by Chuck Pool (cpool@edu) -
Wendy Zhang advanced to the round of 16 with a straight set win and combined with Lindsey Hodge for a pair of wins to reach the quarterfinals in doubles at the 2017 ITA Texas Regional Championships Presented by Oracle in Fort Worth on Saturday.
Zhang, who is seeded seventh in singles, ran her fall tournament record to 9-1 with a 6-3, 6-3 win over Nicole Petchey of SMU. She will face 11th seed Anna Turati of Texas at 11:30 Sunday for a berth in the quarterfinals which will be played at 2:30.
Hodge and Zhang, seeded fourth, downed Iulia Ivascu and Macarena Olivares of Texas A&M and Alexandra Heczey and Haruka Sasaki of North Texas by identical 8-5 scores. They will take on Turati and Petra Granic at 10 a.m. for a berth in the semifinals.
2017 ITA Texas Regional Championships Presented by Oracle
Singles Main Draw
Wendy Zhang (Rice)  def. Nicole Petchey (SMU), 6-3, 6-3
Angie Shakhraichuk (BAYLOR) def. Lindsey Hodge , 7-5, 6-3
Donika Bashota (TCU)  def. Priya Niezgoda (Rice), 67-4, 6-2
Bianca Turati (Texas)  def. Anna Bowtell (Rice), 6-2, 6-1
Michaela Haet (Rice)  def. Joy Ming Ming Chia (Texas State), 6-3, 6-0
Savannah Durkin (Rice) def. Darinka Tiboldi (SFA), 6-3; 6-2
Michaela Haet (Rice)  def. Haruka Sasaki (North Texas), 7-6(3); 6-0
Savannah Durkin (Rice) def. Kristina Sorokolet (Baylor), 7-5; 6-1
Doubles Main Draw
Tamuna Kutubidze/Maria Kononova (North Texas) def. Savannah Durkin/Michaela Haet (Rice), 8-4
Priya Niezgoda/Anna Bowtell (Rice) def. Laura Bernardos/Constandena Nicolau (Houston), 8-4
Lindsey Hodge/Wendy Zhang [4} def. Iulia Ivascu/’Macarena Olivares (Texas A&M), 8-5
Lucile Pothier/Whitney Williams (ACU) def. Fernanda Astete/Sofie Moenster (Rice), 8-3
Sarah Dvorak/Felicity Maltby, Texas Tech  def. Priya Niezgoda/Anna Bowtell (Rice), 8-6
Lindsey Hodge/Wendy Zhang [4} def. Alexandra Heczey/Haruka Sasaki (North Texas), 8-5