Pacific Women's Tennis: Widjaja Falls In First Round At The NCAA Tournament
Playing in her second straight NCAA Tournament, junior Jenifer Widjaja (Sao Roque, Brazil) dropped her opening round match of the 2010 NCAA Division I Women's Singles Tennis Championshipsto to North Carolina's Sanaz Marand, 6-1, 6-4, on Wednesday, May 26. With the loss, Widjaja completes her 2010 season with an overall singles record of 30-8, finishing the year with Pacific's record for the most wins in a single season.
Against Marand, Widjaja had a rough start to the match as the No. 21 ranked North Carolina senior took control of the set early, winning the first two games after breaking Widjaja's first service game. However, Widjaja fought back with a break of her own in the third game of the opening set, climbing back with in one game of Marand at 2-1. Despite the break, Widjaja could not hold serve to even the match as Marand took another service game from the No. 82 ranked Tiger junior as she used the double break momentum from the first four games to run away with the set, 6-1.
Down one set, Widjaja responded with a battle in the second set, trading service games with Marand through the first six games. Tied at 3-3, Widjaja opened the door for a second set victory as she picked up the first break of the set, taking Marand's service game to capture a 4-3 lead. Up a break and with the ball on her racket, Widjaja was unable to hold her own serve and take a commanding lead as Marand responded with a break of her own to even the set. The Tar Heel senior then held her own serve to set up a chance to take the match with another break of Widjaja's serve. Immediately, Marand took control as she captured the first three points of the game to secure three match points against Widjaja. Not going out quietly, Widjaja took back the net two points to climb back to 40-30 in the game, but her comeback fell short as Marand made good on her final match point to take the game and the match from Widjaja.
Marand will face the winner of the match between Goergia's Chelsey Gullickson and Northwestern State's Martina Rubesova.