Syracuse University’s Gabriela Knutson is the tournament’s No. 5-seed and is playing her fourth consecutive Riviera ITA All-American Championships event. She posted a 6-4, 6-2 win over UC-Berkeley sophomore Julia Rosenqvist.
“My freshman year I played qualies in doubles, second year main draw doubles and last year qualies in singles and main draw doubles,” the senior from the Czech Republic said. “I’m familiar with the scenery and this is my favorite tournament of my entire year.”
Half of the No. 2-seeded doubles team, Knutson and partner Miranda Ramirez, were taken out later in the day by the University of Kansas team of Anastasia Rychagova and Sonia Smagina, 8-6.
Knutson next meets unseeded Emma Davis of Wake Forest University. Davis, who grew up in Boston, said she was unaware of her opponent Veronica Miroshnichenko of Loyola Marymount. “It kind of helps not knowing who you are playing because you have a fresh mindset and not knowing their strengths and weaknesses you can just play your own game,” she said.
(3) Gabriela Knutson (Syracuse)
Emma Davis (Wake Forest)