ORLANDO, Fla. –Virginia women’s tennis freshman Emma Navarro (Charleston, S.C.) and senior Rosie Johanson (Vancouver, Canada) had their run in the 2021 NCAA Women’s Tennis Doubles Championship come to an end with a loss in the semifinals on Thursday (May 27) at the USTA National Campus in Orlando, Fla.
Navarro and Johanson won their first set 6-4 against Kylie Collins and Lulu Sun of Texas but were edged 7-5 in the second set to force a super tiebreaker to decide the match. Navarro and Johanson took an early 5-1 lead in the 10-point tiebreaker, but the Longhorns charged back, tying the decider at 7-7 and then edging out to a 9-8 lead. They won the next point to close out the victory. Collins and Sun are currently ranked No. 19 in the ITA doubles rankings while Navarro and Johanson are 21.
Navarro and Johanson were the first players in program history to advance to the doubles semifinals.
Collins and Sun will take on UNC’s Makenna Jones and Elizabeth Scotty in Friday’s championship match.
FROM ROSIE JOHANSON
“I am really proud of how I finished my career. From where I started 5 years ago to where I am now, it’s really crazy to think about. I am extremely grateful for Emma and the honor it has been playing doubles with her. I have learned so much from her and I can’t wait to see her continue the legacy she’s already started. I am also extremely grateful for all of my teammates over my time at UVA. Each of them has impacted my life in immeasurable ways and many have become best friends. My experience at UVA also would’ve never been as amazing as it was without Sara, Pichi and Tyson. They never once gave up on me and believed in me even when I didn’t. They saw skills and characteristics in me that I couldn’t see in myself and now I am leaving UVA as a better person, teammate, friend and leader. I sat down with them at the end of the Fall to create goals for myself, and being an All-American was one of them, and now having accomplished that it is the best end to my career I could’ve ever hoped for. Finally, I want to thank my parents, without them none of this would be possible. They watched every match on the live stream my entire career no matter how early it was for them and supported me through everything. I couldn’t imagine accomplishing my goals anywhere but UVA, the community and people here are amazing and I can’t wait to root for the Hoos forever! Go Hoos!”
NCAA Doubles Results
- R32: Johanson/Navarro (UVA) def. 5/8 Giavara/Ivanov (Cal) 4-6, 7-6 (2), 1-0 (7)
- R16: Johanson/Navarro (UVA) def. Corley/Corely (OK) 6-4, 6-2
- QF: Johanson/Navarro (UVA) def. Goldsmith/Makarova (TAMU) 6-3, 6-1
- SF: Collins/Sun (Texas) def. Johanson/Navarro (UVA) 4-6, 7-5, 1-0 (8).
- R32: Subhash/Munera (UVA) def. Okalova/Ploner (TULSA) 6-3, 4-6, 1-0 (10)
- R16: Subhash/Munera (UVA) def. Zein/Kessler (Fla.) 6-2, 6-4
- QF: 4 Jones/Scotty (UNC) def. Subhash/Munera (UVA) 6-3, 6-3