Kordolaimi Helps Greece to Fed Cup Promotion

June 19, 2017

CHISINAU, Moldova – Houston Cougar Women’s Tennis alum Elena Kordolaimi won a pair of matches while representing her native country of Greece at the 2017 Fed Cup.

The Greek team opened play against Malta where Kordolaimi was matched up against Helen Pellicano. The Lamia, Greece, native outlasted Pellicano 7-6 in the first set before rolling to a 6-2 victory in set two to seal the match and help Greece defeat Malta 2-1.

Kordolaimi rolled to a straight-set victory in Greece’s next match against Armenia, which they clinched 3-0. Facing off against Gabriella Akopyan, Kordolaimi won the first set 6-2 before breezing to a 6-0 win in the second set to pick up the point.

Greece would advance to play Finland in the group playoff with a promotion to the Europe/Africa Zone Group II on the line. Sticking with her theme of not dropping a set in the tournament, Kordolaimi cruised to a 6-0, 6-4 win over Oona Orpana to pick up one of Greece’s two points needed to take the match.

Greece will join the host country of Moldova as the two squads being promoted to Group II. Moldova received a top effort from Sasha Perper who won three matches en route to earning their promotion. Perper was a student-athlete under Houston Head Coach Courtney Steinbock during her tenure at Mississippi State.

Greece made its debut in 1968 at the Fed Cup and has been a member of the World Group for 10 years after competing in the top tier until 1991. The Greek squad entered the tournament as the No. 70 ranked team in the world and now holds a 57-75 record in Fed Cup play.

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