Defending singles champion Janie Ellis of Clovis West High School breezed through the first two rounds of the Central Section individual girls tennis championships.
The top-seeded Golden Eagles’ junior opened with a 6-0, 6-0 victory Friday against No. 16 Katie Pfaff of Woodlake, then downed Bakersfield Christian’s No. 8 Liberty Roche 6-1, 6-0 in the quarterfinals at Garces High in Bakersfield.
Ellis is set to face Bakersfield Christian’s Delany Roche in the semifinals when the tournament resumes at 4 p.m. Saturday at Bakersfield Country Club.
Fifth-seeded Roche beat No. 4 Elizabeth Schulz of Clovis North 3-6, 6-3, 6-3 in the quarterfinals.
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Buchanan’s sixth-seeded Lasya Gudipudi will face Frontier’s No. 2 Madison Swaney in the other semifinal.
Gudipudi, a member of last season’s championship doubles team with the now graduated Lauren Lee, opened with a 6-0, 6-0 win over No. 11 Jordan Pickett of Clovis North, then swept Redwood’s No. 3 Claire Yang 6-1, 6-3 in the quarterfinals.
Saturday’s finals are scheduled for 6 p.m.
In doubles, Clovis West’s second-seeded Julia August and Katelyn Pevandi reached the semifinals by beating Buchanan’s No. 15 Stephanie Foanene and Mikayla Marini 6-3, 6-1 in the round of 16, and No. 10 Anna Ashford and Mia Sawaya of Stockdale 6-3, 6-1 in the quarterfinals.
August and Pevandi, 1-3 as a team before entering the postseason, will face Clovis North’s No. 6 Nandini Nair and Aliya Kusumo in one semifinal.
Nair and Kusumo downed Garces’ Bianca Burkhart and Lelani Strahan 6-4, 2-6, 7-5, then topped Central Valley Christian’s No. 14 Evin Haworth and Erika Roeloffs 7-5, 6-2 in the quarters.
Haworth and Roeloffs advanced out of the first round when the third-seeded team of Clovis’ Kelly Crouch and Tori Mueller had to default because of injury.
The other doubles semifinal features top-seeded Anastasia Drulias and Alexsia Drulias of Garces against Bakersfield’s No. 4 Kate Kelly and Margo Kuney.