Redbirds conclude day one of the ITA Midwest Regionals

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CHAMPAGNE, Ill. – The Illinois state women’s tennis team got off to a great start in Friday’s highly competitive ITA Midwest Regionals hosted by Illinois. The full results can be found on the ITA website.

“Today was a good day for us out there,” said head coach Maja Kovacek. “We played a lot of competitive games and achieved some good victories. Alex and Tijana had to dig deep for their three-set wins to continue in the main field.”

Second year Tijana Zlatanovic defeated DePaul’s Maddie Yergler (5-7, 6-3, 6-3) to secure a spot in Saturday’s third round after drawing a bye in the first round.

Junior Alexandra Abyasova won her first round match against Julia Kuszynski from Toledo (0-6, 6-3, 6-3) and survived the win over Alina Mukhortova from Wisconsin (6-2, 1-6, 7-6 (2)) and advance to the singles slate on Saturday.

Elena Jankulovska, Laura Fitzgerald and Othilia Brodin all recorded wins over their opponents in the opening round before falling in the round of 64.

All four double teams will be in action tomorrow afterwards Othilia Brodin/Laura Fitzgerald defeated a duo from Eastern Michigan (8-2) and the pair Maria Potsi/Tijana Zlatanovic took a team from Valparaiso (8-1). Penelope Abreu/Tara Damnjanovic and Alexandra Abyasova/Elena Jankulovska everyone received a bye for the first round.

The 18-person ITA Midwest Regional field consists of top players from Illinois, Notre Dame, Eastern Michigan, Wisconsin, Toledo, Northwestern, DePaul, Northern Illinois, Colorado State, Michigan State, Ohio State, UIC, Valparaiso, Marquette, Bowling Green, Eastern Illinois, Michigan and the Redbirds.

RESULTS DAY 1

SINGLES

ROUND OF 128

Tijana Zlatanovic (ISU), bye

Alexandra Abyasova (ISU) def. Julia Kuszynski (Toledo) 0-6, 6-3, 6-3

Calista Fuller (State of Chicago) def. Tara Damnjanovic (ISU) 7-5, 6-4

Elena Jankulovska (ISU) def. Claire Czerwonka (Valpo) 6-4, 4-6, 6-2

Penelope Abreu (ISU), bye

Laura Fitzgerald (ISU) def. Lizi Morgoshia (State of Chicago) 6-2, 6-1

Othilia Brodin (ISU) def. Hannah Neuman (Bowling Green) 6-1, 6-3

Maria Potsi (ISU), bye

ROUND OF 64

Tijana Zlatanovic (ISU) def. Maddie Yergler (DePaul) 5-7, 6-3, 6-3

Alexandra Abyasova (ISU) def. Alina Mukhortova (Wisconsin) 6-2, 1-6, 7-6 (2)

Hannah McColgan (Northwest) defeated. Elena Jankulovska (ISU) 6-4, 6-0

Yashna Yellayi (Notre Dame) def. Penelope Abreu (ISU) 6-4, 6-3

Nibedita Ghosh (Notre Dame) def. Laura Fitzgerald (ISU) 6-4, 6-0

Ashley Ja (Illinois) def. Othilia Brodin (ISU) 6-1, 6-0

Shalini defeated Tallamraju (Toledo). Maria Potsi (ISU) [med]

DOUBLE

ROUND OF 64

Penelope Abreu/Tara Damnjanovic (ISU), bye

Alexandra Abyasova/Elena Jankulovska (ISU), bye

Othilia Brodin/Laura Fitzgerald (ISU) def. Prena Vichare / Sabina Brichackova (Eastern Michigan), 8-2

Maria Potsi/Tijana Zlatanovic (ISU) def. Allison McConnell / Demi Jahveri (Valparaiso), 8-1

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