Wildcats Ink Two European Junior Talents From the Czech Republic
MANHATTAN, Kan. Olga Klimova and Tereza Prochazkova both have signed their National Letter of Intent to join the Kansas State women’s tennis team for the 2004-05 season as announced by head coach Steve Bietau Friday.
A native of Brno, Czech Republic, Klimova reached the semifinals of doubles twice at the Czech National Championships in 2002 and 2003. She also made an appearance in the round of 16 in singles in 2003. In the highest level of Czech Junior tournaments, Klimova reached three singles semifinals, five doubles semifinals, three doubles finals and claimed one doubles championship. She was named her high school’s Tennis Player of the Year.
Prochazkova, who also hails from Brno, Czech Republic, was nationally ranked in the top 15 of her age group in 2001 and in the top 10 in 2002. Additionally, she qualified for the Czech National Championships twice in 2002 and 2003. A three-time high school tennis star, Prochazkova has played in numerous ITF and European Tennis Association tournaments during her junior career.
“I am really excited to have Olga and Tereza join our program at K-State,” Bietau said. “They bring a tremendous amount of talent and experience that should make an immediate impact on our program. Both are fine students and more importantly, solid individuals with a history of success. Coming from the Czech Republic, both of them developed their games on clay, so they have the physical and mental capacity to keep the ball in play. On top of that, both have the power and capability to penetrate, which is needed to have a successful transition to hard courts.”