CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO --- Squaring off with OVC opponent Southeast Missouri, the TSU women’s tennis team was handed a 5-2 road loss on Friday at the Redhawks Tennis Complex.
Tennessee State (6-3) dropped the doubles point as SEMO (9-4) took an early 1-0 lead. Moving onto singles, Ani Popiashvili started off with a 6-4, 6-3 win at No. 1 before the Tigers dropped the next match.
“Great effort in singled today for our ladies,” Head Coach Monroe Walker III stated. “We came out flat in doubles play and they took it to us. We came out with great energy in singles play. Ani had a great win and Abhi played amazing to win at No. 4. They really took it to their opponents. Gati was close to pulling out her match; she had a tough battle. Hemphill was down 5-1 and came back to take the lead in the first set but could not hold on. We cannot let leads slip away. We have to have laser focus in order to win.
Going head-to-head with Semo’s Annisaat Warasanti at No. 4, Abhilasha Vishwanath won in straight sets, winning by scores of 6-2, 6-2.
In a match that went blow for blow, Pragati Natraj and Mila Majtan battled at No. 5 singles. Majtan won the first set, 6-4, and Natraj fought valiantly before losing a 7-5 second set.
The Tigers will look to bounce back Sunday with a match at UT Martin.
- POPIASHVILI, Ani (TSUW) def. KRUPA, Isabella (SEMO) 6-4, 6-3
- DOROSHENKO, O. (SEMO) def. PATTERSON, Taylor (TSUW) 6-1, 6-1
- ZONOVA, Kseniya (SEMO) def. JONES, Ashia (TSUW) 6-1, 6-1
- VISWANATH, Abhilasha (TSUW) def. WARASANTI, Annisa (SEMO) 6-2, 6-2
- MAJTAN, Mila (SEMO) def. NATRAJ, Pragati (TSUW) 6-4, 7-5
- EMELIE, Anais (SEMO) def. HEMPHILL, Phyllicia (TSUW) 7-6, 6-2
- KRUPA, Isabella/DOROSHENKO, O. (SEMO) def. PATTERSON, Taylor/JONES, Ashia (TSUW) 6-0
- ZONOVA, Kseniya/EMELIE, Anais (SEMO) vs. NATRAJ, Pragati/VISWANATH, Abhilasha (TSUW) 5-2, unfinished
- MAJTAN, Mila/CANAHUATE-TORRES, A. (SEMO) def. POPIASHVILI, Ani/HEMPHILL, Phyllicia (TSUW) 6-1