutive days to become the youngest ever to capture that men's title in Madrid.

In doubles, two former collegians took titles. Former LSU star Neal Skupski of Great Britain and Wesley Koolhof of the Netherlands won their first Masters title as a team, with the No. 7 seeds defeating the fifth-seeded Colombian team of Juan Sebastian Cabal and Robert Farah 6-7(4), 6-4, 10-5 in today's final.  In the women's final, former USC star Giuliana Olmos of Mexico and her partner Gabriela Dabrowski of Canada won their first title as a team, with the No. 2 seeds defeating No. 3 seeds Demi Schuurs of the Netherlands and Desirae Krawczyk(Arizona State) 7-6(1), 5-7, 10-7 in the final. 

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