Maria Kononova
Maria  Kononova
Class:
Junior

Hometown:
Ufa, Russia

High School:
Bashkir Institute

Height:
5-10


05/23/2018

Kononova Loses In NCAA Championships First Round

Kononova Falls 6-1, 6-1

05/22/2018

Where She Belongs

Kononova Set To Begin NCAA Tournament On Wednesday

05/18/2018

Kononova Selected For NCAA Championships

First In Program History To Earn NCAA Singles Tournament Selection

04/27/2018

Tennis Earns Three All-Conference Honors

Kononova Voted First-Team All-Conference For Third Straight Year

04/20/2018

Comeback Falls Short In C-USA Quarterfinals

UNT Loses 4-2.

2017-18
 First player in program-history to be selected to the NCAA Singles Championships
 Lost in the first round of the NCAA Singles Championships

• Broke her own school record on Feb. 23 when she defeated the No. 2 nationally ranked player from FIU, the highest ranked player a UNT tennis player has ever beat
• Defeated North Carolina's star freshman Alle Sanford in straight sets on Sept 16 at the Hall of Fame ITA Grass Court Invitational, Sanford ended the regular season as the No. 27 nationally ranked player
• Earned a program-best No. 41 national ranking in the ITA's preseason ranking
• Became the first UNT women's tennis player to advance to the second round of the ITA All-American Championship after beating Arizona State's Kelley Anderson in straight sets
• Became the first UNT tennis player to earn an invite to the Hall of Fame ITA Grass Court Invite in late September
• Voted First Team All-Conference in singles for a third straight season
• Voted Second Team All Conference in doubles with her doubles partner Minying Liang

• Posted a 9-6 record in duel matches
• Went 8-3 at No. 1 doubles with Minying Liang
• Moved into third-place on the program's all-time singles win list with her April 12 win over SMU's Liza Buss
• Reached the semifinals of the ITA Texas Regional doubles tournament with partner Tamuna Kutubidze
• Won the Milwaukee Classic Doubles championship with partner Tamuna Kutubidze
• Earned a spot in the 2017 Oracle Intercollegiate Tennis Association National Fall Championships in Indian Wells, Calif.


2016-17
• Set the program record for dual match singles victories with 18
• Her .782 winning percentage (18-5) is the second highest in program history and was .006 off the record
• Kononova and her doubles partner set the program-record for dual match doubles victories with 17
• Kononova and Kutubidze's .944 winning percentage (17-1) in dual match doubles is a program record
• Kononova and Kutubidze's 17 straight wins at No. 1 doubles is a program record
• Her five wins over ranked singles opponents is a single season dual match program record
• Her straight set victory on Feb. 10 against Oklahoma's No. 16 nationally ranked Lily Miyazaki is the highest ranked opponent a Mean Green tennis player has beaten in program history
• Reached as high as No. 61 in the ITA rankings, which is a program record
• Owns a 7-3 record all-time versus ranked opponents
• Named C-USA First Team All-Conference for singles 
• Named C-USA First Team All-Conference for doubles

• Ended the year ranked No. 78

• Won nine singles matches in a row from early Febuary to early March
• Named C-USA Women's Tennis Athlete of the Week three times
• Won a 2017 Scrappy for Female Student Athlete of the Year
• Her win over the No. 16 ranked player won the Scrappy for Best Individual Performance of the Year


2015-16 
• Went 8-11 in spring dual matches while playing exclusively at the No. 1 spot as a freshman
• Named a First Team Conference USA selection in singles and doubles
• Two-time Conference USA Player of the Week (February 23, March 15)
• Was 2-1 versus ITA top-125 players this spring
• Claimed the match-clinching point against VCU
• Finished with a 12-6 record in spring doubles, all at the No. 1 position
• Joined partner Tamuna Kutubidze in defeating #48 Emily Smith and Katherine Ip, 6-3
• Compiled a 7-6 singles record and 8-4 doubles mark in fall play
• Won the doubles draw alongside partner Tamuna Kutubidze at the Wild West Open Shootout II
• Earned a spot on the C-USA Commissioner's Honor Roll for maintaining a GPA of 3.0 or better

High School/International Highlights

• Has won a total of five Russian National titles 
• Defeated Anastasia Chikalkina (No. 177 ITF Jr. /No. 1035 WTA) 6-3, 6-1
• Took down Tatiana Nikoaeva (No. 288 ITF Jr.) 6-4, 6-4 
• Defeated Aleksandra Kuznetsova (No. 295 ITF Jr.) 6-3, 7-5
• Qualified for Kazan, Russia 10k
• Defeated No. 2 seed Anastasia Rudakova (No. 438 WTA) 6-4, 6-3

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