Andersson frustrated but Cal cruises to sweep

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During the Saturday's match against Fresno State, everyone inside Hellman Tennis Complex was focused on No. 18 Mari Andersson.

When the umpire gave Andersson unfavorable calls, she argued. When she missed an easy chance, she yelled in frustration in her native tongue. The Swede finally calmed down after she and coach Amanda Augustus talked for nearly half an hour after the match.

Playing on court No. 1 for the first time this season in place of junior Jana Juricova, Andersson lost to Washington's No. 20 Venise Chan, 6-2, 6-1, and to Fresno State's Marianne Jodoin, 5-7, 6-4, 1-0(8).

Despite Andersson's poor performance in singles this weekend, her teammates more than picked up the slack, as the No. 7 Cal women's tennis team completed a weekend sweep at Hellman Tennis Complex. The Bears (16-5, 6-1 in the Pac-10) romped over the Huskies, 5-2, on Friday, and breezed past the Bulldogs, 6-1, on Saturday.

Andersson was not the only player that had a tough time this week. Juricova, the No. 2 singles player in the country, had food poisoning earlier in the week and only played doubles during the weekend.

Juricova's absence on singles court No. 1 created a domino effect. Andersson replaced Juricova on the top court, and sophomore Annie Goransson filled Andersson's empty spot on court No. 2.

Goransson, who usually plays on either court No. 3 or 4 in singles, was promoted to the second court for the first time in her career. She split her two singles matches this weekend.

"At first, I was a bit nervous," Goransson said. "It really shouldn't be a big deal, but it is. The higher up in the lineup, the better the players, so I had to really focus and believe I can win."

Both Washington (11-10, 2-6) and the Bulldogs (5-12) apparently saw Goransson as a weak link on the second court and pitted their best players against her.

Against the Huskies, Goransson faced No. 5 Denise Dy. Goransson was outmatched in all facets of the game and lost quickly in straight sets, 6-1, 6-3.

"The best strength about Denise was that she had an answer to everything I did," Goransson said. "I was trying to hit deep and towards her backhand, but she was patient and waited for the right ball to attack. Then I tried to hit hard and flat, but then she would respond with unbelievable passing shots."

Goransson fared much better the next day against Laura Pola, the only upperclassmen on the Bulldogs squad. She played to her strength of long, grinding points, which seemed to tire Pola by the end of the 7-6 (6), 6-4 win.

Tags: CAL WOMEN'S TENNIS, MARI ANDERSSON, AMANDA AUGUSTUS, ANNIE GORANSSON


Seung Y. Lee covers women's tennis. Contact him at [email protected]



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