AUBURN, Ala. — Senior Anouk Tigu was victorious for the third straight day at the SEC Coaches’ Classic on Sunday as she defeated Alexa Guarachi of Alabama, 6-1, 7-6 (5) and capture the top individual title of the tournament. The Coaches’ Classic serves as the annual individual championship for SEC players. Tigu’s title in the feature flight is the first of its’ kind since the Razorbacks entered the SEC in 1992.
“Anouk (Tigu) joins a fantastic group of players who have won this prestigious tournament over the years,” said head coach Michael Hegarty. “She played progressively better each day and this is a great springboard for her so early in her senior season.”
In today’s final match, Tigu jumped out to a 6-1 first set win and was leading the second set 2-0 before Guarachi worked her way back into the match to tie it up at three. Tigu forged ahead 5-4 and reached championship point serving 40-15. Guarachi, however, broke serve and evened the set at five apiece.
After two more service holds, a tiebreaker would decide the second set. Guarachi had the 4-2 lead before Tigu stormed back to win five of the next six points and claim the tiebreaker and a spot in the Razorback record books.
Tigu wasn’t the only Hog to finish the weekend on a high note. Junior Kate Lukomskaya, who is ranked number 76 in the nation, defeated Keily Ulery of Vanderbilt, 6-1, 6-4, to earn third place in Flight 2A.
Two other Razorbacks played to a runner-up finish in their respective flight finals. Sophomore Valentina Starkova was edged by Vanderbilt’s Erica Robertson, 6-4, 1-6, 6-4 in Flight 4B and sophomore Claudine Paulson fell 6-3, 6-4 to Tennessee’s Whitney Wofford.
The team gets two full weeks of practice before returning to competition at the Sooner Classic in Norman, Okla. on September 24-26.
For all your Razorback women’s tennis coverage, log on to ArkansasRazorbacks.com.Complete Singles ResultsFlight 1AAnouk Tigu (ARK) def. Alexa Guarachi (ALA) 6-1, 7-6 (5)Flight 2AAlex Clay (ALA) def. Kelsey Sundaram (ARK) 6-2, 6-1Flight 2BKate Lukomskaya def. Keily Ulery (ALA) 6-1, 6-4Flight 3AKate Fuller (UGA) def. Emily Carbone (ARK) 6-4, 6-1Flight 4AOlivia Bennett (AU) def. Jade Frampton (ARK) 6-2, 3-6, 11-6 super tiebreakerFlight 4BErica Robertson (VU) def. Valentina Starkova (ARK) 6-4, 1-6, 6-4Ebie Wilson (LSU) def. Stephanie Roy (ARK) 6-0, 6-4Flight 5AWhitney Wofford (UT) def. Claudine Paulson (ARK) 6-3, 6-4