Follow senior Maja Vujic and junior Mehvish Safdar as they show you what a day in their lives are like.
The University of Minnesota Golden Gophers will be traveling to Florida Gulf Coast University in Estero, Fla. on Thursday to compete in the FGCU Fall Tournament.
The University of Minnesota Golden Gophers finished strong after four days of competition at the Gopher Invitational at Baseline Tennis Center this weekend.
The third day of the Gopher Invite saw some hard fought matches for the maroon and gold at Baseline Tennis Center as they won two doubles draws.
The University of Minnesota women's tennis team continued to play strong today, the second day of the Gopher Invitational at Baseline Tennis Center.
PRIOR TO MINNESOTA
2017 SPRING SEASON
Went 5-5 in singles play and 11-12 in doubles • played in every singles slot except for the No. 1 spot • primarily played in the No. 1 spot in doubles with teammate Merzbacher • won first two singles matches of the spring season while only dropping one game in two matches • won first two matches in doubles including a 6-0 victory over the No. 2 South Dakota State pair of Velazco/Chela • picked up first B1G victory over Wisconsin in a 6-1 strong performance with the help of Merzbacher • strung together four straight doubles victories with three of them on the road.
2016 FALL SEASON
Went 7-7 in singles play and 10-7 in doubles • won three singles matches and four doubles matches at the Gopher Invitational • added two more singles victories and three doubles victories at the FGCU Fall Tournament • won two matches in both singles and doubles at the ITA Central Region Championships • finished the fall season with a doubles victory with Caitlyn Merzbacher at the Kitty Harrison Invite.
2016 SPRING SEASON
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.
2015 FALL SEASON
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.
2014-15 • FRESHMAN SEASON
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.
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