PACIFIC PALISADES, Calif. – Duke women’s tennis rookie Maria Mateas continued her strong performance at the 2018 Riviera/ITA All-American Championships Saturday by advancing to the finals of the singles main draw.
Mateas, a product of Chapel Hill, N.C., defeated the second-ranked player in the country, Makenna Jones of North Carolina, (6-1, 6-4) to secure her spot in the championship match. Mateas will take on No. 35 Sophie Whittle Sunday.
Mateas is the first Duke All-American finalist since Daniela Bercek in 2005 and looks to become the first Blue Devil to win the singles event since Kelly McCain in 2002.
Senior Kaitlyn McCarthy and junior Meible Chi cruised to an 8-1 victory over fifth-ranked Emma Davis and Chandler Carter of Wake Forest Saturday in the doubles main backdraw. The duo’s run ended in the semifinals by falling to Stanford’s third-ranked tandem of Emily Arbuthnott and Michaela Gordon, 8-3.
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
Maria Mateas (Duke) def. #2 Makenna Jones (North Carolina) 6-1, 6-4
#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
Main Draw Doubles Backdraw
Kaitlyn McCarthy/Meible Chi (Duke) def. #37 Aiwen Zhu/En-Pei Huang (UNLV) 8-7 (3)
Kaitlyn McCarthy/Meible Chi (Duke) def. #5 Emma Davis/Chandler Carter (Wake Forest) 8-1
#3 Emily Arbuthnott/Michaela Gordon (Stanford) def. Kaitlyn McCarthy/Meible Chi 8-3