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Texas A&Mís Stancu Falls in Semifinals at ITA All-Americans

October 05, 2013
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Courtesy: Texas A&M Athletics
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PACIFIC PALISADES, Calif.  – Cristina Stancu’s run at the  Riviera/ITA Women’s All-American Championships came to an end today as the Texas A&M senior fell to No. 1-seed and second-ranked Robin Anderson of UCLA, 7-6 (3), 6-3 in the semifinal round at the Riviera Tennis Club.

Stancu, aiming to become the first A&M player to reach the finals at the prestigious tournament, had worked her way up from the qualifying draw, winning six consecutive matches to reach the semifinals of the main draw.

"Clearly today's outcome was disappointing for Tina,” A&M coach Howard Joffe said, “but winning six consecutive matches against the top players in the country reaffirms the caliber of her play and without question must give her tremendous confidence as she moves on with her senior year. "

Ranked No. 48 in the ITA preseason singles rankings, Stancu fell behind 2-0 to start the match against Anderson but broke back to get back on serve. The Romanian then broke Anderson to take a 5-4 lead and was serving for the set before the Bruin broke back to even the score.

Each side then held serve to force a tiebreaker at 6-6. With the tiebreaker knotted at 2-2, Anderson won three unanswered points to open a 5-2 lead. She would also win two of the next three points to win the tiebreaker, 7-3, and capture the first set.

Anderson broke Stancu to take a 2-1 lead in the second set en route to the second-set 6-3 victory.

Despite the loss, Stancu receives an automatic entry into the USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships Nov. 7-10 in Flushing, N.Y., by reaching the semifinal round.

For complete brackets and more information on the tournament, go to ITATennis.com.

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Riviera/ITA All-American Championships

Main Draw Singles Results (Oct 3-4, Pacific Palisades, Calif.)

R32      #48 Cristina Stancu (A&M) def. #17 Zoe Scandalis (USC), 6-2, 6-1

R16      #48 Cristina Stancu (A&M) def. #99 Maria Belaya (William & Mary), 6-3, 6-2

QF        #48 Cristina Stancu (A&M) def. #25 Emina Bektas (Michigan), 7-6 (1), 6-1

SF         #2 Robin Anderson (UCLA) def. #48 Cristina Stancu (A&M), 7-6 (3), t-3

Main Draw Doubles Results (Oct. 3-4)

R32      Bye

R16      #8 Stefania Hristov/Cristina Stancu (A&M) def. Caroline Rohde-Moe/Marija Milutinovic (Ole Miss), 8-5

QF        #20 Robin Anderson/Jennifer Brady (UCLA) def. #8 Hristov/Stancu (A&M), 8-5

Qualifying Singles Results (Oct. 1-2, Pacific Palisades, Calif.)

R64      #48 Cristina Stancu (A&M) def. #95 Kanika Vaidya (Columbia), 7-6 (5), 6-2

R64      #59 Sarah Lee (Michigan) def. #106 Ines Deheza (A&M), 7-5, 6-4

R32      #48 Cristina Stancu (A&M) def. #38 Alex Cercone (Florida), 3-6, 7-6 (8), 6-3

R16      #48 Cristina Stancu (A&M) def. #23 Klara Fabikova (California), 7-6 (4), 1-6, 6-2

Qualifying Singles Back Draw Results (Oct. 1, Pacific Palisades, Calif.)

R32      #53 Klara Vyskocilova (Tulane) def. #106 Ines Deheza (A&M), 7-5, 6-4

Qualifying Doubles Results (Oct. 1-2, Pacific Palisades, Calif.)

R32      Ines Deheza/Rutuja Bhosale (A&M) def. #59 Karolina Rozenberg/Ebba Unden (LBSU), 8-3

R16      #19 Brynn Boren/Zoe Katz (USC) def. Ines Deheza/Rutuja Bhosale (A&M), 8-1

Prequalifying Singles Results (Sept. 28-28, Los Angeles)

R64      Romy Koelzer (Clemson) def. Rutuja Bhosale (A&M), 6-3, 6-3

R64      #106 Ines Deheza (A&M) def. Caroline Schnell (Denver), 6-3, 6-3

R64      #108 Anna Mamalat (A&M) def. Callie Craig (Utah), 7-5, 6-4

R32      #106 Ines Deheza (A&M) def. Alexandra Perper (Mississippi State), 6-1, 6-1

R32      Jessica Wacnik (Boston College) def. #108 Anna Mamalat (A&M), 6-3, 6-4

R16      #80 Chanelle Van Nguyen (UCLA) def. #106 Ines Deheza (A&M), 6-1, 6-1

Prequalifying Doubles Results (Sept. 28-28, Los Angeles)

R32      Rutuja Bhosale/Ines Deheza (A&M) def. Sarah McLean/Yang Pang (Arkansas), 8-7 (4)

R16      Deheza/Rutuja (A&M) def. Spencer Liang/Monica Lin (Harvard), 8-6

QF        Deheza/Rutuja (A&M) def. Nino Mebuke/Klara Supejova (Eastern Michigan), 8-3

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