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Monday, September 24, 2018

Khmelnitckaia crowned singles champion at Big 5 Challenge

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University of Kansas senior Nina Khmelnitckaia won her finals match Sunday, making her one of six singles champions crowned at the Big 5 Challenge. For the weekend, Khmelnitckaia compiled an undefeated record of 3-0.

Khmelnitckaia beat Camila Westbrooks of Arizona (6-2, 6-4) in the first round. She notched her second-straight singles victory of the fall with a 6-2, 6-2 win over Taylor Russo from Auburn. In Sunday's championship round, Khmelnitckaia defeated Georgia's Lourdes Carle, 6-4, 7-5.

Senior Janet Koch and freshman Malkia Ngounoue also competed in the championship singles matches, but neither was able to pull out a victory and finished with 2-1 clips for the weekend. Meanwhile, Kansas' doubles teams combined for a 7-2 record at the Big 5 Challenge.

"We had a great weekend of competition," head coach Todd Chapman said in a team release. "We are leaving the tournament in a better place than where we started, and we learned much a lot about our team. We will now take that information and work hard to be prepared for our next event."

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