For the first time since 2016, a Virginia women’s tennis player will be representing the Hoos in the NCAA tournament singles semifinals. First year Emma Navarro is just the second player in program history to make the semis, following in the footsteps of two-time NCAA Champion Danielle Collins (2014, 2016). Navarro is the No. 3 seed in the singles tournament, and she’s only needed to go to three sets one time in the first four matches.
She defeated Paris Corley of LSU in straight sets to earn her spot in the semis, where she will face off against ACC foe Sara Daavettila (22-1) from UNC. The two only played once this season, but no winner was decided as the match was decided before they could finish the third set.
Three of the four players remaining are from the ACC as Miami’s Estela Perez-Somarriba joins Navarro and Daavettila. She will take on Oregon’s Janice Tjen in the other semifinal.
Here’s a summary of her singles tournament so far:
Round of 64: Emma Navarro def. Hailey Giavara (Cal) 7-6 (3), 6-2
Round of 32: Emma Navarro def. Ilze Hattingh (ASU) 1-6, 7-5, 6-0
Round of 16: Emma Navarro def. Meg Kowalski (UGA) 6-1, 6-1
Quarterfinals : Emma Navarro def. Paris Corley (LSU) 6-2, 6-1
But Navarro isn’t just competing in the singles tournament. She’s partnered with Virginia teammate Rosie Johanson for the doubles tourney, and the duo has played their way into the semis as well. Johanson, a redshirt senior, and Navarro are the No. 21 ranked duo in the tournament, and they’ll be facing the No. 19 pair of Kylie Collins and Lulu Sun out of Texas.
Much like the singles tournament, the doubles are full of familiar ACC faces as duos from NC State and North Carolina are playing in the other semi.
Virginia’s other doubles pair of Natasha Subhash and Sofia Munera fell in the quarterfinals to 4-seed Makenna Jones and Elizabeth Scotty of UNC.
Navarro is the only player remaining that is participating in both events.
Here’s a summary of the doubles results:
Round of 32: Johanson/Navarro def. 5/8 Giavara/Ivanov (Cal) 4-6, 7-6 (2), 1-0 (7)
Round of 16: Johanson/Navarro def. Corley/Corely (OK) 6-4, 6-2
Quarterfinals: Johanson/Navarro def. Goldsmith/Makarova (TAMU) 6-3, 6-1
Navarro’s singles match starts at noon, while the doubles take place at 4pm. Both will be streamed on the TennisOne app.