Texas women's tennis head coach Howard Joffe. Shelby Tauber / AMERICAN-STATESMAN


Texas women’s tennis team sweeps season opener

Posted January 20th, 2018


The courts at the new Texas Tennis Center were too damp from overnight fog to play on, so the Texas women’s team moved inside the Weller Indoor Tennis Center to sweep UT Rio Grande Valley and Texas State on Saturday.

The sweep opened the season for the No. 12 Longhorns.

“I was very pleased with our group as a whole,” head coach Howard Joffe said. “There’s definitely lots of rust on us, lots of places we need to get better, and some places we were terrific.”


The Longhorns opened with Texas State, quickly earning the doubles point while losing just four doubles games in the match.

Petra Granic and Marta Perez-Mur defeated Ana Perez and Julia Navajo-Melendez 6-0 to take the opening win. Bianca Turati and Fernanda Labraña bested Joy Chia Ming Ming and Sopia Murcia-Rodriguez 6-2 to seal the doubles point. Anna Turati and Bojana Markovic were leading their match 4-2 before they abandoned it.

Dani Wagland defeated Alex Jones 6-2, 6-0 before Granic topped Navajo-Melendez 6-3, 6-1.

Perez-Mur sealed the match with a 6-2, 6-3 win over Chia Ming Ming.

The contest with UT Rio Grande Valley was more of the same.

Texas took two quick wins at second and third doubles to start. Bianca Turati teamed with Markovic this time to defeat Dominique Fuster and Lasya Patnaik 6-1. Perez-Mur and Labraña sealed the point with a 6-2 win over Doris Aleksovska and Anastasia Belyaeva.

Markovic started singles action with a 6-2, 6-0 win over Belyaeva.

Bianca Turati, ranked No. 10 in singles, made quick work of Dominique Esparza with a 6-0, 6-0 win.

Granic sealed the match with a 6-0, 6-2 win over Marisha Darzyan.

“I’m pleased that we’ve got these two formal dual matches under our belt before we leave to go to California, where there’ll be some questions asked of how good the team is out of the gate,” Joffe said.

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