Begley, Rabinovich reach singles finals at Longhorn Invitational
AUSTIN, Texas – Texas junior Elizabeth Begley and sophomore Annat Rabinovich (rah-BEE-no-vitch) each won two matches and reached the finals of their respective singles draws Saturday on day two of the Longhorn Invitational at UT’s Penick-Allison TennisCenter.
Competing in the “Orange” singles draw, Begley earned her semifinals berth early in the day by defeating Houston’s Elena Kordolaimi, 6-4, 6-1. In the semifinals, Begley dropped the first set to North Texas’ Keseniya Bardabush, 6-3. Begley trailed 4-0 in the next set before claiming the next five games for a 5-4 lead. Bardabush and Begley held serve the rest of the way as the set progressed to a tiebreaker, where Begley prevailed, 7-4.
Begley trailed Bardabush 2-1 in the final set before holding serve and breaking for a 3-2 lead. Begley held serve, broke Bardabush and held serve once more to close out the match, 6-2 and preserve her spot in the “Orange” bracket finals. Begley will meet SMU’s Aleksandra Malyarchikova in Sunday’s finals at 10:30 a.m.
Rabinovich advanced to the semifinals of the “Black” singles flight with a 6-2, 6-1 win over Tulane’s Emma Helisten. She punched her ticket to Sunday’s finals with a 6-3, 6-2 victory over LSU’s Ella Taylor. Rabinovich will meet Tulane’s Ipek Birol in the finals of the “Black” singles bracket on Sunday at 10:30 a.m.
“Orange” Singles Quarterfinals
Elizabeth Begley (UT) def. Elena Kordolaimi (Houston) – 6-4, 6-1
“Orange” Singles Semifinals
Elizabeth Begley (UT) def. Keseniya Bardabush (UNT) - 3-6, 7-6 (4), 6-2
“White” Singles Quarterfinals
Barbora Vykydalova (UNT) def. Juliana Gajic (UT) – 6-3, 6-3
“Black” Singles Quarterfinals
Annat Rabinovich (UT) def. Emma Helisten (Tulane) – 6-2, 6-1
“Black” Singles Semifinals
Annat Rabinovich (UT) def. Ella Taylor (LSU) - 6-3, 6-2
“Orange” Doubles Semifinals
Edyta Cieplucha/Aleksandra Malyarchikova (SMU) def. Lina Padegimaite/Noel Scott (UT) – 8-3