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Four Canes Advance to Singles Finals in Auburn

By Alex Schwartz
HurricaneSports.com

Saturday Results | Fall Stats | Friday Recap

AUBURN, Ala. The University of Miami women’s tennis team turned in a solid performance Saturday on day two of the Marliss Gruver Fall Invitational.

Miami tallied a 7-4 mark, including a 3-2 ledger in singles to go along with another walkover win, at Auburn’s Yarbrough Tennis Center.

The Hurricanes went 4-2 in doubles play, going 2-1 in the semifinal rounds and 2-1 in the closing rounds.

Junior Yuna Ito and sophomore Ulyana Shirokova topped Arkansas’ Lauren Alter and Thea Rice, 8-3, and then defeated Ole Miss’ No. 49-ranked pair of Tea Jandric and Sabina Machalova, 8-5, to win the Flight No. 1 consolation draw.

Junior Estela Perez-Somarriba and senior Daniella Roldan, ranked No. 51, fell to No. 49 Jandric and Machalova, 7-8 (7-0), before downing Alter and Rice, 8-2, in the consolation back draw of Flight No. 1.

In the Flight No. 2 main draw, senior Ana Madcur and freshman Lucia Marzal Martinez, seeded second, logged an 8-2 triumph over Georgia State’s Anastasia Grosheva and Lara Vovk to reach the finals. They then dropped a 5-8 decision to top-seeded Martina Cappuro and Camila Moreno of Oklahoma.

Singles play started off anticlimactically for the Hurricanes, as third-ranked Perez-Somarriba’s top-100 matchup with No. 92 Jandric in Flight No. 1 did not take place due to withdrawal. Perez-Somarriba, seeded first, advanced to the finals without taking the court.

In Flight No. 2, Roldan dropped a narrow 7-5, 5-7, 4-6 decision to Oklahoma’s Camila Romero in the main draw semifinals. Meanwhile, Mazal Martinez fell in extremely close fashion, 7-6 (7-5), 6-7 (7-9), 3-6, to Georgia State’s Eva Chivu in the flight’s consolation bracket.

Shirokova garnered a spot in the the championship of Flight No. 3 by storming past Caroline Turner of Auburn, 6-0, 6-2.

Second-seeded Ito and Madcur both earned places in the Flight No. 4 main draw finale with straight-set triumphs. Ito topped Auburn’s Lindsay Song, 6-3, 6-1, while Madcur beat top-seeded Laura Rico-Garcia of Oklahoma, 7-6 (7-5), 6-4.

This is the second time in 2018 Ito and Madcur are scheduled to face off in a draw championship match; they did not end up playing the first time in the Miami Fall Invite.

All of Saturday’s matches are scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. ET. For more information on the Marliss Gruver Fall Invitational, including all the full draws, visit the official website HERE.

To keep up with the University of Miami women’s tennis team on social media, follow @CanesWTennis on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.

SATURDAY RESULTS

Doubles No. 1 Flight – Consolation Semifinals
Yuna Ito/Ulyana Shirokova (UM) def. Lauren Alter/Thea Rice (AR), 8-3
No. 49 Tea Jandric/Sabina Machalova (OM) def. No. 51 Estela Perez-Somarriba/Daniella Roldan (UM), 8-7 (7-0)

Doubles No. 1 Flight – Consolation Final
Yuna Ito/Ulyana Shirokova (UM) def. No. 49 Tea Jandric/Sabina Machalova (OM), 8-5

Doubles No. 1 Flight – Consolation Back Draw
No. 51 Estela Perez-Somarriba/Daniella Roldan (UM) def. Lauren Alter/Thea Rice (AR), 8-2

Doubles No. 2 Flight – Main Draw Semifinals
[2] Ana Madcur/Lucia Marzal Martinez (UM) def. Anastasia Grosheva/Lara Vovk (GAST), 8-2

Doubles No. 2 Flight – Main Draw Final
[1] Martina Cappuro/Camila Romero (OU)  def. [2] Ana Madcur/Lucia Marzal Martinez (UM), 8-5

Singles No. 1 Flight – Main Draw Semifinals
No. 3 [1] Estela Perez-Somarriba (UM) def. No. 92 Tea Jandric (OM), walkover

Singles No. 2 Flight – Main Draw Semifinals
Camila Romero (OU) def. Daniella Roldan (UM), 5-7, 7-5, 6-4

Singles No. 2 Flight – Consolation Semifinals
Eva Chivu (GAST) def. Lucia Marzal Martinez (UM), 6-7 (5-7), 7-6 (9-7), 6-3

Singles No. 3 Flight – Main Draw Semifinals
Ulyana Shirokova (UM) def. Caroline Turner (AU), 6-0, 6-2

Singles No. 4 Flight – Main Draw Semifinals
[2] Yuna Ito (UM) def. Lindsay Song (AU), 6-3, 6-1
Ana Madcur (UM) def. [1] Laura Rico-Garcia (OU), 7-6 (7-5), 6-4

SUNDAY SCHEDULE

Singles No. 1 Flight – Main Draw Final
10 a.m. ET: No. 3 [1] Estela Perez-Somarriba (UM) vs. Malkia Ngounoue (KU)

Singles No. 2 Flight – Main Draw Third-Place Match
10 a.m. ET: Daniella Roldan (UM) vs. Taylor Russo (AU)

Singles No. 2 Flight – Consolation Back Draw
10 a.m. ET: Lucia Marzal Martinez (UM) vs. Lauren Alter (AR)

Singles No. 3 Flight – Main Draw Final
10 a.m. ET: Ulyana Shirokova (UM) vs. Thea Rice (AR)

Singles No. 4 Flight – Main Draw Final
10 a.m. ET: [2] Yuna Ito (UM) vs. Ana Madcur (UM)