Women's Tennis

W-Tennis Advances To Four Finals, Two In Singles And Two In Doubles, On Day Two Of The Texas Invitational

Go smu!
Go smu!

Go smu!

Sept. 22, 2012

AUSTIN, Texas (SMU) --- The SMU Women's Tennis team won semifinal matchups in two singles draws and both doubles brackets in Saturday's action at the Texas Invitational. The Mustangs will play in four bracket championship matches on Sunday. In doubles, Edyta Cieplucha and Aleksandra Malyarchikova topped the 18th-ranked duo from Texas 8-3 to reach the championship.

"We had several optimal individual performances today," said head Coach Kati Gyulai. "Our fundamentals were good in doubles and earned us two spots in the final tomorrow. We put up several stellar shows in singles that sent us to the final tomorrow. We look to close out those draws strong tomorrow. As a team however, we must continue to honor our commitments and to click on the same day."

In singles, Malyarchikova and Hristina Dishkova reached their respective title matches. Malyarchikova topped the No. 4 seed Sophia Bergner of Denver 6-3, 6-2 in the quarterfinal, then dominated the semifinal 6-2, 6-1 over Valentina Starkova of UNT. Dishkova also won her quarterfinal and semifinal matches in straight sets. Both finals are Sunday at 10:30 a.m.

In doubles, Heidi Stewart and Holly Verner added to the SMU success of Cieplucha and Malyarchikova. Stewart and Verner defeated the top-seeded pair from Houston 8-4. Both doubles championships are on Sunday at 8:30 a.m.

Updated brackets and live results available here:



Texas Invitational - Singles - Orange Bracket (A)
1st Rnd (16) - No. 34 (1) Edyta Cieplucha (SMU) def. Audrey Wooland (WVU) 6-2, 7-6
Quarterfinal - Keseniya Bardabush (UNT) def. No. 34 (1) Edyta Cieplucha (SMU) 4-6, 6-4, 6-1

1st Rnd (16) - Aleksandra Malyarchikova (SMU) def. Millie Nichols (TCU) 7-5, 6-3
Quarterfinal - Aleksandra Malyarchikova (SMU) vs. (4) Sophia Bergner (Denver) 6-3, 6-2
Semifinal - Aleksandra Malyarchikova (SMU) def. Valentina Starkova (UNT) 6-2; 6-1
Final (Sun. 10:30am) - Aleksandra Malyarchikova (SMU) vs. Elizabeth Begley (Texas)

Texas Invitational - Singles - White Bracket (B)
1st Rnd (16) - Hristina Dishkova (SMU) def. (1) Liat Zimmerman (Rice) 6-3, 7-5
Quarterfinal - Hristina Dishkova (SMU) def. Monika Sirilova (TCU) 6-3, 6-4
Semifinal - Hristina Dishkova (SMU) def. Barbora Vykydalova (UNT) 7-5; 6-4
Final (Sun. 10:30am) - Hristina Dishkova (SMU) vs. Stephanie Nguyen (Rice)

1st Rnd (16) - (4) Elena Fayner (SMU) def. Emma Isberg (Denver) 6-4, 6-4
Quarterfinal - Stephanie Nguyen (Rice) def. (4) Elena Fayner (SMU) 6-2, 6-2

Texas Invitational - Singles - Black Bracket (C)
1st Rnd (16) - Heidi Stewart (SMU) def. Natalie Hand (UTSA) 6-0, 6-1
Quarterfinal - (3) Solo Zinko (Rice) def. Heidi Stewart (SMU) 6-4, 6-1

Texas Invitational - Singles - Fuchsia Bracket (D)
1st Rnd (16) - (4) Holly Verner (SMU) def. Emilia Box (UNT) 6-4, 6-4
Quarterfinal - (4) Holly Verner (SMU) def. Dionne Sanders (Houston) 6-1, 6-1
Semifinal - Dane Joubert (UNT) def. (4) Holly Verner (SMU) 5-7, 6-3, 6-4

Texas Invitational - Doubles - Orange Bracket (A)
1st Rnd (16) - (4) Edyta Cieplucha / Aleksandra Malyarchikova (SMU) def. Stephanie Nguyen / Daniela Trigo (Rice) 8-0
Quarterfinal - (4) Edyta Cieplucha / Aleksandra Malyarchikova (SMU) def. Carolina Magnusson / Carolina Thorton (Tulane) 8-3
Semifinal - (4) Edyta Cieplucha / Aleksandra Malyarchikova (SMU) def. No. 18 (1) Lina Padegimaite / Noel Scott (Texas) 8-3
Final (Sun. 8:30am) - (4) Edyta Cieplucha / Aleksandra Malyarchikova (SMU) vs. Keseniya Bardabush / Franziska Sprinkmeyer (UNT)

1st Rnd (16) - Hristina Dishkova / Elena Fayner (SMU) def. (2) Millie Nichols / Monika Sirilova (TCU) 8-5
Quarterfinal - Keseniya Bardabush / Franziska Sprinkmeyer (UNT) def. Hristina Dishkova / Elena Fayner (SMU) 8-3

Texas Invitational - Doubles - White Bracket (B)
1st Rnd (16) - Heidi Stewart / Holly Verner (SMU) def. (4) Jane Pinkston / Whitney Wofford (OU) 8-2
Quarterfinal - Heidi Stewart / Holly Verner (SMU) def. Liat Zimmerman / Solo Zinko (Rice) 8-5
Semifinal - Heidi Stewart / Holly Verner (SMU) def. (1) Elena Kordolaimi / Dionne Sanders (Houston) 8-4
Final (Sun. 8:30am) - Heidi Stewart / Holly Verner (SMU) vs. Dane Joubert / Llona Serchenko (UNT)

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