June 21, 2014
NIS, Serbia--- University of Houston incoming freshman Mina Markovic strung together five consecutive victories without dropping a set to reach the quarterfinals of the 2014 Nis Open this week.
Markovic competed as an amateur and had to win three consecutive matches to even qualify for the main draw, and once there managed to upset Australia’s Alexandra Nancarrow 6-4, 6-1 and Serbia’s Nina Stojanovic 6-3, 6-4 to reach the quarterfinal stage of the event
The tournament marked Markovic’s first professional event, while she’s obtained a ranking as high as 128th in the junior ITA rankings, which is the highest junior ranking for a Houston signee.
“We are very excited about what this team is doing at pro events this summer,” said head coach Patrick Sullivan. “Mina wants to be a leader and play high in the lineup next season, and all indications are that she will do just that.”
“Of course Elena has done extremely well so far this summer and the rest of the team will begin playing in tournaments this week. It's a great feeling as a coach knowing that our team is hungry and committed to getting better at a time when many student-athletes are taking time off. Coach Whitehead and I can't wait to get things going in August.”
The Nis 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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