Cal's singles exit in first day of Pac-10s

Jeffery Joh/Staff

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For the No. 8 Cal women's tennis team, the first day at the Pac-10 Championships was a day full of surprising upsets and defeats. All four of its players participating in the Pac-10 Championships had an early exit on Thursday from the Ojai Valley Tennis Club at Ojai, Calif.

In a field of 32, the tournaments consisted of the first two singles rounds on Thursday. Senior Marina Cossou was the only Bear to exit in the first round of the day, losing to Stanford's Kristie Ahn, 7-5, 6-3.

The other three players had a solid start to the day. Most notably, freshman Annett Schutting pulled off a huge upset over Washington's No. 14 Venise Chan, 7-6 (5), 6-4. Unfortunately for her, Schutting exhausted herself after her grinding victory, succumbing to USC's Kaitlyn Christian, 6-3, 6-0.

If there was any Cal player expected to advance to the quarterfinals by the end of today, it was No. 21 Mari Andersson. The senior breezed past the Huskies' Elisabeth Fournier, 6-1, 6-4, but lost in an upset to the Cardinal's Stacey Tan, 6-3, 6-4.

The Bears' top-ranked tandem of Jana Juricova and Andersson and the young duo of sophomore Annie Goransson and Schutting will look to avoid Thursday's disappointment by advancing far in the doubles tournament today.

Seung Y. Lee covers women's tennis.

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