Oct. 17, 2013
Kimberly Anicete won twice while teammates Natalie Beazant and Dominique Harmath both won after opening round byes to advance to the Round of 32 in the singles draw of the USTA-ITA Texas Regional being held at TCU's Bayard H. Friedman Tennis Center in Ft. Worth, Texas on Thursday.
Anicete ran her fall tournament record in singles to 6-1 by racing to a straight-set win over Irene Gandara-UTSA, 6-0. 7-6 and then spotted SMU's Anna Kate Anderson a set before winning 4-6, 6-4. 6-4. Beazant, the tournament's third seed, bested Texas' Lina Padegimaite 6-3, 7-6. Harmath, who is seeded fifth, dispatched of Texas State's Monica Pieratt, 6-1, 6-0.
All three singles players will be on the court at 10:30 on Friday morning looking to advance to the round of 16. Anicente will face the tourney's second seed (Cristina Stancu of Texas A&M). Harmath will face SMU's Dasha Sharapava, while Beazant will face Rutaja Bhosale of Texas A&M.
Four other Owls won opening matches before falling in the second round.
Liat Zimmermann ground out a three-set win over Isabelle Jonsson of UTSA, 3-6, 6-3, 6-3, but then fell to Paula Deheza of Texas A&M, 6-3, 6-2. Stephanie Nguyen downed UTSA"s Nicole Karaklis, 6-0, 6-7, 7-5 before losing to eighth-seeded Ratnika Batra of Texas, 6-3, 6-0. Jane Steward won in straight sets over Kayla Stevenson of Sam Houston before dropping her second round match to TCU's Seda Arantekin, 6-3, 6-3. Freshman Alison Ho needed three sets to defeat Lana Groenvynck of Texas, 3-6, 6-4, 6-4 before falling to Jessica Khats of Texas State, 6-4, 6-3.
Solomiya Zinko dropped a pair of tie-breakers to lose her opening match to Davina Meza of UTEP, 6-7, 6-7. She will open play in the singles consolation round on Friday.
Rice advanced two doubles teams on the opening day of action.
Harmath and Ho won a pair of matches to move to the round of 16. They opened with an 8-0 win over Texas A&M Corpus Christi's Maider Martin and Stefania Nicolai, then came back to down Texas Tech's Sam Czarnika and Beatriz Santos, 8-2.
Beazant and Zimmermann, who are seeded sixth, raced to an 8-1 win over Texas A&M's Saska Gavrilovska and Jana McCord.