Jensen Only Spot on Tennis' Record





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For No. 1 singles tennis player Amy Jensen, one is the loneliest number.

At first, playing the No. 1 court conjures up images of sublime glorification. Yet Jensen's loss this weekend to Washington's Kristina Kraszewski isolates her as the one and only loss in singles play for the Cal women's tennis team.

"I was a little bit agitated because I didn't start the season how I wanted to," Jensen said. "I guess I'm just feeling the weight of the season on my shoulders."

On the other hand, three seems to be the Bears' magic number.

No. 3 Cal (3-0) improved its record with 8-1 wins over Washington State Friday and Washington Saturday.

"We played a lot better than the Oregon match (last week), and a lot more ready," assistant coach Jun Hernandez said.

But for head coach Jan Brogan numbers don't really matter.

"At this point in this season we shouldn't focus on rankings and instead just enjoy playing," she said.

Friday, the Bears easily defeated the unranked Cougars, winning all singles matches, and only allowing one loss by the doubles team of Jenny Lee and Christina Fusano.

After losing to Oregon's

Monica Gieczys in her first match of the season, Jensen - ninth in the NCAA singles rankings - seemed to regain control of her game as she downed Patrycja Gajzik (6-2, 6-2).

Freshman Christina Fusano, playing her first singles match of the season, confidently outplayed WSU's Kathleen Pienaar. Cal also dominated with the adjustments it made to its doubles lineup.

"At court No. 2, (Karoline) Bogersen and (Anita) Kurimay looked pretty natural together, so it doesn't require a lot of work," Brogan said. "At court No. 1 and No. 3, the teams just need to play more together. Certain return patterns and positioning situations need to be stronger."

Saturday, after Jensen's upset, the Bears swept Washington's No. 2 through No. 5 courts.

"Most teams are strong in the 1-3 positions, and have weak links in the bottom half of the lineup, but we have lots of depth to our team and have no weak links," Lee said. "We are definitely contenders for the national title."

In the No. 2 court, Kurimay upset Zuzana Stunova (6-3, 6-0) in straight sets.

"Anita played smart (and) she played through her opponent's weaknesses," Hernandez said. "(She) played her a lot in the middle and attacked her forehand."

The team proved that it is just as tough on the road as it is at home, even with tiresome travelling and difficult conditions.

This week the team will have a break while Jensen heads off to play amongst the top 16 women's players in the NCAA for the prestigious Rolex National Intercollegiate Championships in Dallas, Texas. Jensen, whose ranking will probably drop after losses to Oregon and Washington, will have a chance to redeem herself.

"I'm going to enjoy it, because every player there will be a really tough opponent," Jensen said.

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