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Haley Giavara has improved her WTA ranking by more than 300 places since graduating in May.
Former star of the California women’s tennis team Haley Giavara has made the most of her young professional career thus far, claiming a wild card into the 2024 BNP Paribas Open after collecting the most points by a player in singles at the SoCal Pro Series, a collection of tournaments in the ITF/ USTA Pro Circuit. In the “Race to Indian Wells,” the former Golden Bear had numerous standout results, including capturing the W15 Irvine tournament title and ending her career with an appearance in Sunday’s finals of the W15 Lakewood tournament.
One of the most prestigious tournaments in the world outside of the Grand Slams, the BNP Paribas Open will take place in Indian Wells in March.
“This is a tournament that I wouldn’t expect to be playing in for two or three years,” Giavara said. “It’s really special to have this happen next year. It feels great!”
Giavara racked up 63 points from the seven SoCal Pro Series tournaments to easily edge out second-place finisher Megan McCray (38 points). The San Diego producer clinched the wild card before Sunday’s finale, in which she fell to Reese Brantmeier, 6-4, 6-4. Giavara also reached the doubles semifinals at Lakewood and won the doubles crown at the Irvine tournament in early July.
Giavara, a two-time All-American for the Bears who was equally adept in the classroom, was honored as Pac-12 Scholar-Athlete of the Year for women’s tennis, named to the Pac-12 Spring Academic Honor Roll, earned a spot on the All-District Scholars Team of Collegiate Sports Communicators, and earned ITA Scholar-Athlete status for the 2022-23 season.
She’s been playing tennis virtually non-stop since graduating from Cal in May with a degree in legal studies and sociology, and her WTA rankings reflect her recent success. Giavara was ranked 950th in the world in the WTA poll on May 22, the date of the first ranking that came out after graduating, and is now a career-best 648th in the latest poll on Monday. .
“It’s going very well,” Giavara said of the beginning of his professional career. “Having as many WTA points as I’ve gotten in the last nine weeks, literally since graduation, it couldn’t have gone better, and now I’m on a little bit of a break that I need.”