Wagner Concludes Stellar Showing in New York
FLUSHING, N.Y. – Stephanie Wagner had her impressive run at the USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships come to an end Saturday afternoon. The University of Miami junior dropped a hard fought match in the semifinals of the Singles Main Draw at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center.
“Stephanie is an incredible competitor that wants to reach her next level and I know she won’t back down until she does,” Miami assistant coach Laura Vallverdu said. “As a coach, I couldn’t ask for anything else. She belongs at The U and is a huge part of our success.”
Wagner, who is ranked No. 18, faced California’s Maegan Manasse, ranked No. 43 and seeded fifth in the draw. The pair split the first six games of the match, but then Manasse turned it up a notch and went on to take the opening set 6-3.
The first two games of the second set went to Wagner, but Manasse bounced by winning the next two to even things up. For the rest of the set, neither player was able to win consecutive games.
That included Wagner breaking Manasse’s serve to take a 5-4 lead, only to see the Golden Bear even it up. Wagner then broke Manasse’s serve once again to go up 6-5 in the second set, but the sophomore from Redondo Beach, Calif. tied it up after that as well.
Ultimately, Manasse was able to do just enough to win the match in a second set tiebreaker, ending the semifinal with a 6-3, 7-6 (4) victory.
With the Hurricanes wrapping up play at the tournament in the Empire State, Miami’s superb fall season has come to an end.
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Singles Main Draw—Semifinals
No. 43  Maegan Manasse (California) def. No. 18 Stephanie Wagner, 6-3, 7-6 (4)