FLUSHING, N.Y. – The UConn women’s tennis team took part in the 2014 USTA Billie Jean King Women’s College Invitational at the National Tennis Center in Flushing, N.Y. over the weekend. UConn freshmen Zaki Zaina (West Chester, Pa.) and Summer Walker (Conyers, Ga.) led the Huskies, both advancing to the semifinals in their respective flights.
“The team faced the toughest field of our fall schedule to date and performed very well,” commented head coach Glenn Marshall. “Our two freshmen each made the semi-finals of their respective flights with Zaina Zaki beating the number one seed in her flight in a thrilling three set victory.”
Zaki opened her tournament facing top-seeded Ellen Jang-Milsten of Harvard and opened the match with a 6-4 win in the first set. Jang-Milsten answered with a 6-1 dominant second set but Zaki battled back for a 10-4 win in the third to move on. In the quarterfinal, Zaki beat Charleston Southern’s Valeria Koussenkova, 6-1 and 6-3 to advance to the semis where she met UT-Arlington’s Astrid Gehre. Zaki came up short of a spot in the “B” Flight final, falling 6-4 and 6-3.
In the “C” Flight, Walker made her way to the semifinals, starting with a 6-4, 6-4 win over Fairleigh Dickinson’s Shreya Pasricha. Walker posted a 6-1 and 6-2 win over Fordham’s Bella Genkina in the quarterfinal round to advance to the semifinals of the flight. Walker drew another Fordham Ram in the semis but came up short, 6-1 and 6-3, to Julie Leong.
Senior Maxene Weinberg (Marietta, Ga.), junior Srna Stosljevic (Novi Sad, Serbia) and sophomore Emma Alderman (Hingham, Mass.) all picked up singles victories before losing in the quarterfinals of their flights. Weinberg beat Hofstra’s Sarah Bowan, 6-3 and 6-4 in the “B” Flight.
In the “A” Flight, Stosljevic beat Fordham’s Ellie Ball, 6-3 and 6-1 while Alderman defeated Hofstra’s Louise Lopez, 6-3 and 6-3. Stosljevic picked up a three-set victory in the consolation bracket over Charleston Southern’s Yvonne Hubler, 7-6 (1), 6-7 (5), 10-4.
In doubles action, the team of Walker and sophomore Shea Flanagan (Overland Park, Kans.) won their opening match in the second flight, beating Hofstra’s Giulia Leone and Bianca Posa, 8-1. The duo fell in the quarters to Charleston Southern’s Mikola Cooper and Angelica Sidorenko, 8-6.
The Huskies will host their final dual match of the fall season on Thursday afternoon when they play host to UMass at the University of Connecticut Tennis Courts. The first match is scheduled to start at 2:30 pm.