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Cougar tennis leaves international impression

UH junior Elena Kordolaimi showed what she could do on the international stage, claiming the doubles championship with Sweden’s Susanne Celik.

Kordolaimi demonstrated her talent in the Jolie Ville F20 Women’s Open on Sunday. This was her first professional championship.

“I’m so proud of Elena for winning her first professional title, and even more proud that it was in doubles play,” said UH head coach Patrick Sullivan.

The Jolie Ville F20 Women’s Open is a tournament on the International Tennis Federation (ITF) Women’s Circuit, which serves as the developmental circuit for the WTA Tour.

Kordolaimi competed as an amateur and won three straight doubles matches, which included a 6-1, 7-6 (2) win in the title match over United Kingdom’s Sabrina Bamburac and Spain’s Arabela Fernandez Rabener.

She also had a deep run in singles play, but fell to Romania’s Elena-Teodora Cadar 6-0, 6-3 in the singles quarterfinals, after winning two straight matches.

“She has a champion’s attitude and work ethic and has made herself into a complete player,” Sullivan said.

Sullivan commended her perseverance to improve, as she struggled with doubles early in her career.

“I spoke with her earlier and true to form she was taking the victory much in stride and is already focused on the next tournament, but this is a big milestone for her,” Sullivan said. “The entire Houston tennis family is extremely proud of her.”

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