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University of Washington Women Team News
Huskies Add Top Junior Player Ysidora
Thursday, 09/13/2012

SEATTLE - Husky women's tennis head coach Jill Hultquist today announced the addition of one of the world's top-ranked junior players to the Washington roster. Grace Ysidora, a native of Indonesia, has been ranked in the top-40 among junior players worldwide and she will join the Huskies for the upcoming 2012-13 season.

Ysidora, born in Jakarta, Indonesia, reached a career-high International Tennis Federation (ITF) junior ranking of 32 in August of 2010. She has competed in singles and doubles in all four of the junior major championships, including reaching the round of 16 at the 2010 junior Australian Open, and the round of 32 at the 2009 U.S. Open juniors. She also played in the junior main draw at Wimbledon and the French Open in 2009 and 2010.

She also has extensive experience in pro circuit events, and has achieved a career-high WTA tour ranking of No. 607 in October of 2011. Ysidora has a pair of doubles titles to her credit in 10,000 level tour events in Indonesia and Thailand, and she has reached the semis or final of a 10,000 level tour event on four occasions. She has also made the singles round of 16 at three 25,000-level events.

The Intercollegiate Tennis Association published a top-10 newcomers poll last week with Ysidora already listed at No. 6. Hultquist thinks Ysidora could help fill the gap left by the departure of Denise Dy this past spring and Venise Chan in 2011, who combined for six All-America honors.

"We are very excited about having Grace join us," said Hultquist. "It is always tough when a program loses their top two players over a couple of years, so signing a player of Grace's caliber will help us a lot. She comes in having been ranked in the top-40 juniors in the world and that is comparable to where Venise and Denise were coming in."

Also of note is the fact that Ysidora won a bronze medal at the 2011 Southeast Asian Games in the mixed doubles event. Denise Dy and her partner Treat Huey were the gold medal winners in that same event, and they defeated the then-18-year-old Ysidora and her partner in the semifinals.