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Sofia Blanno takes singles title as FGCU women’s tennis team opens season at Bedford Cup

Photo courtesy of Linwood Ferguson

This past weekend, the FGCU Women’s Tennis Team headed to Tampa, Fl. to compete in the 2016 Bedford Cup in its first three-day of the fall season.
Sofia Blanno won the Gabrine Muguruza Flight Singles Title while competing in the three-day Bedford Cup event to bring the Eagles their first individual title of the season.
Blanno came from behind in her first quarterfinal matchup before winning straight set wins against USF’s Hailey Grillo on Saturday, and FAU’s Heather Walton on Sunday, winning the program’s first Bedford Cup singles title.
Laura Falceto Font (Sophomore, Zaragoza, Spain) went far in the Martina Navratilova Flight, but was unable to walk away with the title.
Another win for the Eagles came from Julia Ascua, who bounced back after an opening-round defeat to win the Billie Jean King Flight consolation bracket.
The Eagles will now play host, as they host the FGCU Fall Invite at the FGCU Tennis Complex Oct. 7-9.
Here are the rest of the scores from the Bedford Cup:

Women’s Singles- Steffi Graf Flight
Quarterfinal – Stampfli Breana (FGCU) def. Boos Lyndsey (FAU): 7-6; 6-2
Semifinal – Perez-Somarriba, Estela (Miami) def. Stampfli, Breana (FGCU): 6-2; 6-0
Women’s Singles – Angelique Kerber Flight
Quarterfinal – Cesarini, Cortney (UCF) def. Kelly, Sara (FGCU): 6-3; 3-6; 6-2
Consolation Quarterfinal – Cardoso, Juliana Rocha (USF) def. Kelly, Sara (FGCU): 6-4; 3-6; 7-6(5)
Women’s Singles – Garbine Muguruza Flight
Quarterfinal – Blanno, Sophia (FGCU) def. Stokes, Katherine (Stetson): 3-6; 6-0; 6-2
Semifinal – Blanno, Sophia (FGCU) def. Grillo, Hailey (USF): 7-5; 6-3
Final – Blanno, Sophia (FGCU) def. Walton, Heather (FAU): 6-3; 6-2
Women’s Singles – Madison Keys Flight
Quarterfinal – Forster, Bridget (FGCU) def. Osabouhien, Sophia (FAMU): 6-0; 6-0
Semifinal – Grib, Ulyana (FIU) def. Forster, Bridget (FGCU): 6-2; 6-2
Women’s Singles – Billie Jean King Flight
Quarterfinal – Madcur, Ana (Miami) def. Ascua, Julia (FGCU): 6-4; 6-4
Consolation Quarterfinal – Ascua, Julia (FGCU) def. Rahmanparast, Ariana (FSU): W/O (injury)
Consolation Final – Ascua, Julia (FGCU) def. Serrano, Natalia (UCF): 6-2; 3-6; 6-4
Women’s Singles –  Martina Navratilova Flight
Quarterfinal – Falceto Font, Laura (FGCU) def. Ruiz, Marisa (FAU): 6-2; 5-7; 6-2
Semifinal – Falceto Font, Laura (FGCU) def. Montano, Lucia (UNF): 6-3; 2-6; 6-2
Final – Martinez, Olga (USF) def. Falceto Font, Laura (FGCU): 5-7; 6-4; 6-4
Women’s Singles – Lindsay Davenport Flight
Quarterfinal – Nagode, Nina (FIU) def. Curtis, Julianna (FGCU): 6-4; 7-6(5)
Consolation Quarterfinal – Curtis, Julianna (FGCU) def. Rudenko, Alisa (Barry): 6-3; 6-3
Consolation Final – Karangozishvili, Irina (UNF) def. Curtis, Julianna (FGCU): 6-1; 6-3
Women’s Singles – Extra Matches
Tanielian, Clara (Miami) def. Stampfli, Breana (FGCU): 6-2; 6-4
Forster, Bridget (FGCU) def. Gartner, Kinga (UNF): 6-3; 6-3
Women’s Doubles – 1 
Quarterfinal – Henry, Dominique/Rolle, Olivia (FAMU) def. Forster, Bridget/Stampfli, Breana (FGCU): 8-6
Consolation Quarterfinal | Cesarini, Cortney/Matias, Monica (UCF) def. Forster, Bridget/Stampfli, Breana (FGCU): 8-3
Women’s Doubles – 2 
Quarterfinal – Ascua, Julia/Curtis, Julianna (FGCU) def. Osabouhien, Sophia/Robinson, Arrice (FAMU): 8-1
Semifinal – Grib, Ulyana/Veksler, Maryna (FIU) def. Ascua, Julia/Curtis, Julianna (FIU): 8-2
Women’s Doubles – 3
Quarterfinal – Falceto Font, Laura/Kelly, Sara (FGCU) def. Peele, Danielle/Salibasic, Maja (Stetson): 8-4
Semifinal – Ruele, Phatisimo/Vidal, Alejandra (B-CU) def. Falceto Font, Laura/Kelly, Sara (FGCU): 8-4

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