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Maroon Women’s Tennis Begins ITA Central Regional with 11 Wins

Lauren Park
Lauren Park

KALAMAZOO, Mich. – The University of Chicago women's tennis team kicked off day one of the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Central Region Championships with an impressive start on Thursday.

The Maroons brought five singles players and three doubles teams to compete in the 64-player singles bracket and 32-team doubles draw.

On the familiar courts of Kalamazoo College, doubles excelled in their morning action. Catherine Xu and Eugenia Lee came in as the top-seeded duo, thanks in part to qualifying for the NCAA doubles tournament last spring. Xu and Lee made quick work of their Millikin University opponents, sweeping 8-0.

No. 5-seeds Claudia Ng and Perene Wang were similarly dominating with an 8-0 shutout over Otterbein University. Lauren Park and Brigitte Wu took down Baldwin Wallace University 8-3.

In singles, UChicago kept three singles players in the hunt with 2-0 records in the opening rounds. Sophomore Nicole Semenov, who entered as the No. 5 seed, made particularly fast work of her opponents by only dropping one game over the course of four sets (6-0, 6-0 and 6-0, 6-1). Xu was hot on her trail in terms of speed to get off the court – the Maroon junior only surrendered two combined games of her own as the No. 9 seed. Fellow No. 9-seed Park topped her opposition from Denison University and Kenyon College by scores of 6-1, 6-2 and 6-3, 6-4, respectively.

Rookies Perene Wang and Claudia Ng each went 1-1, winning their opening round before falling in three sets to a higher-seeded opponent.

UChicago is back in action on Friday morning with the round of 16 and quarterfinals in both brackets.

Singles Results (Round of 64 and 32)
Perene Wang def. Alaina Kanthaphixay (North Central) 6-2, 6-1
Erika Oku (Kenyon) def. Perene Wang 5-7, 6-3, 6-2
No. 5-seed Nicole Semenov def. Michaela Magee (Augustana) 6-0, 6-0
No. 5-seed Nicole Semenov def. Makayla Sutter (Otterbein) 6-0, 6-1
No. 9-seed Catherine Xu def. Ishika Gupta (Wooster) 6-1, 6-0
No. 9-seed Catherine Xu def. Erin Friedrich (DePauw) 6-1, 6-0
No. 9-seed Lauren Park def. Alexandra Cash (Denison) 6-1, 6-2
No. 9-seed Lauren Park def. Ilana Blackwood (Kenyon) 6-3, 6-4
Claudia Ng def. Morgan Bettner (Millikin) 6-0, 6-2
Daria Beshentseva (WashU) def. Claudia Ng 3-6, 6-3, 6-3

Doubles Results (Round of 32)
No. 1-seed Catherine Xu/Eugenia Lee def. Millikin 8-0
No. 5-seed Claudia Ng/Perene Wang def. Otterbein 8-0
Lauren Park/Brigitte Wu def. Baldwin Wallace 8-3


  • Friday, Sept. 20 @ 9:00 AM (ET) – UChicago at ITA Central Regional (at Kalamazoo, Mich.)