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Stearns advances at NCAA Women’s Tennis Singles Championship

May 24, 2021
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ORLANDO, Fla. — University of Texas freshman Peyton Stearns earned a 6-2, 6-3 victory against No. 25 Tatiana Makarova of Texas A&M in the Round of 64 of the NCAA Singles Championships on Sunday at the USTA National Campus. Senior Anna Turati saw her tremendous collegiate career come to […]

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ORLANDO, Fla. — University of Texas freshman Peyton Stearns earned a 6-2, 6-3 victory against No. 25 Tatiana Makarova of Texas A&M in the Round of 64 of the NCAA Singles Championships on Sunday at the USTA National Campus. Senior Anna Turati saw her tremendous collegiate career come to an end with a 3-6, 6-1, 6-2 loss to No. 10 Isabella Pfennig of Miami (Fla.) in Sunday's Round of 64.

Less than 24 hours after helping Texas win its third NCAA team championship in program history on Saturday night, No. 37 Stearns returned to the court against Makarova. After the two players traded service breaks for the first four games, Stearns reeled off four straight games that featured a pair of service breaks on deciding points to claim a 6-2 first-set win.

Tied at 2-2 in the second set, Stearns held serve, broke Makarova and held serve again to take a 5-2 advantage. Makarova saved one match point by holding serve on a deciding point, but Stearns closed out the match by holding serve at love. Stearns, who improved to 18-7 in singles this season, will face No. 2 seed Estela Perez-Somarriba of Miami, Fla. on Monday, May 24 in the Round of 32 at 10:30 a.m. Central (11:30 a.m. Eastern)..

Tied at 2-2 in her opening set against Pfennig, No. 35 Turati won back-to-back games to build a 4-2 advantage. After Pfennig broke Turati to make it 4-3, Turati answered with a service break and then held serve to close out a 6-3 first-set win. Pfennig responded by recording three service breaks, all on deciding points, to cruise to a 6-1 second-set victory. Pfennig raced out to a 4-1 lead in the third set and held serve on a deciding point to build a 5-1 cushion. Serving down 15-40, Turati rallied to save three match points and hold serve on a deciding point to pull to within 5-2. Pfennig held serve in the following game to close out her win.

An ITA singles All-American in 2020, Turati concludes her Texas career with an overall singles mark of 113-21, including a 77-12 record in dual-match play. She also registered a career overall doubles mark of 67-32, including a 58-25 record in dual-match play. Turati, who earned her bachelor's degree in Exercise Science this weekend, posted a 19-5 mark in singles during the 2021 season.

The No. 19-ranked freshman duo of Kylie Collins and Lulu Sun open play in the NCAA Doubles Championship on Monday, May 24. Collins and Sun will face No. 25 Cameron Corse and Page Freeman of Notre Dame in the Round of 32 at 2:30 p.m. Central (3:30 p.m. Eastern).

NCAA Women's Singles Championship

Round of 64 Matches (Texas participants only) – May 23

#37 Peyton Stearns (UT) def. #25 Tatiana Makarova (TAMU), 6-2, 6-3

#10 Isabella Pfennig (Miami, FL) def. #35 Anna Turati (UT), 3-6, 6-1, 6-2

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