W. Tennis 11-3 on Day One of Bedford Cup
FORT MYERS, Fla. – The University of Miami women’s tennis team began the Bedford Cup in style Friday at the FGCU Tennis Complex, posting a combined 11-3 overall record in singles and doubles competition.
Sophomores Wendy Zhang and Yolimar Ogando, seeded first and second respectively in the Singles A Draw and joining forced as the top-seeded duo in the Doubles A Draw, helped lead the way with unblemished records.
“Yolimar and Wendy are intricate parts of our program now in their second year,” Miami associate head coach Laura Vallverdu said. “If they do what they did today more days than not, we are a different team.”
No. 63 Zhang and No. 94 Ogando both received first round byes in the Singles A Draw and then rolled to dominant victories in the round of 16. Zhang downed North Florida’s Noemi Hemmerich 6-3, 6-2 and Ogando won 6-2, 6-3 over Mina Matsuba of Bethune-Cookman.
Two other Hurricanes also advanced to the quarterfinals of the Singles A Draw, as sophomore Silvia Fuentes and freshman Ana Madcur each won both of their matches on the first day without dropping a set.
Fuentes, who went 4-0 on the day including doubles, earned a 6-4, 6-4 victory against USF’s Jessica Cortes Chaves and followed that up with a 6-4, 6-2 triumph over Michelle Valdez of North Florida. Madcur downed USF’s Ana Roman Dominguez 6-1, 7-5 and then took a close match against UCF’s Sofia Baptista, 7-6 (7-3), 7-6 (7-0).
Miami went 6-2 in singles action, with both losses coming in the opening round. Senior Clementina Riobueno, ranked No. 63 and seeded third, fell 4-6, 2-6 to FIU’s Maryna Veksler and freshman Clara Tanielian dropped her match to fourth-seeded Emily Fanning of Florida State, 3-6, 4-6.
In the Doubles A Draw, all three Hurricane pairs won their opening round matches. Ogando/Zhang cruised past Vera Bessonova and Chloe Murphy of USF, 6-0, while Fuentes/Riobueno won 6-1 over UCF’s Diana Dehterevich and Emilia Granstrom and Madcur/Tanielian topped Cortes Chaves and Roman Dominguez, 6-3.
Two Miami duos also won their quarterfinal contests, with Ogando/Zhang downing Cassie Pough and Jazz Whittaker of FAU, 6-3, and Fuentes/Riobueno defeating FGCU’s Elizabeth Means and Breana Stampfli, 6-2. The Hurricane pairs will face off against each other in Saturday’s semifinals.
The other Miami duo, Madcur and Tanielian, fell 3-6 to Veksler and Nina Nagode of FIU in their quarterfinal contest.
Singles play will resume at 8 a.m. Saturday morning and doubles competition is scheduled to pick back up at 3 p.m.
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Singles A Main Draw – First Round
 Emily Fanning (FSU) def. Clara Tanielian (Miami), 6-3, 6-4
Ana Madcur (Miami) def. Ana Roman Dominguez (USF), 6-1, 7-5
Silvia Fuentes (Miami) def. Jessica Cortes Chaves (USF), 6-4, 6-4
Maryna Veksler (FIU) def. No. 63  Clementina Riobueno (Miami), 6-4, 6-2
Singles A Main Draw – Round of 16
No. 73  Wendy Zhang (Miami) def. Noemi Hemmerich (UNF), 6-3, 6-2
Ana Madcur (Miami) def. Sofia Baptista (UCF), 7-6 (7-3), 7-6 (7-0)
Silvia Fuentes (Miami) def. Michelle Valdez (UNF), 6-4, 6-2
T-No. 94  Yolimar Ogando (Miami) def. Mina Matsuba (BCU), 6-2, 6-3
Doubles A Main Draw – Round of 16
 Yolimar Ogando/Wendy Zhang (Miami) def. Vera Bessonova/Chloe Murphy (USF), 6-0
Silvia Fuentes/Clementina Riobueno (Miami) def. Diana Dehterevich/Emilia Granstrom (UCF), 6-1
Ana Madcur/Clara Tanielian (Miami) def. Jessica Cortes Chaves/Ana Roman Dominguez (USF), 6-3
Doubles A Main Draw – Quarterfinals
 Yolimar Ogando/Wendy Zhang (Miami) def. Cassie Pough/Jazz Whittaker (FAU), 6-3
Silvia Fuentes/Clementina Riobueno (Miami) def. Elizabeth Means/Breana Stampfli (FGCU), 6-2
Nina Nagode/Maryna Veksler (FIU) def. Ana Madcur/Clara Tanielian (Miami), 6-3
Singles A Main Draw – Quarterfinals
8 a.m.: No. 73  Wendy Zhang (Miami) vs. Joselyn Treyes Albarracin (FGCU)
8 a.m.: Ana Madcur (Miami) vs.  Emily Fanning (FSU)
8 a.m.: Silvia Fuentes (Miami) vs. Maryna Veksler (FIU)
8 a.m.: T-No. 94  Yolimar Ogando (Miami) vs. Vera Bessonova (USF)