Oct. 14, 2011
WACO, Texas – TCU’s women’s tennis team got off to a strong start Friday at the HEB Baylor Invitational with Stefanie Tan and Federica Denti advancing to the Round of 16 in singles play.
After receiving a bye in the Round of 64, No. 6-seeded Tan rolled through her opening match in the round of 32, picking up a 6-0, 6-1 win over South Alabama’s Emily Newton. Denti, the tournament’s No. 8 seed, also earned a bye in the first round before moving onto the round of 16 via a 6-2, 6-1 dismissal of UTA’s Natalia Mayuk.
In the singles round of 64, TCU’s Simona Parajova and Kelsey Sundaram each grabbed straight-set victories. Parajova was a 6-1, 6-1 winner over Perri Anderson of SMU, while Sundaram notched a 6-1, 6-3 triumph at the hands of Helene Czudek of Lamar.
Parajova fell in dramatic fashion in the singles Round of 32 to the draw’s No. 3 seed, Diana Nakic of Baylor, 6-7, 6-4, 6-4. It was only the second loss of the fall against college competition for the Horned Frog freshman, who earlier was bettered in the finals of the Racquet Club Collegiate Invitational.
TCU still has players alive in the main draw of the doubles bracket. Denti and Sundaram marched onto the championship quarterfinals with their 8-4 downing of Maria Martinez and Nikola Matovicova of UTA. The frog duo is seeded 4th in the tournament.
TCU returns to action Saturday at the HEB Baylor Invitational with action in the main draw of singles and doubles, as well as the consolation draw in doubles.
HEB Baylor Invitational – TCU Results
Round of 64
Simona Parajova (TCU) def. Perri Anderson (SMU), 6-1, 6-1
Kelsey Sundaram (TCU) def. Helene Czudek (Lamar), 6-1, 6-3
Meghan Blevins (Oklahoma State) def. Molly Welsh (TCU), 6-0, 6-1
Round of 32
No. 6 Stefanie Tan (TCU) def. Emily Newton (South Alabama), 6-0, 6-1
No. 8 Federica Denti (TCU) def. Natalia Mayuk (UTA), 6-2, 6-1
No. 3 Diana Nakic (Baylor) def. Parajova(TCU), 6-7, 6-4, 6-4
No. 5 Jordaan Sanford (Baylor) def. Sundaram (TCU), 6-0, 6-0
Kanyapat Narattana (Oklahoma State) def. Gaby Fernandez (TCU), 6-0, 6-0
Consolation First Round
Kris Roberts (SMU) def. Welsh (TCU), 6-2, 6-2
Round of 32
Melanie Barnes/Karla Martinez (Tarleton) def. Gaby Fernandez/Molly Welsh (TCU), 8-1
Round of 16
Federica Denti/Kelsey Sundaram (TCU) def. Maria Martinez/Nikola Matovicova (UTA), 8-4
Kanyapat Narattana/Malika Rose (Oklahoma State) def. Simona Parajova/Stefanie Tan (TCU), 8-1