TULSA, Okla. — Kansas State’s Petra Niedermayerova closed out her weekend at the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Central Regional in decisive fashion on Monday, winning the main draw of singles with a straight-set win at the Michael D. Case Tennis Center.
With the win, the junior gained an automatic berth into the 2012 USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships in Flushing, N.Y., Nov. 8-11.
Niedermayerova, the top singles seed in the Central Region and the No. 14 player in the ITA national singles rankings, extended her winning streak to six and improved her fall record to 11-1 with a 6-1, 7-5 win over No. 45-ranked and No. 2 player in the Central Region, Samantha Vickers of Tulsa.
Despite some late match struggles, K-State head coach Steve Bietau was pleased with the performance of Niedermayerova.
“I would say the early stages of the match, she (Niedermayerova) played as well as I have ever seen her play,” he said. “Late in the first set, Vickers made an adjustment that made it a much tougher match. She started to serve better and cut down on some of her errors.
“Petra struggled with her serve in the second set, but the biggest thing was she continued to fight all the way through. Her play yesterday and the first part of the match today, was some of the best tennis she has ever played.”
Playing a total of 12 matches (six singles and six doubles) over the course of four days, Niedermayerova didn’t let the number of matches fatigue her, especially as the top seed in singles.
“Coming into this tournament, I was the first seed in the tournament. I felt I needed to do what was expected of me and that was to win as many matches as I could,” Niedermayerova said. “The start of the tournament was tough with four matches per day.
“As I was going through the tournament and I saw that I could win against players with different styles, I gained confidence each day.”
Niedermayerova, a 2012 ITA All-American and a two-time All-Big 12 selection, owns a career singles record of 59-24 (.711). Her career mark in straight-set matches stands at 51-13 (.797), which includes all 12 matches she has played this fall. Niedermayerova’s career winning percentage of .711 ranks second in school history.