Jayhawks move on to the NCAA Championships Singles and Doubles Rounds of 16
ORLANDO, Fla. – Kansas seniors Nina Khmelnitckaia and Janet Koch, as well as Anastasia Rychagova, triumphed in their doubles and singles matches, respectively, Tuesday to advance to the Round of 16 in the 2019 NCAA Division I Women’s Tennis Individual Championships at the USTA National Campus in Orlando, Florida.
Kansas’ No. 6-ranked Koch and Khmelnitckaia advanced by beating Stanford’s No. 19-ranked Caroline Lampl and Kimberly Yee, 6-2, 3-6, 10-7, in the first round. (The doubles competition uses a 10-point super tiebreaker in place of a full third set.)
Koch and Khmelnitckaia improved their overall 2018-19 record to 26-5, 17-3 vs. ranked opponents, and are on a nine-match win streak.
Rychagova, ranked No. 13 in the nation, outlasted California’s No. 41-ranked Julia Rosenqvist, 6-4, 4-6, 6-4, in her second-round match to advance.
With the victory, Rychagova improves her singles record to 22-3 for the entire 2018-19 season, including a 13-3 record against ranked opponents.
Live stats and streaming will be available as well as updates throughout the tournament on Kansas tennis’ social media accounts.
Kansas head coach Todd Chapman
On today’s matches:
“Today the ladies were tested mentally and physically and came up with the right tennis in the critical moments. We are proud of all three and look forward to tomorrow’s challenges. At this time of the year, it is always great to advance to another day of competition.”
Wednesday Nina Khmelnitckaia and Janet Koch will match up against Tulsa’s No. 14-ranked Martina Okalova and Vera Ploner. In a dual match earlier this season, Khmelnitckaia and Koch defeated the Hurricane duo in Lawrence, 7-6(3).
Also Wednesday, Rychagova will play the winner of Georgia’s No. 2-ranked Katarina Jokic and Texas’ No. 28-ranked Bianca Turati. Both matches will be held at the USTA National Campus in Orlando, Florida at times that have yet to be announced.