PACIFIC PALISADES, Calif. – Duke women’s tennis freshman Maria Mateas continued her strong run Friday afternoon at the Riviera/ITA All-American Championships in Pacific Palisades, Calif., by advancing to the semifinals of the singles main draw.
Mateas, a native of Chapel Hill, N.C., has proved to be a force on the court as a rookie. The top-ranked singles freshman by the ITA defeated No. 60 Alexa Graham of North Carolina (6-2, 6-3) during action in the round of 16 before besting Wake Forest’s No. 16 Emma Davis (6-4, 6-0) en route to the final four.
Mateas will take on either North Carolina’s No. 2 Makenna Jones or No. 8 Katarina Jokic of Georgia on Saturday and will be the lone freshman among remaining competitors.
Senior Kaitlyn McCarthy and junior Meible Chi competed in the main draw doubles backdraw Wednesday and defeated No. 37 Aiwen Zhu and En-Pei Huang of UNLV, 8-7 (3), and will take on either Davis/Carter of Wake Forest or Gonzaga’s Whittle/Rosas Saturday.
Sophomore Kelly Chen and Chi’s run in the singles main draw came to an end Friday afternoon in California. No. 12 Chen defeated Katarina Stresnakova of Oklahoma State (6-3, 6-4) before falling to No. 35 Sophie Whittle of Gonzaga (6-2, 6-3) in the quarterfinals. No. 31 Chi fell to Vanderbilt’s Fernanda Contreras (6-3, 6-3) in the round of 16.
Keenan Johnson (LSU) def. #84 Kaitlyn McCarthy (Duke) 6-3, 1-6, 0-6
#31 Meible Chi (Duke) def. Amanda Meyer (Vanderbilt) 6-1, 6-2
#31Meible Chi (Duke) def. McCartney Kessler (Florida) 6-3, 6-3
#31Meible Chi (Duke) def. Andie Daniell (Alabama) 6-1, 6-1
Singles Main Draw
#12 Kelly Chen (Duke) def. #33 Giulia Pairone (Michigan) 6-3, 6-1
Maria Mateas (Duke) def. Sara Castellano (Wisconsin) 6-2, 4-6, 6-0
#31Meible Chi (Duke) def. #11 Carly Touly (Florida State) 6-3, 6-1
Round of 16
#12 Kelly Chen (Duke) def. Katarina Stresnakova (Oklahoma State) 6-3, 6-4
Maria Mateas (Duke) def. #60 Alexa Graham (North Carolina) 6-2, 6-3
Fernanda Contreras (Vanderbilt) def. #31 Meible Chi (Duke) 6-3, 6-3
Maria Mateas (Duke) def. #16 Emma Davis (Wake Forest) 6-4, 6-0
#35 Sophie Whittle (Gonzaga) def. #12 Kelly Chen (Duke) 6-2, 6-3
#35 Kelly Chen/Maria Mateas (Duke) def. Stacey Fung/Vanessa Wong (Washington) 8-7 (6)
Holly Hutchinson/Brooke Pilkington (Old Dominion) def. #35 Kelly Chen/Maria Mateas (Duke) 8-3