Bianca Turati, a UT freshman tennis player, defeated Viktoriya Lushkova of Oklahoma St. 6-2, 6-2 to advance to the second round of the USTA Pro Circuit event in Stillwater, Okla. on Wednesday.
The freshman’s win over the No. 39 player sets up a matchup with Katie Swan of Great Britain on Thursday.
“Under perfect circumstances it is awfully difficult to win a match in one of these pro tournaments,” Texas head coach Howard Joffe said. “But when you consider all the changes she is going through in such a short time as a freshman in a new country, I am in awe of her diligence, humility and fighting spirit.”
Turati, who’s competing as an amateur at the event, and her Texas teammate twin sister, Anna, are natives of Barzano, Italy.
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