Perez-Somarriba Opens with Straight-Set Win in Arizona
By Alex Schwartz
SURPRISE, Ariz. – Estela Perez-Somarriba of the University of Miami women’s tennis team started strong Wednesday at the Oracle ITA National Fall Championships.
The junior, ranked third nationally and seeded second in the draw, registered a 6-4, 6-2 triumph over Natalia Perry of William & Mary at the Surprise Tennis & Racquet Complex.
“Estela had a good start to her race,” Miami associate head coach Laura Vallverdu said. “She is looking to continue to put the pieces together in order to keep a steady pace. If she is able to do that, she is and will be tough to beat.”
After a dominant first set, Perez-Somarriba and Perry split the first eight games of the second before the Madrid native won back-to-back games to close out her 11th straight-set triumph of the fall.
Perez-Somarriba, who has now defeated two players from William & Mary this fall, upped her winning streak to six straight.
Thursday at 2:30 p.m. ET, Perez-Somarriba returns to the court to take on No. 26 Lauren Proctor of Winthrop.
Sunday’s tournament final in the Grand Canyon State will be broadcast live on ESPN3 and then re-aired on ESPNU two days later, Nov. 13, at 5 p.m. ET. The victor will receive a main draw wild card berth to a 2019 Oracle Challenger Series event.
Singles Main Draw – Round of 64
No. 3  Estela Perez-Somarriba (UM) def. Natalia Perry (WM), 6-2, 6-4
Singles Main Draw – Round of 32
2:30 p.m. ET: No. 3  Estela Perez-Somarriba (UM) vs. No. 26 Lauren Proctor (WIN)