Women’s tennis keeps on rolling

By Kasey McMillian

Baylor’s ranked No. 5 women’s tennis team defeated TCU’s Horned Frogs on Wednesday p.m. at the Hurd Tennis Center in Waco.

“It was good to defeat TCU because they are a good team,” senior Sona Novakova said. “We didn’t play them last year so we didn’t know what to expect.”

Freshman Ema Burgic, ranked No. 4, played in her first match all season on Sunday against Wyoming after being injured. She had sat out seven matches due to a stress fracture in her ankle but even with her injury has done a great job competing.

“I was so nervous, especially in singles,” Burgic said. “I still have a little pain but I feel like I did good so everything is fine.”

Burgic competed with Novakova in doubles and defeated TCU 8-4.

“We need to work on our communication with each other but it was our first match together,” Novakova said. “After figuring out the game plan we executed very well.”

Burgic said the strategy was to “be aggressive every point. No rallies. We wanted to finish the point as soon as possible.”

Novakova and Burgic were just as successful in singles, with Novakova winning 6-3, 6-4 and Burgic winning 6-3, 6-1.

The Lady Bears also got singles victories from Jordaan Sanford 6-0, 6-1, Diana Nakic 6-1, 7-5 and Nina Secerbegovic 6-3, 6-4.

“Our first goal is to get better,” said Novakova. “Win the NCAA’s is always the goal and win the Big 12.”