AMCC’s Ata, NSU’s Iwaniuk Garner Southland Tennis Weekly Honors

first_imgWeek Six Stats (Men) | Week Six Stats (Women)FRISCO, Texas – Texas A&M-Corpus Christi’s Ryuya Ata and Northwestern State’s Ela Iwaniuk are the Southland Conference Men’s and Women’s Tennis Players of the Week, respectively, the league announced Tuesday. Honorable Mention: Max Heinzel, New Orleans. Iwaniuk and Dancetovic carried that momentum into Sunday’s match, storming back from a 4-1 deficit to clinch the doubles point with a 7-5 victory. Iwaniuk capped off her perfect week with a 6-3, 6-3 win over Laura Cabrera, improving to 6-3 at No. 2 singles. This is Iwaniuk’s first career Player of the Week award and the second-straight for the Lady Demons after Mariella Minetti earned the recognition last week. Men’s Tennis Player of the Week – Ryuya Ata, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi – Freshman – Fukoka, JapanAta defeated New Mexico State’s Jordy Visser 6-2, 6-3 and secured the Islanders’ lone point against DePaul with a 6-0, 6-2 triumph over Christopher Casati. Ata improved to 5-1 at No. 3 singles and 12-1 in solo play overall in 2020. Since suffering his first loss on Feb. 11, he has won three-straight without surrendering more than three games in a set. Honorable Mention: Nini Memishishi, Abilene Christian; Matilde Mulatero, McNeese; Fuka Nonoyama, Central Arkansas; Camille Townsend, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. Ata came out on top of both of his No. 3 singles matches and split his No. 2 doubles contests last week at the H-E-B Tournament of Champions in Corpus Christi. The Islanders (12-4) swept their Friday doubleheader with 4-0 wins over Eastern Washington and New Mexico State before falling to DePaul 4-1 on Saturday. Having played 16 matches in the first month of the season, the team’s only match for the next two weeks is against UTSA at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 26.center_img Iwaniuk led the Lady Demons to a pair of crucial home wins over Southern Miss (4-2) and UTSA (4-0) on Friday and Sunday, respectively, to close out non-conference play. She went a perfect 4-0 on the weekend with two wins each at No. 2 singles and top-line doubles. Northwestern State (7-3) hits the road to open Southland Conference play against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi at noon Friday and Lamar at 11 a.m. Sunday. Southland weekly award winners are nominated and voted upon by each school’s sports information director. Voting for one’s own athlete is not permitted. To earn honorable mention, a student-athlete must appear on at least 25 percent of ballots. Women’s Tennis Player of the Week – Ela Iwaniuk, Northwestern State – Senior – Konarskie, PolandAgainst a previously undefeated Southern Miss squad, Iwaniuk issued the first loss of the season to her No. 2 singles opponent Katia de la Garza 6-1, 6-2. Iwaniuk and doubles partner Emilija Dancetovic blanked the Golden Eagles’ top-line duo of Monique Burton and Sarah Medik, 6-0, to hand them their first defeat on the year as well. Ata and teammate Kyohei Yamanaka posted their second-straight 6-0 victory at No. 2 doubles against Eastern Washington on Friday but dropped their first match together against New Mexico State by a score of 6-4. This marks Ata’s fourth weekly honor of the season.last_img read more

Novak Djokovic gets another slide at US Open

first_imgTop seed Novak Djokovic cannot seem able to get a match in at the U.S. Open, as the world number one was given another rapid advance when Russian Mikhail Youzhny retired due to a leg injury when trailing 4-2 on Friday. (Watch: Serena Williams dances to her own tunes)Youzhny was treated during the changeover at 4-1 in the third-round match at Arthur Ashe Stadium and had his left thigh taped. He won the next game on his serve but could not continue, giving Djokovic a pass into the round of 16. (Bernard Tomic fined USD 10,000 for outburst at heckler in US Open)The Serb, winner of this year’s Australian Open and French Open to complete a career grand slam, came into the match off a three-day break due to a walkover into the third round when Jiri Vesely of the Czech Republic withdrew.”It’s difficult to pick the words now. I don’t think I ever had this kind of situation in my career, where I had a second-round walkover and the third round 30 minutes only,” Djokovic said on court before settling in for some practice.”I’ll try to get the positives out of these six games. Obviously I did start very well with a good intensity and I’ll try to carry that into the next match.”Defending champion Djokovic will next face either 20th-seeded American John Isner or 84th-ranked Briton Kyle Edmund with a berth in the quarter-finals at stake.Djokovic, who has been bothered in recent months by a nagging wrist injury, won his opening match at Flushing Meadows on Monday, 6-3, 5-7, 6-2, 6-1 over 247th-ranked Jerzy Janowicz of Poland and is not expected back on court until Sunday.advertisementThe 29-year-old Serb was asked whether the long layoff was to his advantage or detriment.”Depends at how you look at it,” he told reporters.”Considering the stage of the season, the amount of matches I’ve played, what I’ve been through with my body, I think it’s actually good to have some days off and then shorter matches.”From the other side, sure, as you are approaching second week of the grand slam you want to have match play and you want to have time spent on the centre court before you face one of the top players.”On balance, Djokovic seems content with his situation.”I’m not too concerned about my game itself. I’ve worked hard last couple days. Health-wise, I feel much better than I did at the beginning of the tournament,” he said. “I’m confident that everything is going in the right direction.”last_img read more