Oct. 22, 2012
TULSA, Okla. – K-State women’s tennis junior Petra Niedermayerova closed out her weekend at the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Central Regional in decisive fashion on Monday, winning the main draw of singles with a straight set win at the Michael D. Case Tennis Center.
With the win, Niedermayerova gained an automatic berth into the 2012 USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships in Flushing, N.Y., Nov. 8-11. This will be her second straight appearance at the USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships.
Niedermayerova, the top singles seed in the Central Region and the No. 14 player in the ITA national singles rankings, extended her winning streak to six and improved her fall record to 11-1 with a 6-1, 7-5 win over No. 45-ranked and No. 2 player in the Central Region, Samantha Vickers of Tulsa.
Despite some late match struggles, K-State head coach Steve Bietau was pleased with the performance of Niedermayerova.
“I would say the early stages of the match, she (Niedermayerova) played as well as I have ever seen her play. Late in the first set, Vickers made an adjustment that made it a much tougher match. She started to serve better and cut down on some of her errors. Petra struggled with her serve in the second set but the biggest thing was she continued to fight all the way through. Her play yesterday and the first part of the match today, was some of the best tennis she has ever played.”
Playing a total of 12 matches (six singles and six doubles) over the course of four days, Niedermayerova didn’t let the number of matches fatigue her, especially as the top seed in singles.
“Coming into this tournament, I was the first seed in the tournament. I felt I needed to do what was expected of me and that was to win as many matches as I could,” said Niedermayerova. “The start of the tournament was tough with four matches per day. As I was going through the tournament and I saw that I could win against players with different styles, I gained confidence each day. I felt good physically and mentally as the tournament progressed.”
Niedermayerova, a 2012 ITA All-American and a two-time All-Big 12 selection, owns a career singles record of 59-24 (.711). Niedermayerova’s career mark in straight set matches stands at 51-13 (.797), which includes all 12 matches she has played this fall. Niedermayerova’s career winning percentage of .711 ranks second in school history. With her win Monday, Niedermayerova is now 16-13 in her career against ITA ranked singles opponents.
In the doubles final, Niedermayerova and freshman Ivana Kubickova recorded a runner-up finish in the main draw. The K-State duo fell 8-3 to Vickers and Isaura Enrique of Tulsa. Niedermayerova and Kubickova are now 5-1 this fall. Niedermayerova owns a career doubles record of 44-34 (.564), while Kubickova is 9-5 in her young K-State career. Before this weekend’s event, the countrywomen, who each hail from Brno, Czech Republic, had yet to be paired together by head coach Steve Bietau and despite Monday’s result Bietau likes the idea of more doubles combinations for his squad moving forward.
“Spring is a ways off, but from a team perspective we have some more options now. Clearly Ivana played well here. She looked better than what we have seen in practice. She rose to the occasion in both singles and doubles.
ITA Central Regional
Tulsa, Okla. — Michael D. Case Tennis Center
Monday, October 22, 2012
Main Draw – Final
Samantha Vickers/Isaura Enrique (Tulsa) def. Petra Niedermayerova/Ivana Kubickova (K-State), 8-3
Main Draw – Final
(14) Petra Niedermayerova (K-State) def. (45) Samantha Vickers (Tulsa), 6-1, 7-5