Olivia Janowicz Claims Bedford Cup Title
GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Florida senior Olivia Janowicz (Palm Bay, Fla.) won the singles championship and the Gator freshmen duo of Kourtney Keegan (Roswell, Ga.) and Belinda Woolcock (Melbourne, Australia) captured the doubles title at the 2013 Bedford Cup held at the Ring Tennis Complex.
Gator freshman Stefani Stojic (Melbourne, Australia) fell short in her consolation singles semifinal match 6-2, 6-3, to FGCU’s Sarah Means, who went on to win the draw.
In the main singles draw, Janowicz earned a hard-fought 6-4, 6-4 decision against Woolcock in the final, after she defeated Keegan, 6-2, 4-6, 6-3, in the semifinal on Sunday.
On the doubles court, it was Keegan and Woolcock who got the better of teammates Janowicz and Stojic in the all-Gator final, 8-5.
The Gators travel to Athens, Ga., to compete in the USTA/ITA Southeast Regional Championships, Oct. 18-21. The singles and doubles winners of event earn an automatic berth into the USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships, the second leg of the collegiate grand slam.
All the Singles Ladies:
· For the second consecutive match, senior Olivia Janowicz faced a freshman teammate, battling Belinda Woolcock in the championship final. The match more than lived up to its billing as the top-two seeds clashed. Woolcock jumped out early and won the first two games, before Janowicz won four straight games. Neither competitor would hold serve in three of the final four games, as Janowicz emerged on top to take the first frame. Nine of the 10 games in the second set were breaks as the Gator senior was able to hold in the seventh game and that proved to be the difference en route to the 6-4, 6-4 victory.
· In the Gator vs. Gator semifinal, senior Olivia Janowicz squared off against freshman teammate Kourtney Keegan and the veteran showed the composure that the top-seed in the 64-player singles draw should. There were six breaks in the first set and it was Janowicz who seemed to win the big points down the stretch to capture the early lead. Keegan regrouped for the second set and jumped out to a quick 2-0 advantage. Janowicz stormed back and won the next two, but Keegan collected her second break of the set and held for 4-2. Janowicz again won the next two games, before Keegan settled and captured the crucial break in the ninth game and served out to force a third set. The third set was the opposite mirror to the start of the second, as Janowicz jumped out early and Keegan rallied to even it at 2-all. Janowicz held and then earned a break en route to the 5-2 advantage, later serving out for the 6-2, 4-6, 6-3 win.
· Belinda Woolcock, the No. 2-seed in the event, battled USF’s Olaya Garrido-Rivas her semifinal bout that featured two completely different opening sets, as the Gator freshman dominated the first but dropped the second. The third set was a battle and on-serve through six games before the two competitors traded breaks. Woolcock then broke on her first opportunity in the ninth game, but couldn’t close out the win on her serve, as the final three games were breaks and forced a tiebreak. Woolcock and Garrido-Rivas exchanged mini-breaks until the eighth point, where Woolcock jumped on the Bulls’ serve and won two more points for a 6-3 lead en route to the 6-1, 2-6, 7-6 (4) victory.
· Stefani Stojic dropped her consolation singles semifinal match to FGCU’s Sarah Means, 6-2, 6-3. The Gator rookie found herself down a break early and was staring at a 5-1 deficit before she broke Means in the seventh game. Stojic, however, couldn’t hold and Means claimed the frame. Stojic regrouped to start the second set where she jumped out to a 2-0 lead. Means won the next three games before Stojic got the break. Unfortunately, she wasn’t able to hold and Means won the final two games to end the match.
· It was an all-Gator championship match and the top-seeded doubles team of freshmen Kourtney Keegan and Belinda Woolcock edged senior Olivia Janowicz and freshman Stefani Stojic, 8-5. The match featured seven breaks of serve, with each Gator surrendering her respective serve at least one during the competitive match.
Five of the first six games were breaks, with Woolcock the only one able to hold, as she gave the rookie pair the early advantage. She held for a second time and a 5-2 lead. That sparked a three-game run that went according to serve, with Stojic and Keegan following.
The next games were breaks and the final two were holds, as Keegan used her big serve to close out the title victory.
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