COLLEGE PARK, Md. – The Purdue women’s tennis team finished Big Ten play Sunday, defeating Maryland 4-3 at the Junior Tennis Champions Center. The regular-season finale win improves the team’s overall record to 14-9 – eight matches better than 2017. Additionally, the Boilermaker’s 7-4 mark in the conference solidifies their position as the No. 5 seed in next week’s tournament at Minnesota.
In doubles against the Terrapins, Purdue fell on the higher two courts to open the dual. Silvia Ambrosio and Caitlin Calkins lost 6-3 at the first position against Millie Stretton and Eva Alexandrova, while Ena Babic and Zala Dovnik were overpowered 6-1 by Arnelle Sullivan and Ekaterina Tour at the second.
In singles, Babic and Sabe were bested in straight sets at the second and third positions respectively, while Calkins and Shimizu earned straight-set victories for the Boilermakers. The first quickly defeated Anastasiia Gevel 6-0, 6-1 on court five, and the later outplayed Sullivan 6-4, 6-2 on four.
To secure the dual, No. 95 Ambrosio and unranked Dovnik fought back after splitting sets. Purdue’s nationally ranked player won 4-6, 7-5, 6-3 at the first position against Alexandrova, and the newcomer outlasted Usui 6-1, 4-6, 7-6 (7-4) at the sixth.
Up next, the Boilermakers will face the No. 4 seed in Friday’s Big Ten tournament quarterfinals. First serve is scheduled for 11 a.m. ET at the Baseline Tennis Center.