Niedermayerova to Face Shocker in NCAA First Round

Petra Niedermayerova will face a familiar opponent in Wednesday's first round of the NCAA Singles Championship.

May 22, 2012

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Kansas State’s Petra Niedermayerova will face a familiar opponent in the first round of the 2012 NCAA Division I Women’s Tennis Singles Championship on May 23 at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex. Niedermayerova, who is ranked No. 29 in the Campbell/ITA national singles rankings, is slated to play No. 81 Lutfiana Budiharto of Wichita State on Wednesday at 1:30 p.m. (CT).

This will mark the third meeting between the two Sunflower State players, as Niedermayerova holds a 2-0 record against Budiharto. Niedermayerova and Budiharto faced each other on April 5, with Niedermayerova winning 6-4, 6-3. The first meeting between the two on March 6, 2011 resulted in a 6-0, 7-6 (3) win by Niedermayerova. This season, Budiharto owns a 24-5 overall record and a 21-3 mark this spring. The senior from Jakarta, Indonesia, earned automatic qualification into the NCAA singles field from the Missouri Valley Conference.

The winner of Wednesday’s match will advance to the Round of 32 on Thursday to face the winner of No. 16 Diana Nakic of Baylor and No. 27 Gabriela Mejia of Miami.

Niedermayerova is the second player in school history to make consecutive appearances in the national singles championship, joining Alena Jecminkova who was a three-time participant from 2000-02. Niedermayerova was one of seven players from the Big 12 to be selected into this year’s field.

One of 50 at-large selections along with 14 automatic qualifiers to the field, Niedermayerova continued to lead the Wildcats from the top of the singles lineup this season. She tied for the team lead this spring with a 16-6 record which included a career-high winning streak of nine straight matches from Jan. 14-March 9. The nine-match winning streak surpassed a pair of seven-match streaks from last spring.

In the 2011-12 season, she owns an overall record of 22-12 (.647) and is 7-11 against ranked opponents. Her 22 wins this season tie her for 10th in school history for wins in a season. Last season, Niedermayerova finished with a 24-10 record to notch the second-highest win total by a freshman in school history. In her first career appearance in the NCAA Singles Championships last season in Palo Alto, Calif., Niedermayerova was defeated by Anouk Tigu of Arkansas in straight sets in the first round.

Niedermayerova, the 2011 Big 12 Player and Freshman of the Year, registered a successful 2011 fall campaign earlier this season as she advanced to the semifinals of the ITA/Riviera Women’s All-American Championships in Los Angeles and qualified for the USTA/ITA National Intercollegiate Indoor Championships in Flushing, N.Y. She was the first Wildcat since Karina Kuregian in 1995 to qualify for the USTA/ITA National Intercollegiate Indoor Championships.

At the ITA/Riviera Women’s All-American Championships, Niedermayerova carded three wins over opponents ranked in the top-30 of the national singles rankings, including a straight set win over No. 5 and 2010 SEC Player of the Year Lauren Embree of Florida in the second round.

For her career, Niedermayerova is 46-22 (.676) and is 14-13 against ITA ranked foes. Niedermayerova’s career singles winning percentage of .676 currently ranks third in school history. The product of Brno, Czech Republic, owns a 35-10 career mark in dual matches including a Big 12 mark of 15-5 from the number one position.

Niedermayerova is the fourth player in school history to reach the NCAA Championship field in singles action. K-State has advanced two student-athletes to at least the round of 32, as Yana Dorodnova reached the quarterfinals during the 1998 season and Jecminkova advanced at the 2002 event.