In a match that looked better on the court than on the scoreboard, top-seeded Taylor Townsend opened singles play in the Waco Showdown $80K Tuesday with a 6-0, 6-0 win over Baylor’s Theresa Van Zyl at the Hurd Tennis Center.
Townsend, ranked No. 105 in the world, dominated from the outset but Van Zyl didn’t go quietly in her USTA Pro Circuit debut, forcing several games to deuce despite Townsend’s mostly error-free play.
“I felt like I played pretty well,” said the senior from Aroab, Namibia, who was playing in her first Challenger-level tournament. “The first set we had a lot of deuces, but on the big points, I have to give her credit, she played really well. She didn’t give away any free points.”
Van Zyl made 75 percent of her first serves, saved 4 of 7 break points and played several extended rallies with Townsend in the opening set, but won only 18 points to her opponent’s 34.
“I’m proud of myself because I hit with her and played with her, and I fought to the end,” she said. “That’s all I can do.”
Van Zyl’s teammates also lost in the first round in Tuesday night’s featured doubles matches. Kristina Sorokolet and Dominika Sujova fell to fourth-seeded Usue Arconada and Maria Irigoyen, 6-3, 6-4, while sophomores Jessica Hinojosa and Angie Shakhraichuk dropped a 6-2, 6-2 decision to Sofia Kenin and Anastasiya Komardina.