Niedermayerova to Main Draw of Riviera Championships

Petra Niedermayerova

Sept. 12, 2011

MANHATTAN, Kan. – Kansas State sophomore Petra Niedermayerova has been selected for the main draw of the Riviera/ITA Women’s All-American Championships hosted by the Riviera Tennis Club located in Pacific Palisades, Calif. The event will take place Oct. 6-9, with pre-qualifying and qualifying matches taking place Oct. 1-5.

Niedermayerova earned her place in the main draw as the top returning player in the Central Region and was slated into the main draw based upon the criteria set forth by the ITA National Ranking & Tournament Committee. The main draw consists of 32 players, which includes 24 automatic selections and eight positions filled by players from the qualifying tournaments. Niedermayerova is one of four players from the Big 12 who earned automatic placement into the main draw.

In the recently announced preseason Campbell/ITA national singles rankings, Niedermayerova was slotted at No. 35. The No. 35 ranking is the highest ranking of her young K-State career. At the conclusion of the 2011 spring season, she was ranked No. 52 and has now been ranked eight times, including a current stretch of six consecutive weeks.

In her first season on the court in 2010-11, Niedermayerova became the fourth player in school history to reach the NCAA Championship singles field and the first since Alena Jecminkova in the 2002 season. She concluded the season with a 24-10 overall record, which included a 9-2 mark at number one singles in the Big 12 to finish as the league’s champion.

The native of Brno, Czech Republic, garnered a number of honors in her first season including: 2011 Big 12 Player of the Year, 2011 Big 12 Freshman of the Year, the 2011 ITA Central Region Rookie of the Year, the 2011 ITA Central Region Player to Watch and a 2011 ITA Scholar-Athlete.

She was the second student-athlete in Big 12 women’s tennis history to earn both Big 12 Player of the Year and Big 12 Freshman of the Year honors in the same season, joining Baylor’s Zuzana Zemenova from Baylor in the 2005 campaign. Niedermayerova was also K-State’s 15th student-athlete named to the All-Big 12 singles team and the first since the 2008 season. She was the only freshman to earn the distinction this season.

Also included among her honors, Niedermayerova was named Big 12 Player of the Week on March 29, after she notched three wins over ranked foes in an eight-day span. She also tallied her first citation of any kind during the 35th Annual Milwaukee Tennis Classic on Sept. 19. Regarded as one of the longest running and top collegiate fall tournaments, she received the Mulcahy Sportsmanship Award at the conclusion of the fall event.

Kansas State will open its fall 2011 season on Friday, Sept. 16, at the 36th Annual Milwaukee Tennis Classic.

2011 Riviera/ITA Women’s All-American Championships – Main Draw
Jacqueline Cako, Arizona State
Sona Novakova, Baylor
Nina Secerbegovic, Baylor
Katarina Gajic, Boston College
Jana Juricova, California
Josipa Bek, Clemson
Beatrice Capra, Duke
Allie Will, Florida
Lauren Embree, Florida
Chelsey Gullickson, Georgia
Leslie Hureau, Indiana
Petra Niedermayerova, Kansas State
Kristi Boxx, Mississippi
Zoe De Bruycker, North Carolina
Kristy Frilling, Notre Dame
Marta Lesniak, SMU
Nicole Gibbs, Stanford
Stacey Tan, Stanford
Mallory Burdette, Stanford
Aeriel Ellis, Texas
Anastasia Putilina, Utah
Lindsey Hardenbergh, Virginia
Denise Dy, Washington