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Incoming Aggie Boczova, Former A&M Standout Stancu Experience Success

July 21, 2014
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COLLEGE STATION, Texas – Klaudia Boczova, who has committed to play her final two seasons of collegiate tennis at Texas A&M, and Cristina Stancu, who recently completed a stellar two-year career with the Aggies, have both experienced success at international tournaments this summer.

Boczova, from Bratislava, Slovakia, won the Kronborg Open in Denmark earlier this month, upsetting four top-eight seeded players en route to the tournament title. The 2013 Western Athletic Conference Player of the Year as a first-year sophomore at San Jose State, Boczova was a wild card entry at the Denmark tournament and opened by winning her first three matches in straight sets, including victories over the No. 3 and No. 8 seeded players. The wins set up a semifinal showdown against top-seeded Mai Grage. Boczova dropped the first set, 2-6, but rallied to win the next two, 6-1, 6-4, to advance to the championship match, where she knocked off No. 2 seed Emma Rønholt, 6-1, 6-4, to win the tournament.

Boczova did not compete for San Jose State in 2014. In 2013, she went 16-3 in dual matches, all at the No. 1 line and became the first player in Spartan women’s tennis to receive WAC player of the year honors. She also was the first player from San Jose State to compete in the NCAA Singles Championship, where she fell in three sets in the first round. Boczova was No. 61 in the 2013 final Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) singles rankings.

Boczova also was honored as an ITA Scholar Athlete for possessing a 3.50 or higher grade-point average in 2013 while also being a regular in the Spartans’ lineup.

“Klaudia is every bit as good a student as she is a stellar tennis player,” said Howard Joffe, who is entering his fourth season as the women’s tennis head coach at Texas A&M. “We are very lucky that she has chosen to join the Aggies for her junior and senior years.”

Stancu made her professional debut this summer and has captured two doubles titles with partner Raluca Platon. Stancu, an ITA All-American who was No. 9 in the 2014 final ITA singles rankings, also has posted a semifinal and final finish in singles.

Competing in her home country of Romania, Stancu paired with Platon to dispose of three seeded teams on the way to a tournament title in Bucharest in late June. In the singles portion of the tournament, Stancu won three matches in the qualifying rounds to reach the 32-player main draw. After winning her first two matches of the main draw in straight sets, Stancu fell to No. 1 seed Cristina Dinu, 2-6, 7-5, 6-1, in the semifinals.

In a tournament held in Iasi, Romania, Stancu won her first four singles matches, including a three-set win over 2014 Wimbledon girls singles semifinalist Elena Ruse, to reach the finals, where she fell to Oana Georgeta Simion, 6-2, 6-1. In doubles at Iasi, Stancu and Platon won their first three matches of the 32-team draw in straight sets to reach the finals, where they upset No. 4 seed Simion and Gabriela Talaba, 2-6, 6-4, 10-6, and captured their second consecutive doubles title.

Complete results are available at wtatennis.com.

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