Stefania Hristov, who also will be a sophomore in the upcoming season, reached the semifinals at the $10,000 Iasi, played in her hometown of Iasi, Romania. The Aggie won a grueling third-set tiebreaker, 10-8, with partner Patricia Lancranjan to advance to the semifinal match before they fell to Romanian countrywomen Irina Maria Bara and Diana Buzean.
Deheza and Hristov were key contributors as rookies for Texas A&M last season. The two shored up the No. 4 and No. 6 singles positions, respectively, and the No. 3 and No. 1 doubles lines and helped the Aggies win the Southeastern Conference championship title and reach the NCAA championship match for the first time in school history.
Incoming Aggie freshman Rutuja Bhosale of India also has had a successful summer, winning the doubles title in the $10,000 Valladolid in Valladolid, Spain, last month. Playing as an amateur, the 17-year old teamed with Camilla Rosatello of Italy and won all three matches in straight sets to win the tournament.
Bhosale will compete in the Asian Youth Games, August 16-24, in Nanjing, China.
Texas A&M opens its fall season at the Duke Invitational, Sept. 13-15, in Durham, N.C.
Story courtesy of Texas A&M Athletics