Kononova Named C-USA Tennis Athlete Of The Week
Kononova Defeated No. 2 Nationally Ranked Player
IRVING — After defeating the No. 2 ranked player in the country, junior Maria Kononova was named the Conference USA Tennis Athlete of the Week on Wednesday.
Kononova, the No. 66 ranked player, defeated Florida International’s Andrea Lazaro 6-3, 4-6, 6-4 in a high-intensity match on Thursday at the Las Colinas Country Club in Irving. After winning the first set, Kononova and Lazaro went back-and-forth in the second set and out lasted Lazaro in the third set with power shots and a steady mentality.
It’s the highest ranked singles opponent a Mean Green tennis player has ever beaten. The previous-high was No. 15, which Kononova accomplished last year versus Oklahoma.
Kononova concluded her week with a dominating win over another C-USA opponent, as she beat Marshall’s Stephanie Smith 6-2, 6-3 to lead the Mean Green to a 4-0 win over the Thundering Herd on Sunday.
Kononova is undefeated this season against C-USA opponents and has five wins in the dual match season.
UNT returns home on Saturday to host Houston at noon at the Waranch Tennis Complex.