MOUNT PLEASANT – Emma Navarro’s bid to win her first WTA Tour event came up short in the quarterfinals of the LTP Women’s Open.
The reigning NCAA women’s tennis champion lost to former top 30 player Kateryna Bondarenko 6-3, 6-3 on July 30 at LTP Mount Pleasant.
A rising sophomore at Virginia, Navarro is an Ashley Hall graduate who had main-draw wins at the Volvo Car Open and the MUSC Women’s Health Open on Daniel Island earlier this year.
Bondarenko, ranked as high as No. 29 in the world in 2009, advanced to the semifinals, where she will meet American Jamie Loeb.
Loeb took a 6-3, 6-3 win over Taipei’s En-Shuo Liang.
In the other semifinal, No. 2 seed Lauren Davis will face former top 20 player Varvara Lepchenko. Davis beat fellow American Maria Mateas 6-3, 7-5.
Lepchenko was a 6-1, 6-1 winner over fellow American Hanna Chang. At age 35, Lepchenko was ranked No. 19 on the WTA Tour in 2012 and has won almost $5 million in her career. But she’s still seeking her first WTA Tour singles title.
The LTP Women’s Open is a WTA Tour 125 level event with a purse of $115,000, with the champion earning $15,000.