Korashvili Opens NCAA Singles Tournament Monday
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ORLANDO – Oleksandra Korashvili of the Oklahoma women’s tennis team is set to open the 2019 NCAA Singles Championships at the USTA National Campus on Monday. Korashvili begins tournament action in the round of 64 to face Aiwen Zhu of UNLV.
The contest will be aired live on the Tennis Channel.
Korashvili enters the tournament at 17-8 on the season. The Odessa, Ukraine, native spent the majority of the season at the No. 1 line and tallied 14 of her wins in straight sets. Korashvili clinched four victories for the Sooners and was the difference in 4-3 decisions against No. 47 Tulsa and Wichita State.
Currently ranked No. 26 in the ITA singles release, the junior has taken out eight ranked opponents in her debut year and is 4-1 against the top 25. Her highest-ranked win came against then-No. 7 Sophie Whittle of Gonzaga as a 6-4, 6-4 victory on March 9 in Norman.
Korashvili was recently named the ITA Central Region Rookie of the Year, an accolade that comes after she collected Big 12 Newcomer of the Year honors as well as All-Big 12 singles first team recognition.
Korashvili becomes the fifth player in program history to reach the NCAA Singles Championships. 2019 marks the third consecutive year that Oklahoma has sent a player to the individual tournament after Lily Miyazaki made back-to-back appearances in 2017 and 2018.
UNLV's Zhu enters the contest at 29-7 overall and led the Rebels from the top spot with a 16-3 in dual matches. Zhu is ranked No. 105 in the ITA singles rankings and went 4-1 against ranked opponents this season.
The round of 64 match will not begin before 4 p.m. CT. Live stats will be available for the contest and the tournament with select matches, including Korashvili's first round match broadcast on the Tennis Channel.