Kentucky’s No. 1-ranked duo of senior Aldila Sutjiadi and junior Mami Adachi outlasted No. 12 Gabriela Knutson/Valeria Salazar from Syracuse at the USTA/ITA National Intercollegiate Indoor Championships on Saturday afternoon. The Wildcats won the tiebreak, 6-3, 4-6, 1-0(8), to advance to finals match for the second consecutive year.
Kentucky will square off against UCLA’s Jada Hart and Ena Shibahara at 10 a.m. tomorrow. The UCLA pair ousted Oklahoma State’s Vladica Babic and Carla Tur Mari in straight sets on Saturday, 6-3, 6-3, to secure a spot in the finals.
Should the Wildcats be victorious, it would be the first time a Kentucky duo has won the title. Last year saw Sutjiadi/Adachi tie UK’s previous best finish, which came when Sonia Hahn and Tamaki Takagi finished as the runners-up in 1988.
This marks the third consecutive year the Wildcats have been represented in the Indoor Championships, all of which included appearances by Sutjiadi.
Hosted by Columbia University at the Billie Jean King Tennis Center, the Indoor Championships serves as the final major tournament of the fall season. The event features some of the best collegiate tennis players in the country in its 32-player singles draw and 20-team doubles draw.
In order to qualify for the event, participants either must be winners of the UTSA/ITA Division I Regional Championships, winners of the ITA Oracle Cup or be consolation champions, doubles finalists, men’s singles quarterfinalists or women’s singles semifinalists from the Saint Francis ITA Men’s and Riviera/ITA Women’s All-American Championships.
USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships
Billie Jean King Tennis Center – Flushing, N.Y.
Aldila Sutjiadi/Mami Adachi (UK) def. Gabriela Knutson/Valeria Salazar (Syracuse), 6-3, 4-6, 1-0(8)
Aldila Sutjiadi/Mami Adachi (UK) def. Jessica Aney/Hayley Carter (North Carolina), 7-6(1), 6-3
First Round Doubles Consolation
Brienne Minor/Mira Rudor-Hook (Michigan) def. Lesedi Jacobs/Justina Mikulskyte (UK), 7-5, 4-6, 1-0(8)
Kristina Hovsepyan/Alexandra Stanova (Maryland) def. Lesedi Jacobs/Justina Mikulskyte (UK), 6-3, 6-2
Aldila Sutjiadi (UK) def. Andie Dikosavljevic (Auburn), 6-1, 6-4
Aldila Sutjiadi/Mami Adachi (UK) def. Kate Fahey/Alex Najarian (Michigan), 6-2, 6-2
Andie Danielle/ Erin Routliffe (Alabama) def. Lesedi Jacobs/Justina Mikulskyte (UK), 5-7, 7-5, 1-0(8)
Josie Kuhlman (Florida) def. Aldila Sutjiadi (UK), 6-1, 1-6, 6-2
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