June 1, 2014
SHARM EL SHEIKH, Egypt--- University of Houston junior Elena Kordolaimi made her mark on the international stage this weekend, as she claimed the doubles championship at the Jolie Ville F20 Women's Open on Sunday.
Kordolaimi competed as an amateur in the event, as she teamed up with Sweden's Susanne Celik to win three straight doubles affairs, including a 6-1, 7-6(2) victory over Sabrina Bamburac (Great Britain) and Arabela Fernandez Rabener (Spain) in the title match en route to her first professional championship. Rabener entered the tournament field ranked 374th in the world in doubles play.
"I'm so proud of Elena for winning her first professional title, and even more proud that it was in doubles play," said Houston head coach Patrick Sullivan. "She struggled with doubles early in her college career, but she has a champion's attitude and work ethic and has made herself into a complete player."
"I spoke with her earlier and true to form she was taking the victory very much in stride and is already focused on the next tournament, but this is a big milestone for her. The entire Houston Tennis family is extremely proud of her."
In addition to her superb doubles play, Kordolaimi also made a deep run in the singles portion of the bracket, winning two straight matches before falling to Romania's Elena-Teodora Cadar 6-0, 6-3 in the quarterfinals. Cadar is currently ranked 420th in the world.
Kordolaimi rolled by Lujza Ryskova (Slovak Republic) and Hana Mortagy (Egypt) in straight sets to advance to the quarterfinal stage.
The Jolie Ville F20 Women's Open is a tournament on the ITF Women's Circuit, which is a series of professional tennis tournaments run by the International Tennis Federation, serving as the developmental circuit for the WTA Tour. There are ITF tournaments each year spread across six continents. Players who earn enough points on the ITF Women's Circuit become eligible for qualifying draw or main draw entry into WTA tournaments.
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