Texas freshman Bianca Turati was named the singles co-champion of the National Collegiate Tennis Classic on Sunday in Palm Springs, Calif.
Turati, who is from Italy, defeated Stanford’s Emma Higuchi, ranked 67th in the nation, in straight sets, 6-2, 7-5 in the quarterfinals. She advanced to the finals when USC’s Angela Kulikov retired in the first set of their semifinal match with Turati leading 5-4.
Turati won her second round match against Wichita State’s Gabriela Porubin, 6-2, 6-1 on Saturday.
Due to Friday’s matches being cancelled due to the rain, the final round was cancelled due to time.
“Bianca had a vicious day of competition and showed her mettle with wins over excellent players from Stanford and USC,” said second-year Texas coach Howard Joffe. “She is co-champion of an event whose past winners include former Texas coach and Stanford legend Patty Fendick. It’s a nice way for Bianca to ring in the new year.”
In other action, Petra Granic and Neda Koprcina were eliminated in doubles action by Oklahoma State’s Katarina Stresnakova and Lena Ruppert, 6-4.
Turati and Katie Poluta won their doubles match against Arizona’s Samantha Czarniak and Lauren Marker, 6-3.
Koprcina won her consolation match against Wichita State’s Marta Bellucco, 7-5, 6-0. She lost her first round match to Ruppert in straight sets, bud defeated South Dakota’s Daniela Morales after dropping the first set, 1-6.
Katie Poluta lost her first round match to USC’s Jessica Failla and Granic lost her first round match to San Diego’s Gemma Garcia. Poluta and Granic each lost their consolation matches on Sunday.
The women’s tennis team will be back in action on Jan. 28-29 at the ITA Kickoff Weekend in Chapel Hill, N.C.
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