Mehvish Safdar
Mehvish  Safdar


Mason, Ohio

High School:
Ursuline Academy


Gophers Competitive in ITA Summer Circuit

The University of Minnesota women’s tennis team continued their strong summer this past weekend at the ITA Summer Circuit.


Gophers Compete in Summer ITA Circuit

Five Gopher women's tennis players will compete in the the ITA Summer Circuit at Purdue.


Gophers Compete in US Open Qualifier

Six University of Minnesota tennis student-athletes competed this weekend at the US Open Sectional Qualifier.


Gophers Compete in US Open Qualifier

Six University of Minnesota tennis student-athletes competed this weekend at the US Open Sectional Qualifier.


Gophers Earn Academic Big Ten Honors

The Gophers totaled 282 Academic All-Big Ten honorees for the 2015-16 academic year.


Day Two Gopher Invitational

Women's Tennis

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Went 6-2 in singles and 10-10 in doubles in the spring season • partnered with Caitlyn Merzbacher at the No. 3 doubles spot to go 10-9 • played No. 3-6 singles spots and had a five match win streak going at one point • picked up a win against No. 73 South Alabama's Paula Sanchez • went 1-1 against Big Ten opponents. 

Completed her fall season with a record of 6-5 in singles play and 6-6 in doubles play • at the Gopher Invite Safdar went 4-2 in doubles with a 3-1 singles record to start her season  won her first round match at the ITA Central Region Championships in singles and won two consolation matches. She also won one doubles consolation match • won a doubles match with teammate Caroline Ryba at the Thunderbird Invitational. 

Finished the season 7-5 in singles and 20-15 in doubles • six of seven singles wins came in straight sets • went 6-1 in singles and 13-6 in doubles at the Baseline Tennis Center • in the spring season, had a 3-0 singles record and a 12-10 doubles record • won three times at No. 1 doubles, including twice with Tereza Brichacova • had a 10-5 doubles record with Mehvish Safdar • duo led the team with six conference wins and won six straight matches from March 16 to April 5 • had a 4-5 singles record and an 8-5 doubles record in her first fall season • tied for the team lead with eight fall doubles wins • reached the singles championship match at the Gopher Invitational by winning the first three matches of her collegiate career (Sept. 19-21) • advanced to the second round of singles qualifying at the ITA Central Region Championships (Oct. 16-20) • had first, second and third-place finishes in doubles at the Gopher Invitational (Sept. 19-21) • went 6-2 in fall doubles Brichacova, including a run to the doubles quarterfinal round at the Central Regionals (Oct. 16-20).

Played tennis at Ursuline Academy in Ohio • finished her prep career with a 116-8 singles record and a 24-0 doubles mark, recording the most total (140) and singles (116) victories in school history • named a national high school tennis All-American in 2013-14 • was a two-time Ohio state singles champion and was the 2010 state doubles champion with her sister, Komal • was the first Ursuline player to win both titles • won two district singles championships and one district doubles title • three-time sectional singles champion • earned Ursulines' Team Award in 2011 and 2013 • four-time First Team Singles Girls Greater Catholic League (GGCL) All-Star and two-time GGCL Player of the Year • was a First Team Singles Greater Cincinnati Tennis Coaches' Association (GCTCA) All-Star two times and was the GCTCA Player of the Year in 2011 and 2013 • First Team Cincinnati Enquirer All-Star in 2010 and 2012 and was the publication's player of the year in 2011 and 2013 • four-time Ohio Tennis Coaches' Association (OTCA) all-state selection and winner of the OTCA Student-Athlete Racquet Award in 2012 and 2013 • Greater Cincinnati Northern Kentucky (GCNK) Women's Sports Association High School Sportswoman of the Year in 2011 and 2013 • LaRosa's MVP of the Year Finalist in 2013.

Considering a major in psychology • was a four-year honor roll student in high school • enjoys writing and leisure running • most memorable sports thrill was winning the high school state doubles tournament with her sister, Komal, when she was a freshman and Komal was a senior • sister, Komal, plays tennis for Syracuse • daughter of Shahzad and Wardha Safdar • born September 14, 1996.

Mehvish Safdar's Career Statistics
Season Singles Doubles
2014-15 7-5 20-15
2015-16 12-7 16-16
Career Totals 19-12 36-31


Gophers Hire Nick Kavelaris


Head coach Chuck Merzbacher announced on Thursday that Nick Kavelaris has joined the University of Minnesota women’s tennis coaching staff.

Gophers Named to ITA All-Academic Team


The University of Minnesota women’s tennis team was named a 2016 Intercollegiate Association (ITA) All-Academic team.

Gophers Headline 21st Aquatennial


The University of Minnesota had a combination of 17 former and current Gopher student-athletes who competed at the 21st Aquatennial Tennis Classic this past week.

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