Perianu Advances in French Open
May 30, 2006

NORMAN, Okla. Former University of Oklahoma tennis player Anda Perianu has advanced to the second round of the French Open at Roland Garros, becoming the first OU athlete to reach the main draw in a professional tennis major.


Perianu defeated No. 28 seed Lucie Safarova of the Czech Republic 6-1, 7-6, to earn a spot in the second round. 


“To the best of my knowledge, she is the only female Big 12 player to ever win and advance in a major,” OU women’s tennis coach Mark Johnson said.


A native of Romania, Perianu will face Australian Alicia Molik in round two.  If she advances, Perianu will likely be matched against Wimbledon winner Maria Sharapova in the next round.


“It’s amazing what she has accomplished in the last two years,” Johnson said.  “Anda qualifying for and winning in a major tournament is a tremendous accomplishment.  She’s continuing to improve and showing that she can compete with the best players in the world.”


Perianu left OU in 2004 as one of the most decorated players in school history.  An ITA All-American in 2004, she was also a three-time All-Big 12 and two-time Academic All-Big 12 selection.


She was the Big 12 champion in No. 1 singles in 2003 and 2004 and was a three-time NCAA qualifier in singles and a two-time qualifier in doubles.  Her .834 career winning percentage is a school record.


In April, Perianu was named to the Big 12’s Men’s and Women’s Tennis 10th Anniversary Team.

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