No. 9 Adachi and Sutjiadi Begin Season With Top-10 Win

MALIBU, Calif. – With the first day of the inaugural Oracle/ITA Masters in the books, Mami Adachi and Aldila Sutjiadi, ranked ninth nationally, are already establishing themselves as one of the top doubles pairings in the country. The duo defeated the No. 8 ranked pairing of Matea Cutura and Christine Maddox from Pepperdine in two sets, 6-4, 6-1, on Friday night in the event.

“We are excited to see our players perform on the big stage,” head coach Carlos Drada said. “We have a great group of ladies and it is great to see Aldila and Mami represent their teammates in such a quality manner. Being in the Final Four of the Oracle/ITA Masters is a great momentum builder for the rest of our season.”

The pair from Pepperdine had an overall doubles record of 15-4, 7-0 in conference, and 5-4 against nationally ranked opponents last season. Cutura and Maddox finished one rank ahead of Adachi and Sutjiadi the previous year at No. 25 after losing in the round of 16 in last season’s NCAA Tournament.

After dropping the first game in the first set, Sutjiadi slammed an overhead over the fence for the first break of the match. The duo went on to take the next three games, making it 3-1. Both of the previous two games went to deciding points with the servers winning both. The Wildcats jumped out to a quick start in the sixth game, but Maddox and Cutura battled back to tie the first set at 3-3.

From there, the teams would trade breaks and Kentucky held a 4-3 lead in the first set. Once again, Adachi and Sutjiadi broke serve to extend their lead to 5-3. Pepperdine took the ninth game and Sutjiadi fought back from 40-15 to hold serve and claim the first set of the 2015-16 season, 6-4.

After winning the first set, the Wildcats took the break in the first game of the second and won the second game as well. In the third, Adachi would hold and Sutjiadi hit a volley winner to break at love giving them a 3-0 lead in the second set. The domination continued as the Kentucky duo only lost one game and took the set, 6-1. Sutjiadi had a forehand winner to win the match and start off the season with a top-10 win.

“We are very happy to represent UK in this prestigious event,” Sutjiadi said. “The semifinals will be fun and we will do our best.” Adachi would add, “Aldila and I are proud to start our season with this win. We are excited for the rest of this tournament and the year.”

Adachi and Sutjiadi advance to the semifinals, which will be played on Saturday night against the winner of No. 3 California and Miami. Fans can follow live stats here.

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