Former Spartans Compete Internationally in Belgium
BRUSSELS, Belgium – Former Spartans Dilara Yurtkuran (Istanbul, Turkey/Gunes Koleji) and Soumeya Anane (Coventry, Great Britain/Tile Hill Wood School) have extended their playing careers and are competing together in Belgium as part of the ITF Women's Circuit. Yurtkuran was a four-year letter winner, competing at UNCG in the fall of 2010 until the spring of the 2014 season. Anane was another four-year letter winner, playing in Greensboro from the fall of 2012 until the spring of the 2016 season.
Competing in the ITF Women's Circuit, the pair won its first round matchup and will compete in the quarterfinals Wednesday. The two will continue to play on the ITF Circuit and will look to build their rank by earning points in several tournaments on the tour.
“UNCG has helped me prepare for the tour as the program put together by Jeff and Ale has helped me learn how to work hard on and off the court.” Anane said, “The amount of practice, on-court coaching and match practice at UNCG really developed my game and made me mature as a person. Throughout my time at UNCG I learned a lot about my body and how to manage injuries. The athletic training room and the strength and conditioning team really helped me through tough injuries that I had in college and I am extremely grateful. UNCG taught me how to be a student as well as an athlete and I am very glad to have earned by degree in English. Go Spartans!”
“The whole UNCG athletic team helped me to learn how to deal with the adversities on and off the court and push my limits, physically and mentally.” Yurtkuran said, “My Coaches, Jeff, Ale, and Erica Zabkar also taught me to enjoy the game and smile more. It was worth all the early morning weights and late-night studies that made me a better athlete and a tougher woman inside and out. Being an educated professional tennis player and all the values my UNCG Family added into my life is something I will always be thankful for. Go G!”