Rosenberg Advances to Round of 16 at Wilson/ITA Regional Championships
TULSA, Okla. - Play at the Wilson/ITA Region V Championships was suspended due to rain, but senior Maria Rosenberg continued her winning ways on Friday at the Michael D Case Tennis Center on the campus of the University of Tulsa. Rosenberg won her round of 32 match before the rains came to advance to the round of 16 in the singles main draw. Freshman Tamar Kvaratskhelia had her season-opening winning streak end at 11 in her second match of the day.
Rosenberg, who entered the tournament as the number seven seed, defeated Dasha Zhurin of Colorado State, 6-1, 6-2. The Manhattan, Kan., native is now tied for third on the school’s career singles win list with Eva Novotna with 64. Rosenberg will play number nine seeded Katka Sevcikova of Missouri in the round of 16.
Kvaratskhelia won her round of 32 match over Whitney Eber of Utah, 6-3, 6-2. The win was her 11th in a row and is the longest career opening win streak in over a decade and the longest by a freshman since Maria Rosenberg won six in a row to open her career in 2001. The Tbilisi, Georgia native, dropped her first match of the year in the round of 16 to number two seeded Maja Kovacek of New Mexico, 7-5, 3-6, 6-0.
The doubles tandems of Kvaratskhelia/Rosenberg and Jessica Simosa and Olga Klimova were unable to play to to the weather. The tournament was suspended during consolation singles action in the afternoon. The tournament will resume on Saturday at the Michael D. Case Tennis Center.