Bardabush Wins Cotton Bowl Tennis Classic
North Texas sophomore Kseniya Bardabush won first place at the Cotton Bowl Classic tennis tournament Saturday.
DALLAS, Texas (12/30/12) - North Texas sophomore Kseniya Bardabush defeated nationally ranked No. 76 Samantha Adams, of Texas Tech, 7-5; 6-3 to take first place at the Cotton Bowl Classic tennis tournament Saturday afternoon.
"Playing in this tournament was a great experience for me," Bardabush said. "Winning a very competitive tournament gave me a lot of extra confidence for this upcoming season."
On Thursday, Bardabush defeated No. 14 Sydney Riley, of Lakes Tennis Academy, in three sets 6-3; 5-7; 7-6. Bardabush moved on to defeat Zdena Hopkins 6-4; 6-0 in the round of 16.
Bardabush defeated former SMU standout No. 4 Patricia Zerdan 6-1; 2-6;1-0 to advance to the semifinals on Friday afternoon.
Bardabush faced future teammate Alexis Thoma in Friday's semifinal match. Thoma defeated No. 1 Rachel Janssen, 3-6; 6-3; 6-1, and No. 11 Adrien Jenkins, 6-1; 6-7; 1-0, on her way to the semifinals. Bardabush defeated Thoma in straight sets 6-0; 6-2.
Teammate senior Valentina Starkova, who was seeded No. 2, retired in the first round due to illness.
The Mean Green begins 2013 in Fort Meyers, Fla. for the Florida Gulf Coast Invitational January 19-21.