Thursday, November 2, 2017

Stanford's Arbuthnott upsets seed in Fall Nationals

   Emily Arbuthnott of Stanford ousted sixth-seeded Katarina Jokic of Georgia 6-1, 2-6, 6-1 today in the second round of the ITA National Fall Championships in Indian Wells, Calif.
   Arbuthnott's teammate, 12th-seeded Michaela Gordon, advanced with a 6-2, 6-4 victory over Shiori Fukuda of Ohio State.
   Arbuthnott, a sophomore from England, is scheduled to face unseeded Marie Leduc of Clemson for a quarterfinal berth. Leduc surprised 15th-seeded Maya Sherif of Pepperdine, 4-6, 6-1, 6-3. Sherif, a senior, transferred from Fresno State after sophomore season.
   Gordon, a freshman from Saratoga in the San Francisco Bay Area, will meet unseeded Bianca Turati of Texas. Turati knocked off fourth-seeded Ena Shibahara of UCLA 7-6 (4), 6-2. Shibahara tops the preseason national rankings.
   Both the third round and quarterfinals are set for Friday.
   Top-seeded Anna Danilina of Florida and third-seeded Karla Popovic of Cal lost in the first round on Wednesday. Second-seeded Ashley Lahey of Pepperdine remains alive.
   Arbuthnott and Gordon also reached the doubles quarterfinals, beating Gabrielle Andrews and Jada Hart of UCLA 7-5, 4-6 [11-9]. Arbuthnott and Gordon will play fifth-seeded Rose Johanson and Meghan Kelley of Virginia.
   All men with Northern California connections have been eliminated in singles and doubles.
  Victor Pham, a Columbia junior from Saratoga, lost to ninth-seeded Alfredo Perez of Florida 7-6 (3), 6-4. Logan Staggs, a UCLA senior from Tracy, fell to 10th-seeded JJ Wolf of Ohio State 6-3, 6-1.

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