Miseviciute sails past Widjaja 6-1 6-2

COLLEGE STATION, Texas – University of Arkansas senior Aurelija Miseviciute (39-8) shot through the first round of the NCAA Singles Championships on Wednesday, dismissing Jenifer Widjaja (18-5), 6-1, 6-2 at the George P. Mitchell Tennis Center on the Texas A&M campus.

“Today’s match was a solid start to the tournament for Aurelija,” head Razorback coach Michael Hegarty said. “She was very sharp throughout the match and never let Widjaja get into the match, which is an encouraging sign for the rest of the tournament.”

The tournament three-seed and national No. 2, Miseviciute only bobbled twice in the match, in her first service game of each set. Serving in the opening game of the match, Miseviciute faced a break point but pushed forward, going up 1-0. After breaking Widjaja’s serve twice to clinch a 6-1 first set win, the Razorback quickly broke the Tiger in the first game of the second set to take a 1-0 lead.

Fighting back, Widjaja returned the break of serve on Miseviciute’s first service game of the set, evening the score 1-1. From there, Widjaja managed only one hold on serve as Miseviciute went on a four game tear to end the second set and the match, earning a spot in the round of 32, to be played Thursday.

On Thursday, Miseviciute look for her 40th win of the season against unknown foe Marina Cossou (27-10) of California at 12:30 p.m. at the Mitchell Tennis Center.

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