K-State pair among preseason ITA Rankings, Riviera/ITA Field

By The Mercury

The Kansas State women’s tennis duo of junior Petra Niedermayerova and senior Karla Bonacic will open the 2012-13 season among the preseason Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) singles and doubles rankings announced on Monday.

The singles and doubles seeds were also announced for the 2012 Riviera/ITA All-American Championships

After earning ITA All-American status by reaching the round of 16 at the NCAA Division I Women’s Singles Championships in the spring of 2012, Niedermayerova checks in with a career-high ranking of No. 14 in the preseason ITA national singles rankings.

Niedermayerova’s previous career-high ranking was No. 17. She is also the top player from the ITA Central Region and is the highest ranked player among the Big 12 representatives in the preseason ranking.

Niedermayerova became the third ITA All-American in the program’s history during the spring of 2012. She joins Karina Kuregian (1994) and Yana Dorodnova (1998) as the only ITA All-Americans in K-State history.

For the 2011-12 season, Niedermayerova finished with an overall record of 24-13 (.649) including a 9-12 mark against ranked opponents. The product of Brno, Czech Republic, tied her career-high for wins in a season and is tied for fourth in school history for wins in a season.

For her career, Niedermayerova is 48-23 (.676) including a 16-14 mark against ITA ranked foes. Niedermayerova’s career singles winning percentage of .676 ranks third in school history. With 15 wins in the 2012-13 season, Niedermayerova will tie for sixth in school history for career victories.

Bonacic checked in at No. 69 in the preseason ITA national singles rankings. Bonacic remained in the rankings for the duration of the 2012 spring slate and reached a new career-high of No. 65 after a straight set win over No. 22 Maho Kowase of Georgia.

Earning her first career All-Big 12 citation in 2012 in singles play, Bonacic set the pace for the Wildcats’ on the court. The native of Split, Croatia, tallied a career-high 22-9 record, including a team-leading 7-2 effort in Big 12 action from the number two position in the singles lineup.

Bonacic was strong in the spring of 2012, as she finished tied for the team lead with a 16-5 mark in dual matches including a five-match winning streak to close out the season. Dating back to the final three matches of 2010, Bonacic has won 35 of her last 42 dual matches and owns a career record of 43-14 in dual match play.

For her career, Bonacic has a 55-33 (.625) record and is 38-28 in straight-set matches. With eight more singles wins, Bonacic will move into a tie for sixth on the K-State career singles wins list. Bonacic’s career singles winning percentage of .625 currently ranks sixth in school history.

K-State’s number one doubles tandem of Niedermayerova and Bonacic will enter the fall schedule ranked No. 28 in the preseason ITA doubles rankings.

The duo completed the 2011-12 season in the ITA national doubles rankings at No. 66 and earned All-Big 12 honors from the league’s coaches at the conclusion of the 2012 spring season. Together, they finished with a 5-8 overall record and a 4-5 mark in Big 12 action.

For the 28th year, the Riviera Tennis Club in Pacific Palisades, Calif., will serve as the host site for the Riviera/ITA Women’s All-American Championships. The national event is set to be played on Sept. 29 with pre-qualifying singles and doubles matches, which will once again be hosted by UCLA.

Main draw action is slated to run from Oct. 4-Oct. 7 at the Riviera Tennis Club.

For the second straight year, Niedermayerova has been selected for the singles main draw of the Riviera/ITA Women’s All-American Championships.

Last season, Niedermayerova defeated three opponents ranked among the top 30 in the nation while advancing to the semifinals of the event and earning an automatic bid into the 2011 USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing, NY.

Bonacic will be joining Niedermayerova at this year’s Riviera/ITA Women’s All-American Championships. Bonacic is slated to compete in the pre-qualifying singles tournament, as this will be her first appearance in the event.

The tandem will also compete in the doubles tournament together for the first time. As it stands, the duo is listed as alternates for the main draw of doubles play. If a doubles team does not withdraw prior to the event, Niedermayerova and Bonacic will play in the qualifying round in the hopes of winning a bid into the main draw.

K-State will open the fall schedule Sept. 21-23 at an event in Lawrence.

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