July 5, 2013
Rice's Dominique Harmath opens play in the 27th Summer Universiade in Kazan, Russia on July 8 when she participates in the opening round of women's singles at the Kazan Tennis Academy.
"I feel extremely honored to be representing Canada at the Games. I have always wanted to do something like this and I could not be happier that the opportunity presented itself with the Kazan Games," Harmath said.
Harmath is one of three members of the Canadian women's team, joining Christina Rustscheff of Queens University of Charlott (NC) and Kristina Sanjevic of the University of Alberta. Harmath will play both in singles and then team with Isade Juneau, who recently completed his career at Indiana, in mixed doubles action beginning on July 11.
Harmath completed her junior season at Rice with a 17-8 record in singles and was earned her first ITA national ranking, finishing ranked 64th. She qualified for the NCAA Tennis championship in both singles and doubles and was honored by Conference USA coaches as the Outstanding Singles Player of the conference championship while helping lead the Owls to their first team title since 2006.
Harmath said she looks forward to competing for her country as well as supporting other Canadian teams during the games. "The team feeling is definitely similar to the team environment at Rice, and while I'm representing Canada, I am representing Rice as well. We will be watching several other sports compete during the Games, starting with the men's soccer team when they play France," Harmath said.
Canada has captured four tennis medals over the years at the world university games, including a pair of golds and two bronzes. The Universiade tennis tournament will wrap up on July 16 with the singles and mixed doubles finals. The gold-medal matches in women's and men's doubles are scheduled for July 15.
Harmath is hoping to add to both her country's medal count as well as add a second to the her family's collection.
Her grandfather, Dr. Zoltan Harmath, won a Gold medal in rowing for Hungary at the 1951 games while two of her cousins, Andreas and Kristian Kuharszky, competed for Hungary in the 2009 Summer Universiade, which was held in Belgrade, Serbia.
Opening Ceremonies for the event will take place on Saturday, July 6. Selected events will be available on EPSN2 and ESPN 3, but the tennis competition is not among those scheduled for broadcast.
The Universiade is an International multi-sport event, organized for university athletes by the International University Sports Federation (FISU). The name is a combination of the words "University" and "olympiad". The Universiade is often referred to in English as the World University Games.