Oct. 7, 2011
Day 1 Release and Result from ITA/Riviera Women's All-American Championships
PACIFIC PALISADES, Calif. – Kansas State’s Petra Niedermayerova is piecing together one of the best individual weeks of tennis in school history, as she tallied a pair of upset victories on Friday at the 2011 ITA/Riviera Women’s All-American Championships. The wins propelled her into Saturday’s semifinals at the Riviera Tennis Club.
With the wins, Niedermayerova automatically qualifies for a spot in the USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships, Nov. 3-6 in Flushing N.Y. Niedermayerova will be K-State’s first representative at the USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships since Karina Kuregian played in the 1995 event.
“I think we have been practicing very hard and I have been preparing myself for this tournament over the last week,” said the No. 35-ranked sophomore about her unblemished record so far in Los Angeles. “I knew I had to come back and get in better shape right away for this season and I wasn’t sure if I was going to be able to play this well after one month of practicing and conditioning.”
Head coach Steve Bietau and assistant coach Olga Klimova have been working with Niedermayerova this fall on continuing to increase her tenacity on offense and the results are beginning to show.
“We’ve been working since last year to increase her offensive play and she finally started doing that recently and at the same time we have continued to work on her defense,” said Klimova. “She hasn’t been giving up easy balls this week (on defense) and she has been displaying more of an aggressive style and as a result no one wants to play her right now.”
With results like Friday’s, not many will want to play the reigning Big 12 Player of the Year in the future. Niedermayerova continued her streak of upsets in her Round of 16 match with a resounding 6-1, 6-4 win over No. 5 Lauren Embree of Florida. Niedermayerova’s win is made even more impressive when considering the career that Embree has established with the Gators.
Embree, a junior from Marco Island, Fla., was the 2010 SEC Player of the Year as a freshman and finished the 2010-11 season with a 28-1 singles record with her lone loss coming in the semifinals of the 2011 NCAA Singles Championships. In addition to her NCAA career, Embree has also played in matches at the US and French Opens.
The win was Niedermayerova’s second straight over an opponent ranked among the Campbell/ITA top-20 and her first over an opponent ranked among the top-10. This was her fifth career win (5-1) over an opponent ranked among the top-20 in the Campbell/ITA national singles rankings.
In her second match of the day, Niedermayerova swept past No. 27 Mary Anne Macfarlane of Alabama, 6-3, 6-4. Combined with her win earlier on Friday afternoon, she now owns a career record against ranked opponents of 10-5.
The product of Brno, Czech Republic has posted a 5-3 record this fall and is now 29-13 (.690) in her K-State singles career. Included in her career singles record, is a mark of 24-8 (.750) in straight set matches.
“I have figured out a plan for the matches with Olga (Klimova),” said Niedermayerova. “I have just been executing it the best I can.”
Of the five players from the Big 12 in the main draw of the ITA/Riviera Women’s All-American Championships, Niedermayerova was the only one to advance to the quarterfinals. The reigning Big 12 Freshman of the Year is K-State’s first representative at this prestigious event since Maria Rosenberg in the fall of 2004.
ITA/Riviera Women’s All-American Championships
Pacific Palisades, Calif. – Riviera Tennis Club
Friday, October 7, 2011
Main Draw – Round of 16
(35) Petra Niedermayerova (KSU) def. (5) Lauren Embree (UF), 6-1, 6-4
Main Draw – Quarterfinals
(35) Petra Niedermayerova (KSU) def. (27) Mary Anne Macfarlane (UA), 6-3, 6-4