March 11, 2008
Indian Wells, Calif. - UCLA women's tennis player Riza Zalameda came up just short in her bid to qualify for the 2008 Pacific Life Open on Tuesday, as the Bruin senior fell in three sets to Russia's Alla Kudryavtseva in the final round of qualifying at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden.
Zalameda, who upset 127th-ranked Julia Goerges of Germany in the opening round, won the first set against Kudryavtseva on Tuesday but couldn't hold on, dropping a 3-6, 6-1, 7-6(5) decision to the world's 101st-ranked player.
"I felt like I had it," said Zalameda, who is ranked No. 7 in the current Intercollegiate Tennis Association Singles Rankings. "I was so close to closing it out, but I played some loose points at the wrong times. All I can do is try to stay positive. I feel a bit sad, but I proved I can play with these women."
The good news for UCLA is that Zalameda will be in the lineup when the Bruins face No. 8 USC this Thursday at 1:30 p.m. That match will be at the Marks Tennis Stadium on the campus of USC.
The Pacific Life Open is annually one of the biggest stops on the Sony Ericsson WTA Tour.