MSU’s Antonaki Posts Upset To Move Into NCAA Singles Second Round
Published 7:00 am Tuesday, May 25, 2021
ORLANDO, Fla. – In the first round of the 2021 NCAA Singles Championship Sunday, Mississippi State women’s tennis’ 33rd-ranked Emma Antonaki upset 12th-ranked Giulia Pairone of Florida State, a 9-16 seed, in straight-set fashion with a 6-4, 6-4 triumph.
Antonaki will next face South Carolina’s 30th-ranked Mia Horvit in Monday’s second round (time TBA) at the USTA National Campus in Orlando. Horvit defeated No. 102 Paola Delgado from VCU 7-5, 6-0 in the first round Sunday. Despite both being members of SEC teams, Antonaki and Horvit have never met.
Sunday’s victory over Pairone marked the highest-ranked triumph of Antonaki’s Bulldog career as she improved to 17-5 overall in singles this year. The win also made her the fifth player in program history to advance to the second round of the NCAA Singles Championship.
After going down 2-0 early in the first set, the Athens, Greece, native rallied to secure the first set 6-4. Antonaki would find herself down a break twice in the second set as well, but was able to remain focused in each instance to quickly earn each break back and go on for the 6-4, 6-4 win, breaking Pairone in the final game of the match.
“That was one of the best wins I had this season,” Antonaki stated after the match. “I was committing and accelerating well on my shots, and I maintained my focus for the most part in the match. I’m looking forward to the next match tomorrow.”
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2021 NCAA Women’s Singles Championship
May 23, 2021
Orlando, Fla. – USTA National Campus
First Round – #33 Emma Antonaki (Mississippi State) def. #12 Giulia Pairone (Florida State) [9-16] 6-4, 6-4.