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Women's Tennis Wins Six Matches at the Arkansas Invite

Sant'Anna and Leenabanchong plays in the finals of the Wimbledon Flight

Sant'Anna and Leenabanchong plays in the finals of the Wimbledon Flight
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Oct. 5, 2013

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. - The University of Tulsa women's tennis team won six matches at the Arkansas Invite on Saturday at the Dills Indoor Facility.

In the Wimbledon Flight, Maria Sant'Anna and Dobby Leenabanchong won their match and will compete against each other for the championship in the flight.

Sant'Anna defeated Brittany Huxley of Arkansas 1-6, 6-4, 6-4 in the semifinal on Saturday, while Leenabanchong defeated Tatiana Larina of Northwestern State 6-2, 6-4.

Carol Benito saw her first action, as she received a bye in the first round, defeating Daniela Simonova of Northwestern State 6-3, 6-2 in the semifinal on Saturday. Benito faces Martha Morga of Memphis in the French Open Flight final.

Renata Kuricova defeated Paula de Mann of Auburn 6-0, 6-3 in the back draw of the U.S. Open Flight.

The doubles teams of Saana Saarteinen and Kuricova and Sant'Anna and Leenbanchong won their matches in the Australian Flight. Saarteinen and Kuricova defeated Shannon Hudson and Brittany Huxley of Arkansas 8-2 and faces Sant'Anna and Leenbanchong, who defeated Alyssa Hibberd and Carolina Wegner of Memphis 8-6, in the finals.

Benito, who partnered with Flavia Araujo of Arkansas, defeated Nataly Krutova and Daniela Simonova of Northwestern State 8-6 in a back draw match.

Samantha Vickers and Isuara Enrique fell in the quarterfinals of the doubles back draw to Kate Fuller and Silvia Garcia of Georgia 8-5 at the Riviera/ITA All-American Championships at the Riviera Tennis Club in Pacific Palisades, Calif. The Georgia doubles team was ranked the No.1 doubles team in the back draw.



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Riviera/ITA All-American

Doubles (Back Draw)

Kate Fuller -Silvia Garcia (UGA) d. Samantha Vickers-Isuara Enrique (Tulsa) 8-5

Arkansas Invite


Carol Benito (Tulsa) d. Daniela Simonova (NWST) 6-3, 6-2

Maria Sant'Anna (Tulsa) d. Brittany Huxley (Ark.) 1-6, 6-4, 6-4

Dobby Leenabanchong (Tulsa) d. Tatiana Larina (NWST) 6-2, 6-4

Renata Kuricova (Tulsa) d. Paula de Mann (Auburn) 6-0, 6-3*


Saana Saarteinen-Renata Kuricova (Tulsa) d. Brittany Huxley-Shannon Hudson (Ark.) 8-2

Maria Sant'Anna-Dobby Leenabanchong (Tulsa) d. Alyssa Hibberd-Carolina Wegner (Memphis) 8-6

Carol Benito (Tulsa)-Flavia Araujo (Ark.) d. Nataly Krutova-Daniela Simonova (NWST) 8-6*

*Back draw match