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URBANA, Ill. The No. 60 DePaul women’s tennis team suffered a 6-1 loss at Illinois on Friday.  Freshman Selma Salkovic gave the Blue Demons a singles victory at the Atkins Tennis Center.

Salkovic battled Momei Qu to a three set win at No. 4 singles.  After dropping the first set, 6-4, Salkovic fought back to take the second set, 7-6, and the final frame, 6-2.  The DePaul freshman improves to 6-1 in dual-season singles play.

Five of the evening’s singles matches were decided in three sets.  Junior Dunja Antunovic suffered a 2-6, 6-4, 6-1 loss to Megan Fudge in the top match, while senior Gergana Ganeva dropped a 4-6, 7-6, 7-5 decision in the No. 2 match.  Freshman Katarina Milinkovic lost, 5-7, 6-3, 7-5, at No. 3 singles and sophomore Kirsten Gambrell fell, 7-5, 3-6, 6-2, at No. 6.

Ganeva and Mihaldinec posted DePaul’s lone doubles victory as they topped Annie McCarthy and Alejandra MezaCuadra, 9-8, in the No. 3 match.

DePaul (5-2) returns to competition on Sunday with a noon (CST) dual at No. 46 Iowa.  The Blue Demons and Hawkeyes meet at the Hawkeye Tennis and Recreation Complex in Iowa City, Iowa.

Illinois 6, DePaul 1

Doubles
No. 1 - Fudge/Finnegan (Illinois) def. Antunovic/Gambrell (DePaul) 8-3
No. 2 - Lambropoulos/Dave (Illinois) def. Csordas/Salkovic (DePaul) 9-8
No. 3 - Ganeva/Mihaldinec (DePaul) def. McCarthy/MezaCuadra (Illinois) 9-8

Singles
No. 1 - Megan Fudge (Illinois) def. Dunja Antunovic (DePaul) 2-6, 6-4, 6-1
No. 2 - Leigh Finnegan (Illinois) def. Gergana Ganeva (DePaul) 4-6, 7-6 (7-1), 7-5
No. 3 - Marisa Lambropoulos (Illinois) def. Katarina Milinkovic (DePaul) 5-7, 6-3, 7-5
No. 4 - Selma Salkovic (DePaul) def. Momei Qu (Illinois) 4-6, 7-6 (7-5), 6-2
No. 5 - Shivani Dave (Illinois) def. Anja Mihaldinec (DePaul) 6-0, 6-0
No. 6 - Kristina Minor (Illinois) def. Kirsten Gambrell (DePaul) 7-5, 3-6, 6-2