FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Two Razorback doubles teams reached the semifinals of the USTA/ITA Central Regional on Saturday at the Dills Indoor Tennis Center. The teams of sophomore Claudine Paulson and senior Anouk Tigu along with juniors Stephanie Roy and Emily Carbone each won two matches on the day to advance to the final day of doubles play. Over in the singles draw, Tigu continued her dominating weekend as she advanced to the quarterfinal round and is the lone Razorback left in singles play.
“We got some excellent doubles performances today,” said head coach Michael Hegarty. “Both semifinal teams are playing great and have a golden opportunity to get to nationals with another strong day on Sunday.”
The day started out in doubles as the Hogs had three teams still in the field when the third round began. Carbone and Roy had already won two matches the day before and were able to make it four in a row after dropping Nataliya Shatkovskaya and Keeyapat Narattana of Oklahoma State, 8-6, and Natalia Pintusava and Magdalena Wiecha of Minnesota, 8-6. With the win, the tandem now has eight wins this fall.
Paulson and Tigu, as the number two seeded doubles team in the regional, got two straight wins on the day also. They now have six wins this fall and are set to face Alessandra Ferrazzi and Alexa Palen of Minnesota in the semifinals.
In the singles draw, Tigu showed why she was seeded number one overall as she defeated Sasha Belova of Oklahoma State, 6-3, 6-1, her third consecutive straight set victory. With the win, she is now set to face Anastasia Erofeeva of Tulsa. If Tigu wins on Sunday, she will advance to the semifinals of the regional, which will be played on Monday.
The fourth day of the tournament will begin promptly at 8:30 a.m. on Sunday with the final two rounds of doubles and one more round of singles will follow. All matches will be played at the Dills Indoor Tennis Center on the campus of the University of Arkansas.USTA/ITA Central Regional Day ThreeComplete Doubles ResultsAna-Maria Constantinescu/Alice Radu (OU) def. Kate Lukomskaya/Kelsey Sundaram (ARK) 8-4Emily Carbone/Stephanie Roy (ARK) def. Nataliya Shatkovskaya/Keeyapat Narattana (OSU) 8-6Emily Carbone/Stephanie Roy (ARK) def. Natalia Pintusava/Magdalena Wiecha (MINN) 8-6#26 Claudine Paulson/Anouk Tigu (ARK) def. Maria Kalashnikova/Whitney Ritchie (OU) 9-7#26 Claudine Paulson/Anouk Tigu (ARK) def. Sarah Meghoufel/Sasha Belova (OSU) 8-2Complete Singles Results #18 Anouk Tigu (ARK) def. Sasha Belova (OSU) 6-3, 6-1#37 Sonja Molnar (IOWA) def. Kelsey Sundaram (ARK) 6-4, 6-2
Download: 2010 Doubles Main Draw_Regionals.pdf