Sept. 25, 2010
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - Sophomore Emma Levy won the Venus Williams Singles Draw and teamed with junior Mariam Kuradadze to claim the Wimbledon Doubles Draw in the final day of the Roberta Alison Fall Classic on Saturday at the Alabama Tennis Stadium.
Playing out the remainder of the tournament due to inclement weather forecast for the area on Sunday, the Green Wave went 12-7 in matches that did not involve walk-over decisions due to injury after posting a 9-6 singles record and a 3-1 doubles mark. For the weekend, Tulane was 26-13 with a 17-8 singles record and a 9-5 doubles showing.
"I honestly thought my team couldn't do any better than they did yesterday but I am proud to say I was wrong," Tulane head women's tennis coach Terri Sisk said. "Today was one of the biggest days we have ever had. Mariam and Emma won (Wimbledon Draw) doubles with a huge win over No. 1 seed Kentucky. If they keep this level up, the All-American tournament will be a fun tournament next weekend with them surprising several teams.
To follow that victory, Emma had huge wins over players from Alabama and then in the finals against Baylor. Lindsay Dvorak was also very impressive today. She played a big match against Tiffany (Welcher of Alabama), who was the former No. 1 for Alabama, and won in three sets. It was a great effort from Lindsay. She is truly a hard worker on the court."
Tulane began its day on a high note as Kurdadze and Levy joined forces to defeat Kentucky's Megan Broderick and Khristina Blajkevitch, 8-6, in the Wilbledon Draw championship match. Also posting doubles victories for the Wave on Saturday were Dvorak and freshman Katherine Cecil with an 8-3 decision over Mississippi State's Vivian Pietraroia and Jordan Zachary in the Australian Open Draw and the duo of Sharon Siegel and Jessica Lange with an 8-5 victory over Elle Coldiron and Meredith Morrow of Kentucky in the French Open Draw.
Junior Elizabeth Hamlin also posted a pair of singles wins in the final day of the Alison Classic with a 6-2, 7-6 (7-2) victory over Tennessee-Martin's Anna Marie Herbold and a 7-5, 6-3 decision over Samford's Madelie Janse Van Rensburg in the Caroline Wozniaki Draw.
Dvorak, freshman Hila Elster and junior Jessica Lange each advanced to the singles finals with second-round wins over Welcher (6-4, 4-6, 6-1) in the Maria Sharapova Draw and over the Crimson Tide's Meritt Emery (walk-over due to injury) in the Lindsay Davenport Draw and over UAB's Menanteau Moolman (6-4, 6-3) in the Chris Evert Draw, respectively, before falling in the championship matches.
Kurdadze bounced back from a three-set loss to Alabama's Mary Anne Macfarlane in the second round of the Serena Williams Draw to post a 7-6 (7-4), 6-2 victory over Kentucky's Megan Broderick in the consolation round, and junior Sharon Siegel recorded a second-round 6-3, 7-5 win over Kentucky's Meredith Morrow in the Billie Jean King Draw.
"Today's conditions were tough because the tournament director decided to finish the tournament today due to impending weather in the area for tomorrow," Sisk said. "So that meant a doubles match first followed by two singles matches and in this intense heat, you worry about fatigue and cramping. There were a couple of matches that we honestly should have won but we ran out of gas and some began to cramp. However, everyone's attitude was great and just settled down and played really gritty tennis.
"Another great part of the day was having so many parents from other teams talk about how good they thought we were and impressed with the level of this team. As the coach of this team, you just feel proud and to have everyone else notice how hard they work and how much they are accomplishing and coupled with great sportsmanship."
Kurdadze and Levy return to action on Saturday, Oct. 2, when they travel to the West Coast to participate in the prestigious Riviera/ITA Women's All-America Championship as the Green Wave pair earned spots in the invitation-only tournament in both singles and doubles action. The two-day pre-qualifying rounds conclude on Sunday, Oct. 3. In singles action, Kurdadze and Levy must win three rounds to advance to the qualifying rounds, and the duo must do the same in doubles to advance. From there, the qualifying rounds are slated for Oct. 5-6, in Riviera, Calif.
From there, the Green Wave return to full-team competition on Friday, Oct. 8, when they open play in the Rice Classic in Houston. The Rice Classic is the third of five fall tournaments on the Tulane schedule as the team is also slated to play in the ITA Regional Championship from Oct. 22-24 in Birmingham, Ala., and the Lakewood Ranch Clay Court Classic on Nov. 12-14 in Tampa, Fla.
FINAL-DAY RESULTS FROM THE ROBERTA ALISON FALL CLASSIC
Serena Williams Draw
2nd Round: Mary Anne Macfarlane (Alabama) def. Mariam Kurdadze (Tulane) - 6-1, 4-6, 6-4
3rd Round: Mariam Kurdadze (Tulane) def. Megan Broderick (Kentucky) - 7-6 (7-4), 6-2
Venus Williams Draw
2nd Round: Emma Levy (Tulane) def. Antonia Foehse (Alabama) - 6-3, 6-1
3rd Round: Emma Levy (Tulane) def. Cristina Danaila (Baylor) - 6-3, 6-2
Caroline Wozniacki Draw
2nd Round: Elizabeth Hamlin (Tulane) def. Anna Marie Herbold (UT Martin) - 6-2, 7-6 (7-2)
3rd Round: Elizabeth Hamlin (Tulane) def. Madelie Janse Van Rensburg (Samford) - 7-5, 6-3
Maria Sharapova Draw
2nd Round: Lindsay Dvorak (Tulane) def. Tiffany Welcher (Alabama) - 6-4, 4-6, 6-1
3rd Round: Danielle Terpko (Mississippi State) def. Lindsay Dvorak (Tulane) - 6-2, 6-3
Lindsay Davenport Draw
2nd Round: Hila Elster (Tulane) def. Meritt Emery (Alabama) - WO, inj.
3rd Round: Kir Kemp (Georgia State) def. Hila Elster (Tulane) - 6-3, 6-1
Monica Seles Draw
2nd Round: Jenny Cape (UAB) def. Marcela Fonseca (Tulane) - WO, inj.
2nd Round: Lindsey Mallory (Samford) def. Katherine Cecil (Tulane) - 2-6, 6-3, 6-4
3rd Round: Katherine Cecil (Tulane) def. Marcela Fonseca (Tulane) - WO, inj.
Chris Evert Draw
2nd Round: Jessica Lange (Tulane) def. (2) Menanteau Moolman (UAB) - 6-4, 6-3
2nd Round: Caroline Gerber (Tulane) BYE
3rd Round: Jessica Diamond (Samford) def. Jessica Lange (Tulane) - 6-3, 6-3
3rd Round: Caroline Gerber (Tulane) def. Rachel Cohen (UAB) - 6-4, 6-1
Billie Jean King Draw
2nd Round: Sharon Siegel (Tulane) def. Meredith Morrow (Kentucky) - 6-3, 7-5
3rd Round: Emily Mallory (Samford) def. Sharon Siegel (Tulane) - 6-2, 4-6, 1-0(7)
3rd Round: Mariam Kurdadze / Emma Levy (Tulane) def. Megan Broderick / Khristina Blajkevitch (Kentucky) - 8-6
US Open Draw
3rd Round: Mary Anne Macfarlane / Antonia Foehse (Alabama) def. Elizabeth Hamlin / Hila Elster (Tulane) - 8-5
Australian Open Draw
3rd Round: Ivon Simic / Johanie Van Zyl (UT Martin) def. Marcela Fonseca / Caroline Gerber (Tulane) - WO, inj.
3rd Round: Lindsay Dvorak / Katherine Cecil (Tulane) def. Vivian Pietraroia / Jordan Zachary (Miss. State) - 8-3
French Open Draw
3rd Round: Sharon Siegel / Jessica Lange (Tulane) def. Elle Coldiron / Meredith Morrow (Kentucky) - 8-5