ITA Texas Regional Day One Recap
Kononova Advances To Round Of 32
DENTON — Maria Kononova advanced to the round of 32 of the Intercollegiate Tennis Association’s Texas Regional singles draw after winning her only match Friday afternoon.
In total, the Mean Green as a team collected three singles wins but Kononova was the only one to advance past the round of 64.
“There were some missed opportunities today,” said head coach Sujay Lama. “Today we did not play the way we had been playing. We need to play with a little more grit on Saturday.”
Kononova is the No. 3 overall seed in the singles draw, which earned her a first-round bye. In the round of 64, she faced Sam Houston State’s Carrie Casey who Kononova beat 7-5, 7-6(4). Kononova will face TCU’s Alexis Pereira Saturday at noon.
Junior Tamuna Kutubidze won her first-round match against Abilene Christian University’s Lucile Pothier, 6-3, 7-5. But in the round of 64, Kutubidze lost to the No. 7 overall seed Wendy Zhang of Rice in straight sets, 6-1, 6-1.
Fellow junior Minying Liang was the only other Mean Green tennis player to win a first-round match. Liang defeated Texas A&M’s Dorthea Hyiding, 1-6, 6-1, 6-2. But similar to Kutubidze, Liang dropped her round of 64 match to Rice’s Lindsey Hodge who is the No. 10 overall seed in the draw.
The second round of the doubles competition begins Saturday morning. Heczey and Sasaki will play a Texas State doubles team. Liang and freshman Nidhi Surapaneni received a first-round bye and will face a University of Texas Arlington team Saturday morning.
Meanwhile, the tournament’s No. 1 seeded doubles team, Kononova and Kutubidze, will go up against Rice’s Michaela Haet and Savannah Durkin.
MAIN DRAW DOUBLES
Heczey/Sasaki def. Kraus/Hinojosa-Gomez (Baylor): 8-3
MAIN DRAW SINGLES
Guilarie (SFA) def. Heczey: 6-3, 6-2
Kononova def. Casey (SHSU): 7-5, 7-6(4)
Roberts (TCU) def. Sasaki: 6-0, 6-1
Liang def. Hyding (Texas A&M); 1-6, 6-1, 6-2
Hodge (Rice) def. Liang: 6-3, 6-3
Kutubidze def. Pothier (ACU): 6-3, 7-5
Zhang (Rice) def. Kutubidze: 6-1, 6-1
Wichert (UTA) def. Babic: 6-2, 6-2