NCAA Women's Tennis Singles Championship Game: Cal's Lynn Chi vs. Virginia's Danielle Collins

It's probably just an optical illusion but Lynn Chi's 2nd place trophy actually looks bigger in this photo. - Cal Women's Tennis Facebook

Lynn Chi can become just the 3rd Golden Bears to win the NCAA Women's Tennis singles title.

NCAA Women's Tennis Single Championship Game

Who: No.24 Lynn Chi (Cal) vs. No.32 Danielle Collins (Virginia)

When: 9 AM PT

Stream: NCAA.com (Harry Cicma and Joe Gentry on the call) for TV style coverage of both the women's and the men's championship game; or here (and pick Court 1 of the Feild Courts)

Match Updates: Twitter (@CalWomensTennis)

Final Score: Collins was able to beat Chi 6-2, 7-5 for the NCAA singles title, snapping a 3 year streak of the singles title going to the Pac. Here is Cal's Lynn Chi with Associate Head Coach Cordell Ho & Head Coach Amanda Augustus.

The key match that allowed the Golden Bears to win their very first Pac-12 title in school history was the 4-3 win over UCLA (eventual NCAA champs). In that match, the turning point was when Cal sophomore Lynn Chi fought back from being down 5-2 in the deciding 3rd set to force tiebreaker and eventually win that match for the deciding point. It was Chi's comeback that rally the two other Golden Bears who were trailing to turn things around.

Today, Chi will get another opportunity to add to that great achievement by winning the NCAA singles title. There have been only two previous Golden Bears that have won the singles title. They are Suzi Babos in 2006 and Jana Juricova in 2011. Juricova also made the final in 2010 before losing. A Chi win will keep the singles title within the Pac, and more specifically the Bay Area, as former Stanfurd Cardinal Nicole Gibbs is the defending champion.

In Lynn Chi's way is another sophomore and surprising finalist in Virginia's Danielle Collins. Collins took out Cal senior Annett Schutting in the 2nd round (Round of 32).

Just in case you think that Lynn Chi is lucky to face such a low ranking opponent in the final, Chi has taken down both the top overall seed in the quarterfinal and the 8th overall seed in the round of 16 on her way to the final. Here is her path to the championship game:

Semifinal Round

No. 24 Lynn Chi (Cal) def. Abigail Tere-Apisah (GSU) – 6-4, 3-6, 7-6(2)

Quarterfinal Round

No. 24 Lynn Chi (Cal ) def. [1] No. 1 Jamie Loeb (UNC) – 4-6, 6-4, 6-2

Round of 16

No. 24 Lynn Chi (Cal) def. [8] No. 8 Jennifer Brady (UCLA) - 6-3, 6-2

Round of 32

No. 24 Lynn Chi (Cal) def. No. 33 Romy Kølzer (Clemson) – 7-5, 6-1

Round of 64

No. 24 Lynn Chi (Cal) def. No. 9 Emina Bektas (Michigan) – 2-6, 7-6(6), 6-1

GO BEARS!

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