NORMAN – Oklahoma women's tennis team opened the ITA Central Region Championships with a combined 4-2 record, with Christie Brigante, Camila Romero and Malene Stripp all picking up singles wins.
"We had a solid day today at regionals. Overall, everyone hit the ball well and competed well," said head coach Audra Cohen.
Brigante and Simran Sethi opened the day with a doubles victory over Southeast Missouri State’s Anais Emelie and Maja Lundell, winning 8-5. The pair will face Adorabol Huckleby and Yufei Long from Iowa in the round of 32 Friday.
Stripp and Romero suffered a narrow loss to Creighton’s Ashley Ishimura and Darby Rosette, falling 8-7.
The Sooners grabbed three wins in singles action, beginning with Brigante’s 6-2, 7-6, victory over Oleksandra Doroshenko of Southeast Missouri State. Brigante rolled through the first set before Doroshenko fought back in the second frame, but the senior held on to win the match.
"Christie competed really well and stepped up deep in the second set to get the straight-set win," said Cohen of the senior.
Brigante takes on Iowa’s Elise van Heuvelan in the second round.
Romero gave up just one game in her win over SIU-Edwardsville’s Lara Tupper. The freshman cruised to a 6-1, 6-0, victory and will face Oklahoma State’s Sofia Blanco, the No. 5 overall seed, in the round of 64.
Sethi was defeated by Ellie Wright (Missouri) 7-5, 6-4, in a tight match. Sethi moves to the consolation draw, where she will play Isabella Krupa of Southeast Missouri State in the first round.
Stripp took down Ishimura, 2-6, 6-2, 6-1. The senior dropped the first set before taking control of the second and third frames to win the match and notch OU’s fifth victory of the day. Stripp will take on Malini Wijesinghe (Bradley) up next.
"Malene found her confident stride and played a solid second and third set," Cohen said.
Results and draw have been updated below.
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Day One Results
MAIN DRAW – DOUBLES (Round of 64)
Brigante/Sethi def. Emelie/Lundell (SEMO), 8-5
Ishimura/Rosette (Creighton) def. Stripp/Romero, 8-7
MAIN DRAW – SINGLES (Round of 128)
Brigante def. Doroshenko (SEMO), 6-2, 7-6 (4)
Romero def. Tupper (SIUE), 6-1, 6-0
Wright (Missouri) def. Sethi, 7-5, 6-4
Stripp def. Ishimura (Creighton), 2-6, 6-2, 6-1
Day Two Draws
MAIN DRAW – DOUBLES (Round of 32)
Brigante/Sethi vs. Huckleby/Long (Iowa) 9 a.m. CT
MAIN DRAW – SINGLES (Round of 64)
Romero vs. Blanco (OSU)
Brigante vs. van Heuvelan (Iowa)
Stripp vs. Malini Wijesinghe (Bradley)
CONSOLATION DRAW – SINGLES (Round of 64)
Sethi vs. Krupa (SEMO) 1:30 p.m. CT