Aug. 16, 2012
HANNOVER, Germany - Before making her debut as a member of the Florida State women's tennis team, Kristina Schleich has already won a major tournament. Last weekend the junior transfer captured the Five Springer Open in Hannover, Germany.
"I'm so happy that Kristina was able to win her national event to conclude her summer play," head coach Jennifer Hyde said. "She has worked really hard these last few months to get ready for her fall season, and I think she has a little bit of fire in her belly as she arrives to FSU this week. I'm so pleased for her and I look forward to building upon her summer success this fall as she wears the Garnet and Gold for the first time."
At one of the biggest national tournaments of the year, Schleich was seeded seventh in the main draw. In her fifth tournament this summer she beat five opponents on her way to the title.
Schleich knocked off two of the top five seeds during the event. She cruised through the first two rounds with identical scores of 6-1, 6-1.
In the quarterfinals, Schleich beat third seeded Hristinia Dishkova in a grueling tiebreak set, 6-2, 4-6, 13-11. During the semifinal match, Schleich topped the No. 54 ranked player in Germany and the top seed of the tournament, Julia Paetow 6-3, 6-4 en route to the final.
In the championship match, Schleich beat Derya Turham , 6-4, 6-2 securing her first singles tournament win of the summer.
"I have worked hard this summer," Schleich said. "I am glad to see how the hard work paid off with such a big win. This gave me a lot of confidence for my transition to FSU. I am excited to learn more and work together with my new coaches and team." Schleich will join the Seminoles later this month after spending two seasons with University of Colorado.