Niedermayerova advances at NCAAs

By The Mercury

Kansas State’s Petra Niedermayerova swept past Stanford’s Kristie Ahn of Stanford, 6-2, 6-1, to reach the round of 32 for the second straight season Wednesday at NCAA Division-I Singles Championships in Urbana, Ill.

With the win, Niedermayerova moved into a tie for the school records for singles wins in a season and a career.

Niedermayerova, a two-time ITA All-American and the 2011 Big 12 Player of the Year, owns an overall record of 31-9 this season. Her career-high 31 wins is tied for first in school history for wins in a season with Tamar Kvaratskhelia’s 31-7 mark in 2004-05.

In her career, Niedermayerova is 79-32 to rank tied for first in school history for career singles victories. She tied the career singles wins record held by Maria Rosenberg (2000-05). Niedermayerova’s career singles winning percentage of .712 is second in school history.

After taking a 4-1 first set lead, Niedermayerova was forced to wait out the 78-minute weather delay and the drying of the courts by the grounds crew.

Niedermayerova, ranked No. 15 in the national singles rankings, was able to regain her momentum following the delay and broke Ahn’s serve twice to win the opening set, 6-2.

In the second set, Niedermayerova raced out to a 3-0 lead with an aggressive service game. Ahn, who secured Stanford’s 17th NCAA team title on Tuesday night in a three-set marathon, looked to pull herself back into the set with a pair of 40-15 leads in the fourth and fifth games.

Niedermayerova fought herself back into the games on both occasions to tally a 5-0 lead. Ahn held serve in the sixth game, but Niedermayerova quickly dispatched of Ahn in the seventh game to win 6-1.

Niedermayerova owns a career 3-2 record in her three NCAA Singles Championship appearances. Ahn was ranked No. 25 in the nation, marking Niedermayerova’s 25th career win over an ITA-ranked opponent and her highest since defeating No. 22 Anett Schutting of California on Oct. 5 at the Riviera/ITA Women’s All-American Championships.

Niedermayerova was slated to play 20th-ranked Kyle McPhillips of UCLA Thursday morning. McPhillips defeated Maria Belaya of William & Mary in the first round, 6-1, 6-1.

Niedermayerova was also set to team up on Thursday with Karla Bonacic for K-State first doubles match since 1995. Ranked 26th, Niedermayerova and Bonacic earned one of 21 at-large bids and was to face the 21st-ranked Petra Januska and Chelsea Utting of Penn State on Thursday.

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