LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – Julia Jones finished second on the Ole Miss women’s tennis team in wins last year with 24. If her fast start this year is any indication, she’s well on her way to surpassing that mark.
The junior from St. Petersburg, Fla., defeated Memphis sophomore Skyler Kuykendall 6-3, 7-5 in the finals of the A Draw at the Country Club of Little Rock Invitational Sunday. Jones won all three of her matches in straight sets, including two top-50 wins in the first two rounds, to up her season record to 6-1.
“I knew I was the underdog going into the tournament, but I just told myself to focus on one point at a time and not the outcome of the match,” Jones said. “I trained really hard this summer, and I think that has helped me get off to a good start this fall. I’ve also been working on improving my serve, and I think that definitely showed in my matches.”
“This was a great tournament for Julia,” head coach Mark Beyers said. “She beat three really tough players. It’s a great start to the season for her, and hopefully this will give her a lot of confidence going into the All-American next weekend.”
Jones will look to keep her momentum going at the year’s first major, the Riviera All-American Championships, which begins next weekend in Pacific Palisades, Calif. Jones and teammate Mai El Kamash are in the prequalifying draw, while senior Caroline Rohde-Moe starts her quest in qualifying.
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