Jones Advances to Championship Match at Duke Invitational

CARY, N.C. — Georgia Tech women’s tennis posted a successful day at the Duke Invitational on Saturday, recording three doubles wins and a pair of singles victories. Picking up her second singles win of the tournament, sophomore Kenya Jones will compete for the title of her draw on Sunday.

The final round of doubles action kicked day two off in Cary, N.C., and the Jackets picked up wins on every court. The newcomer pair of Ida Jarlskog/Victoria Flores, ranked No. 40 in the ITA preseason rankings, fought off a tough Duke tandem, Ema Lazic/Recebba Smaller, in a tiebreak, 8-7 (6). Also capturing a doubles win on Saturday was the Tech duo of Jones/Nami Otsuka. The pair cruised to an 8-3 triumph over NC State’s Andriana Reami/Biance Moldovan. Paired with Florida’s Victoria Emma, Nadia Gizdova drew an 8-6 victory over UNC’s Maggie Kane/Cassandra Vazquez to close out doubles competition.

Tech had three Jackets competing in singles semifinals and two in the consolation round on Saturday. Flores battled for a spot in the finals of her draw, but ultimately fell in three sets, 3-6, 6-4, 6-3, to NC State’s Reami in the semis. Fellow newcomer Jarlskog also posted a semifinal appearance on Saturday, but fell to Florida’s Brooke Austin, 6-3, 6-1.

Jones secured a spot in the final match on Sunday morning in her draw, picking up a 6-2, 6-3 decision over Illinois’ Blanca Maldovan. Rounding out singles play for the Jackets, Otsuka reached the finals of her consolation bracket with a 7-5, 5-7, 7-6 (4) win over Suzanne Zenoni of Elon, while Gizdova dropped a 6-3, 7-6 (4) decision to Rheeya Doshi of Northwestern.

Action concludes on Sunday with the final round of singles beginning at 9 a.m.

Saturday, Sept. 16
9 a.m. — Doubles

No. 40 Ida Jarlskog/Victoria Flores (GT) def. Ema Lazic/Rebecca Smaller (Duke) 8-7 (6)
Nadia Gizdova (GT)/Victoria Emma (Florida) def. Maggie Kane/Cassandra Vazquez (UNC) 8-6
Kenya Jones/Nami Otsuka (GT) def. Andriana Reami/Bianca Moldovan (NC State) 8-3

Rheeya Doshi (Northwestern) def. Nadia Gizdova (GT) — Consolation — 6-3, 7-6 (4)
Adriana Reami (NC State) def. Victoria Flores (GT) — Semifinals — 3-6, 6-4, 6-3
No. 103 Kenya Jones (GT) def. Blanca Maldovan (Illinois) — Semifinals — 6-2, 6-3
Brooke Austin (Florida) def. Ida Jarlskog (GT) — Semifinals — 6-3, 6-1
No. 111 Nami Otsuka (GT) def. Suzanne Zenoni (Elon) — Consolation — 7-5, 5-7, 7-6 (4)

Sunday, Sept. 17
Nadia Gizdova (GT) vs. Danni Vines (Furman) — Consolation
Victoria Flores (GT) vs. Ema Lazic (Duke) — Third Place
No. 103 Kenya Jones (GT) vs. Elyse Lavender (LSU) — Finals
Ida Jarlskog (GT) vs. Alex Chatt (Northwestern) — Third Place
No. 111 Nami Otsuka (GT) vs. Daniela Pedraza Novak (Illinois) — Consolation

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