Kononova Loses Heartbreaker At Oracle ITA Fall Championship
Doubles Team Loses 6-3, 6-0
INDIAN WELLS, Calif. — North Texas’ Maria Kononova lost a heartbreaking singles match in the round of 64 at the Intercollegiate Tennis Association’s National Fall Championship.
The Mean Green junior who is ranked No. 41 in the country lost 3-6, 6-2, 6-4 to Miami’s No. 11 nationally ranked Estela Perez-Somarriba.
“Maria battled valiantly in singles,” said head coach Sujay Lama. “It was a fantastic match that came down to a few points at the end.”
Kononova opened the match with a convincing 6-3 first-set victory over her opponent that reached the 2017 NCAA Individual Championship semifinals.
A few tough shots and crazy bounces went Perez-Somarriba’s way and ended up being the difference.
This fall Kononova has competed with and against some of the nation’s best. With performances like Wednesday, she continues to show to the country but also herself that she can play with anyone.
“She will take the positives from today knowing she had one of the top players in the nation on the ropes,” Lama said.
Wednesday didn’t end quite as the Mean Green had hoped
Kononova and Tamuna Kutubidze struggled in their round of 32 doubles match versus Georgia’s Elena Christofi/Morgan Coppoc.
The North Texas doubles team lost 6-3, 6-0 to the No. 34 nationally ranked doubles team in the ITA National Fall Championship.
“We have to come ready to battle on Thursday in both singles and doubles,” Lama said. “The key is to come out hungry and sustain focus for the entire match.”
Kononova and Kutubidze will compete in the consolation brackets Thursday afternoon. Kononova will play Marta Gonzalez of Georgia and the doubles team will play a doubles team from Syracuse.
Perez-Somarriba (Miami) def. Kononova; 3-6, 6-2, 6-4
Christofi/Coppoc (Georgia) def. Kononova/Kutubidze; 6-3, 6-0