Mean Green Fall 4-1 At UCF
Kononova Wins Second-Straight Singles Match
ORLANDO, FL. — The North Texas tennis team fell 4-1 on the road to the University of Central Florida Sunday afternoon.
The Golden Knights, who were two days removed from defeating No. 15 South Carolina, 4-3, took an early 2-0 lead over the Mean Green after winning the doubles point. They closed the match with victories in singles at No. 6 and a three-set win at No. 4.
UNT’s (1-1) one point came at the No. 1 spot where Maria Kononova defeated Maria Martinez in straight sets, 6-4, 6-4. Kononova, the No. 42 ranked player in the country, improves to 2-0 on the year. She defeated the No. 97 ranked Ana Roman of South Florida in three sets on Friday.
North Texas’ No. 36 nationally ranked doubles team of Kononova and Tamuna Kutubidze did not finish their match Sunday afternoon versus UCF (2-0). They led 5-4 when the match was called after the Golden Knights had won 6-2 at No. 2 and 6-4 at No. 3. Kononova and Kutubidze’s double match on Friday versus South Florida was also unfinished.
In singles, Kutubidze playing in the No. 2 spot in the lineup and sophomore Haruka Sasaki playing at the No. 5 spot took both of their matches to a third set but had them go unfinished. Kutubidze won her second set and Sasaki won her first set.
The Mean Green host their first match of the year on Saturday versus Conference USA foe LA Tech. The match is scheduled to start at noon from the Waranch Tennis Complex.
1. #42 Maria Kononova (UNT) def. Maria Martinez (UCF) 6-4, 6-4
2. Ksenia Kuznetsova (UCF) vs. Tamuna Kutubidze (UNT) 1-6, 6-4 2-1, unfinished
3. Rebeka Stolmar (UCF) def. Minying Liang (UNT) 6-0, 6-3
4. Monica Matias (UCF) def. Nidhi Surapaneni (UNT) 3-6, 6-2, 6-1
5. Natalia Serrano (UCF) vs. Haruka Sasaki (UNT) 3-6, 6-3, 1-1, unfinished
6. Silvia Bordes (UCF) def. Alexandra Heczey (UNT) 6-3, 7-5
1. Ksenia Kuznetsova/Maria Martinez (UCF) vs. #36 Tamuna Kutubidze/Maria Kononova (UNT) 5-4, unfinished
2. Natalia Serrano/Monica Matias (UCF) def. Alexandra Heczey/Ivana Babic (UNT) 6-2
3. Rebeka Stolmar/Silvia Bordes (UCF) def. Nidhi Surapaneni/Minying Liang (UNT) 6-4