FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Senior Anouk Tigu of the Razorback women’s tennis team reached the USTA/ITA Central Regional final on Sunday after winning her fifth straight match in three days and second on the afternoon. Tigu also teamed up with sophomore Claudine Paulson and won a doubles match earlier in the day over Alessandra Ferrazzi and Alexa Palen of Minnesota, 8-2, to advance to the doubles main draw finals as well. This is the fourth straight year that Arkansas has made a finals appearance in either singles or doubles of the regional.
“It feels great to have both of these players in the finals of singles and doubles,” said head coach Michael Hegarty. “It’s been a real successful tournament so far and we’re hoping to end it with a great day on Monday.”
The Razorbacks started the day with two teams in the doubles semifinals and hoped for an all Arkansas final. Juniors Emily Carbone and Stephanie Roy had the early 4-3 lead in their match with Oklahoma’s Ana-Maria Constantinescu and Alice Radu, but the Sooner team gutted out a victory in the end to advance to the finals, 8-5. They will face Tigu and Paulson in the final doubles match on Monday at 10 a.m. at the Dills Indoor Tennis Center.
In singles, Tigu had quite quarterfinal match on her hands before she even made the final four. She ended up winning a tough three-set match with Anastasia Erofeeva of Tulsa, 6-3, 6-7(6), 6-2. In the semifinals, Tigu, again had to face another Golden Hurricane opponent. This time in the form of No. 47 Alex Kichoutkin. However, Tigu made quick work and won in straight sets, 6-4, 6-1. The victory gives her nine on the fall season.
On Monday, she is set to face Natalia Pintusava of Minnesota, also at the Dills Indoor Courts. The scheduled time for that match is at 12 p.m.
Be sure to log on to ArkansasRazorbacks.com on Monday and follow the live blog throughout both singles and doubles matches for live scoring updates.USTA/ITA Central Regional Day FourComplete Doubles Results#26 Anouk Tigu/Claudine Paulson (ARK) def. Alessandra Ferrazzi/Alexa Palen (MINN) 8-2Ana-Maria Constantinescu/Alice Radu (OU) def. Emily Carbone/Stephanie Roy (ARK) 8-5Complete Singles Results#18 Anouk Tigu (ARK) def. Anastasia Erofeeva (TULSA) 6-3, 6-7(6), 6-2#18 Anouk Tigu (ARK) def. #47 Alex Kichoutkin (TULSA) 6-4, 6-1
Download: 2010 Doubles Main Draw_Regionals.pdf