For the third time in five years, the singles final of the USTA/ITA Northwest Regional Championships will be an all-Stanford affair.
Sophomores Taylor Davidson and Carol Zhao will square off in Tuesday's championship match at the Taube Family Tennis Stadium. Both players prevailed in tough three-setters on Monday afternoon in the semifinals. The doubles final begins at 10 a.m.
The regional tournament has once again served as a showcase for Stanford's impressive depth, with Davidson outlasting fellow sophomore teammate Caroline Doyle, 4-6, 6-2, 7-6 (2). Meanwhile, Zhao pulled away from California's Karla Popovic, 4-6, 6-2, 7-6 (2), on the other side of the bracket.
The singles champion will come from Stanford for the fifth consecutive season, following Kristie Ahn (2013, 2010), Krista Hardebeck (2012) and Nicole Gibbs (2011). Both Davidson and Zhao are seeking their first career singles crown.
The most recent all-Stanford championship match occurred in 2011, when Gibbs defeated Mallory Burdette, 6-4, 3-6, 7-6 (3).
Meanwhile, the bid for an all-Stanford doubles final came up short, with California booking both spots in the title match. Doyle and Ellen Tsay dropped a 6-4, 6-4 decision to Maegan Manasse and Denise Starr while Davidson and Zhao were defeated, 7-5, 1-6, 1-0 (2), by Klara Fabikova and Zsofi Susanyi (California).
Last year's doubles final was an all-Cardinal challenge, with Davidson and Tsay edging Ahn and Zhao 8-6. It was the third doubles championship in as many years for Tsay, who teamed with Stacey Tan in 2011 and 2012.