No. 23 Ole Miss Women’s Tennis Team Defeats Purdue 5-2

Photo by Ellen O’Nan/Ole Miss Athletics

Powered by the doubles point, a quick win at No. 6 singles and two of the top three singles matches, the No. 23-ranked Ole Miss women’s tennis team defeated Purdue 5-2 Saturday at the Schwartz Tennis Center to begin the 2018 season.

Sophomore Tereza Janatova missed the fall and has only been back a couple weeks, but she made her presence known, grabbing a 6-2 win at No. 3 doubles with junior Allie Sanford. The No. 22 ranked duo of Natalie Suk and Sabina Machalova won 7-5 at No. 2 doubles to clinch the point.

In singles, the Rebels captured four first sets. Janatova gained a quick 6-1, 6-2 win against Purdue’s Zala Dovnik at No. 6 to make it 2-0 Rebels.

Machalova lost to Ena Babic 6-3, 6-4 at No. 3 singles, but the Rebels picked up straight set wins from seniors Arianne Hartono (6-2, 6-4) and Suk (6-4, 6-0) to close out the Boilermakers.

After Purdue claimed the match t No. 4 singles, Tea Jandric won the final point for the Rebels 6-1, 7-5 at No. 5 singles.

Quick Hits
• Ole Miss begins the 2018 season 1-0
• The Rebels are now 2-0 all-time against Purdue
• Natalie Suk and Sabina Machalova improved to 11-2 on the year
• Arianne Hartono and Alexa Bortles moved to 10-5 overall
• Ole Miss begins the 2018 season 1-0
• Hartono notched her 10th win of the year

Courtside with Head Coach Mark Beyers
“Solid win over a power 5 conference team on the road to start the season. Purdue is definitely a much-improved team. We still lots of room for improvement, but always good to start the season 1-0.”

#23 Ole Miss 5, Purdue 2

Doubles
1. #6 Hartono/Bortles (OM) def. Ambrosio/Babic (PU) 7-6
2. #22 Suk/Machalova (OM) def. Baquerizo/Shimizu (PU) 7-5
3. Janatova/Sanford (OM) def. Dovnik/Sabe (PU) 6-2
Order of Finish: 3, 2, 1
Singles
1. #50 Arianne Hartono (OM) def. #86 Silvia Ambrosio (PU) 6-2, 6-4
2. #81 Natalie Suk (OM) def. Alex Sabe (PU) 6-4, 6-0
3. Ena Babic (PU) def. #68 Sabina Machalova (OM) 6-3, 6-4
4. Rafaella Baquerizo (PU) def. Alexa Bortles (OM) 6-4, 6-1
5. Tea Jandric (OM) def. Seira Shimizu (PU) 6-1, 7-5
6. Tereza Janatova (OM) def. Zala Dovnik (PU) 6-1, 6-2
Order of Finish: 6, 3, 2, 1, 4, 5

Next Up
The Rebels will head to Stillwater, Oklahoma next for the ITA Kick-Off Jan. 26-27.

For more information on Ole Miss Women’s Tennis, follow the Rebels on Twitter at @OleMissWTennis, on Facebook at OleMissWTennis and on Instagram at OleMissWTennis. Also follow Coach Beyers on Twitter, @MarkBeyers.


Courtesy of Ole Miss Sports Information

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