ORLANDO, Fla. – Virginia women’s tennis freshman Natasha Subhash (Fairfax, Va.) closed out the USTA Winter Wild Card Playoff on Friday (Dec. 20), securing a third-place finish and locking up a wild card for a $15k tournament. 

Subhash faced sixth-ranked Abbey Forbes of UCLA in the semifinals, falling in that match to Forbes by a score of 6-4, 6-2 The Virginia freshman locked up the third-place finish when her opponent for Saturday’s third-place match withdrew from the event. 

The Virginia freshmen picked up straight-set victories over No. 25 Chloe Beck of Duke and No. 23 Adriana Reami of NC State in her first two matches of the week. She then dropped the final match of the round robin portion of the tournament to No. 4 Sara Daavettila of North Carolina by a score of 6-3, 6-3.

The 16 players selected for the competition include deight men’s players and eight women’s players. On the women’s side, the wild cards must be used prior to the US Open. The winner receives two main draw wild cards into W25 events. The runner-up receives a main draw wild card into a W25 event, while the third-place finisher receives a main draw wild card to a W15 event.

TUESDAY: No. 30 Subhash def. No. 25 Chloe Beck (Duke) –  6-0, 7-6 
WEDNESDAY: No. 30 Subhash def. No. 23 Adriana Reami (NC State) – 6-2, 6-2 
THURSDAY: No. 4 Sara Daavettila (UNC) def. No. 30 Subhash – 6-3, 6-3
FRIDAY: No. 6 Abbey Forbes (UCLA) def. No. 30 Subhash – 6-4, 6-2