Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Stanford's Davidson sweeps in Northwest Regionals

Stanford's Taylor Davidson won two titles today in
the USTA/ITA Northwest Regional Championships.
File photo by Tri Nguyen/TriNguyenPhotography.com
   Playing at home, Stanford's Taylor Davidson won two titles today in the USTA/ITA Northwest Regional Championships.
   The junior from Statesville, N.C., seeded first, defeated ninth-seeded Maier Sherif Ahmed of Fresno State 7-5, 2-6, 6-1 for her first collegiate singles crown. Top-seeded Davidson and Caroline Doyle, a junior from San Francisco, then beat third-seeded Klara Fabikova and Olivia Hauger of Cal 7-5, 6-3.
   Davidson and Doyle, All-Americans in doubles last season, were playing their first tournament together, according to Stanford's web site. They earned a berth in the USTA/ITA Naitonal Indoor Championships in Flushing Meadows, N.Y., in two weeks.
   Davidson became the sixth consecutive Cardinal to win the Northwest Regional singles title, following Carol Zhao (2014), Kristie Ahn (2013 and 2010), Krista Hardebeck (2012) and Nicole Gibbs (2011). Zhao, now a junior from Canada, beat Davidson in last year's final.
   It was the second doubles title in the Northwest Regionals for Davidson, who triumphed with Ellen Tsay two years ago.  
   The ITA's Northwest Region consists of Stanford, Cal, Cal Poly, Eastern Washington, Fresno State, Gonzaga, Oregon, Pacific, Portland, Portland State, Sacramento State, Saint Mary's, San Francisco, San Jose State, Santa Clara, Seattle, UC Davis, Washington and Washington State.

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