The inaugural matches at the new Texas Tennis Center were held January 19-21, 2018. [RALPH BARRERA / AMERICAN-STATESMAN]

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Texas women’s tennis team cruises to win at home

Posted February 16th, 2018

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The Texas women’s tennis team got its first win at its new home court Friday with a 6-1 defeat of South Florida at the Texas Tennis Center.

The Longhorns, ranked 21st in the nation, secured the doubles point before winning five of the six singles matches.

Petra Granic’s 6-1, 6-2 win over Jessica Cortes Chaves clinched the match for Texas.

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“It was definitely exciting for the group to play our first match here at the new tennis facility,” UT coach Howard Joffe said. “It was good to be home.”

Granic also had a hand in sealing the doubles point as she teamed up with Dani Wagland to top Nicole Dzenga and Vanja Klaric 6-3.

Anna Turati and Fernanda Labraña also took a win in doubles, defeating Alexandria Mjos and Ana Roman Dominguez 6-2.

Marta Perez-Mur started singles action with a 6-3, 6-0 win over Mjos.

Anna Turati won 6-2, 6-0 over Evelyne Tiron to make it 3-0 in favor of Texas.

After Granic sealed the win, Bianca Turati and Dominguez continued their match at first singles. Turati, ranked No. 1 in the nation, defeated Dominguez 6-2, 6-2.

South Florida won at fourth singles before Texas closed the competition with a victory by Katie Poluta. She defeated Juliana Cardoso 4-6, 7-5, 1-0 (11-9).

The Texas women’s tennis team will have a tougher test Saturday at noon as they host No. 6 Stanford.

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