July 14, 2013
Dominique Harmath fell one game short of reaching the final day of tennis competition at 27th World University Games, dropping a taught three-set match to Japan's Yuki Tanaka in the consolation semifinals of women's singles in Kazan, Russia.
Harmath and Tanaka battled back and forth, which each player taking a two-game lead only once in the first two sets, with Harmath taking the first 7-6 and Tanaka the second, 7-5 before Tanaka clinched the match with a 10-5 win in the super tiebreaker 10-5 set. to advance to the consolation final against teammate Megumi Nishimoto, who downed Harmath's Canadian teammate Kristina Sanjevic in another three-set match.
"It was an extremely close match the whole way through," Harmath said. "At the beginning of the first set tiebreaker, I took a fall on my back and had to take an injury timeout. But I was able to come back and win the tiebreaker 7-1."
Harmath held a 5-4 lead in the second set, but Tanaka battled back to win the final three games and even the match and send it to the deciding super tiebreaker.
"It was unfortunate that I could not pull out the second set after taking a lead, but overall I am pleased with the way I played today against a quality opponent. Kristina and I were aware we were playing for a chance to play each other tomorrow, but it didn't work out."
Harmath will remain in Kazan until the end of the games, returning on July 18. She will continue to update her diary over the final days of the competition.
She finished competition with a 2-2 record in singles and a 1-1 mark in mixed doubles while representing her country.
"It's been a good week of tennis," Harmath said. "I definitely played much better after a slow start in my first match. I am going to enjoy these last few days here in Kazan with all the other athletes from around the world."
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