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Niedermayerova ready for championships

By Brady Bauman

For the second straight season, Kansas State will be represented in the USTA/ITA National Indoor Collegiate Championships when junior Petra Niedermayerova makes the long trip to Flushing, N.Y.

Niedermayerova is the top singles seed in the Central Region and is ranked 14th in the nation in singles competition. The championship involves a 32-player singles draw and will begin Thursday and go through Sunday at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center.

“I’m hoping coming to New York for the second time, it’s going to feel much more familiar,” said Niedermayerova, who was 1-2 in Flushing last year. “I’m really excited for it. It’s indoors — I like to play indoors — and the atmosphere of the tournament. I like the notion that the best players are there.”

The pressure of the national stage is one that a player like Niedermayerova can feed off of.

“I hope so,” she laughed. “Of course I will feel some pressure, but I just need to get in the position where I can play my best. The outcome will come, somehow. I just want to focus on my game and hopefully I will do well.”

Niedermayerova gained an automatic berth to play in the USTA/ITA Championships by winning the main draw at the ITA Central Regional in Tulsa, Okla., Oct. 22. Her showing there is just another impressive feather in her cap.

The Brno, Czech Republic native is a 2012 ITA All-American and two-time All-Big 12 selection. She enters this weekend with an 11-1 fall record and is on a six-match win streak.

“I’ve started to feel really confident again,” Niedermayerova said about her fall performance. “I would still say my serve is the biggest thing (I’ve still been working on), but it has improved — especially since my freshman year. I’m also still working on my forehand, but have seen some progress.”

Niedermayerova owns a career singles record of 59-21 and is 16-13 against ranked opponents. Her career winning percentage of .711 ranks second in K-State history. Needless to say, she often gets the best effort from her competition, which is something she said has helped make her better.

“I remember somebody told me a few days ago that now somebody is after you,” she said. “They see I’m in the top 15 or top 20 and play however they want — they don’t have anything to lose. I cannot think about that when I play.

“The girls I play, they try to play their best. They know my weaknesses, but I try to just rely on my game.”

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