May 22, 2001
NEW ORLEANS, La. - - Anna Monhartova became the first Tulane women's tennis player to post a win in the NCAA Tournament with her victory over Houston's Sarah Borwell in the first round of this year's singles draw at the Lincoln Tennis Center on Tuesday.
Playing in a match that was delayed more than 24 hours, and ultimately played indoors, due to rain, Monhartova outlasted the hard-serving Borwell 3-6, 7-6 (5), 6-3 to advance to the second round. Monhartova entered the match ranked 22nd in the latest Intercollegiate Tennis Association poll, while Borwell was listed 49th. The win avenged a 6-3, 7-6 loss to Borwell in Houston on March 24, earlier this season.
"This is definitely one of the biggest wins of my college career," Monhartova said. "Her style of play is almost the exact opposite of mine and is the most difficult for me to play against."
Borwell used her agressive serve to her advantage early, serving three aces in the first game alone en route to a 6-3 win in the first set. However, Monhartova fought back, trading service breaks early in the second set before taking a 5-3 lead. Borwell answered to even the score at 5-5 before Monhartova took a 6-5 lead. Borwell again rallied to force a tie-breaker, but Monhartova took the extra frame 7-5 to claim the second set, 7-6, evening the match at a set apiece.
"Anna was playing one of the best servers in college tennis," Green Wave head coach David Schumacher said. "Anna had lost to her earlier in the season on a fast, hard surface and we were a little worried when we had to move inside today. Borwell is a great player who, like Anna, was a first-team All-Conference USA selection. I am a little surprised that she is not ranked higher."
Monhartova opened the third set in impressive fashion, winning five of the first six games to take a 5-1 lead. Borwell won the next two games to pull to within 5-3, but Monhartova closed out the victory with a service break to take the third set 6-3.
"I am so proud of the way Anna overcame adversity today," Schumacher said. "She knew going into the match that the conditions heavily favored Borwell, and after the first set, things weren't really going her way. But she toughed it out and was able to persevere. It was an outstanding match and Anna played great tennis."
Monhartova continues action on Wednesday in the Round of 32 against Ohio State's Kristy Dascoli, who is ranked 27th in the most recent ITA poll.