After winning the doubles point, Illinois posted three singles victories to upset the No. 11 Texas women’s tennis team 4-2 on Friday in Champaign, Illinois.
The Fighting Illini won two doubles matches to secure the point, but the Longhorns fought back with two singles wins.
Anna Turati defeated Jaclyn Switkes 6-0, 6-1 before her twin sister Bianca, ranked 10th, topped Asuka Kawai 6-3, 6-1.
After those two singles wins, it was all Illinois. The match result became the first win over a top-20 opponent since 2012 for Illinois. They defeated Texas 4-3 on March 21 of that year.
“While this loss is disappointing for a multitude of reasons, I am genuinely happy for (Illinois coach) Evan Clark, who is not only a personal friend but, in my view, one of the best coaches in the country,” UT head coach Howard Joffe said. “We were outplayed, outfought, outcoached and out of sorts from the beginning. It’s no secret that we have a very young team, and the hope is that we can all profit and learn some lessons as we move forward.”
Emilee Doung bested Fernanda Labraña 6-3, 6-2 to make it 2-2.
Sasha Belaya defeated Marta Perez-Mur 7-5, 6-3 to give Illinois the lead for good.
Mia Rabinowitz sealed the win with a 6-2, 7-6 (5) win over Petra Granic.
The Texas women’s tennis team will face No. 23 Northwestern, which coach Joffe describes as another ferocious team to contend with, on Sunday.