July 7, 2014
SHARM EL SHEIKH, Egypt--- University of Houston senior Elena Kordolaimi continued her summer of dominance last weekend, as she claimed her first international singles championship, Sunday at the Jolie Ville Golf F25 Women's Open.
Kordolaimi competed as an amateur in the event and won five consecutive matches to take home the title, including earning a dramatic 7-6(1), 3-6, 7-5 victory over the United States' Jan Abaza in the championship match. Abaza is currently ranked 638th in the world, but at one time was placed as high as 374th back on May 8, 2013.
Abaza was also considered the top ranked American player from the class of 2013, but decided to pass on college tennis and take the professional route. The American has four ITF titles to her name and competed in US Open qualifying action back in 2013.
"I'm so happy and I'm not sure the moment has actually hit me yet," said Kordolaimi. "In Houston, our team always talks about not getting too high or too low about any single match. Instead we just focus on giving it our all every time we step out on the court, and by doing that the results will come."
"Moments like this just make all the hard work pay off. I'm just so thankful for my family and loved ones for supporting me through injuries and hard times, as they all continue to sacrifice so much to give me the opportunity to go out and follow my dream."
For Kordolaimi, the tournament victory marks her third overall championship win of the summer, as she claimed doubles titles back on June 8 and June 1. All three championships this summer have come in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt.
Her success also continued on the doubles circuit over the weekend, this time pairing up with her UH doubles partner, sophomore Despoina Vogasari. The tandem rattled off three wins in a row to reach the title match before falling to the tournament's top-seeded tandem, Ola Abou Zekry (Egypt) and Jan Abaza (USA) 6-4, 3-6 (10-7) in a tightly contested championship match.
Kordolaimi and Vogasari combined to go 16-8 as a doubles tandem last year for Houston.
Vogasari also competed in singles competition during the event, falling to Russia's Anastasia Shaulskaya, 6-4, 6-3 in the tournament's opening round.
KORDOLAIMI SINGLES RESULTS
First Round- No. 836 Kordolaimi (Greece) def. Eden D'Oliveira (South Africia) 6-3, 6-1
Second Round- No. 836 Kordolaimi (Greece) def. No. 981 Angela Leweurs (France) 6-4, 1-0 Retired
Quarterfinals- No. 836 Kordolaimi (Greece) def. No. 1220 Alexandria Stiteler (USA) 7-6(4), 7-6(6)
Semifinals- No. 836 Kordolaimi (Greece) def. No. 623 Pauline Payet (France) 7-6(5), 6-7(6), 6-0
Championship- No. 836 Kordolaimi (Greece) def. No. 638 Jan Abaza (USA) 7-6(1), 3-6, 7-5
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