Emma Navarro defeated top-seeded Sara Daavettila of UNC to advance to Friday's noon championship match against Miami's Estela Perez-Somarriba

ORLANDO, Fla. – Virginia women’s tennis freshman Emma Navarro (Charleston, S.C.) has advanced to the finals of the 2021 NCAA Women’s Tennis Singles Championship with a victory on Thursday (May 27) at the USTA National Campus in Orlando, Fla.

Navarro (24-1) defeated top-seed Sara Daavettila (22-2) of North Carolina in the semifinals 6-4, 2-6, 6-2. Daavettila is ranked No. 2 in the ITA Singles rankings but is the No. 1 seed in the championship.

Navarro will face another Atlantic Coast Conference opponent in Friday’s championship match in Estrela Perez-Somarriba of Miami. Perez-Somarriba (24-2) is the No. 2 seed in the championship but is currently No. 1 in the ITA singles rankings. Perez-Somarriba, the 2019 NCAA Singles Champion, is the only player that Navarro has lost to this year, winning 1-6, 6-4, 6-3 when the two faced off in a dual in Coral Gables on April 4.

Navarro is the second player in program history to advance to the NCAA Singles final joining two-time national champion Danielle Collins (2014 and 2016).

The match is scheduled to begin at 12 p.m. and will stream live on the TennisOne app.


“It feels really good [to be going to the finals]. I’ve worked really hard this season. I wasn’t feeling my best at the start of this tournament. I was feeling a little tired, a little worn out, so I’m happy with how I was able to fight today and the past four or five days. To get to this point it’s really special. And playing for a school like UVA. I’m very grateful.

“I was pretty confident in the game plan I had in mind, it was just whether I could execute it well enough. In the second set I lost four deuce points, which is pretty tough. And then I was able to win a big one in the third set that kind of helped me to run away with it a little bit. But yeah, I was pretty calm and confident.”

On putting off a pro career to play at UVA

“I think this is one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. I’ve had the most fun playing tennis this season at UVA, and I couldn’t have asked for a better coaching staff or a better team to have by my side. I’m sure you guys watching could hear them out there cheering for me. So I think it’s been really awesome. We have a great program in place on the court and off the court with fitness. And our team culture is awesome. So yeah, I’ve had a lot of fun.”

Navarro in the NCAA Singles Championship

  • R64: Emma Navarro (UVA) def. Hailey Giavara (Cal) 7-6 (3), 6-2
  • R32: Emma Navarro (UVA) def. Ilze Hattingh (ASU) 1-6, 7-5, 6-0
  • R16: Emma Navarro (UVA) def. Meg Kowalski (UGA) 6-1, 6-1
  • QF: Emma Navarro (UVA) def. Paris Corley (LSU) 6-2, 6-1
  • SF: Emma Navarro (UVA) def. Sara Daavettila (UNC) 6-4, 2-6, 6-2