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CHARLESTON, S.C. - Former College of Charleston women's tennis alumnae Emma Hayman (Wanganui, New Zealand) has been selected to the New Zealand Fed Cup Team - the female version of the Davis Cup.
In two weeks, Hayman will travel to Melbourne, Australia, to represent her home country in a team tennis event against the likes of China, Japan and Australia at Melbourne Park, while the Australian Open is in progress. From there, she will travel with her four Fed Cup teammates and her coach to play in Fed Cup competition versus eight other countries on Feb. 4-10 in Astana, Kazakhstan.
"It is such an honor to make the Fed Cup Team and represent my country on the international scene," said Hayman, who compiled a two-year 30-17 singles record and a 33-14 doubles record at the College. "I love tennis now, more than ever before, and I am thrilled to be one of four chosen to represent my country."
Hayman has begun to make a name for herself in the Oceanic Region by winning two tournaments - the first of which being the New Zealand doubles championship which earned her a wild card into the WTA ASB Classic in Auckland, New Zealand. There, she won her first qualifying match, before falling to a player ranked in the Top 100 in the world, in a close second-round battle.
The 2011 CofC graduate also won her first professional event in July 2012. Hayman and her doubles partner, Jade Schoelink of the Netherlands, captured the $10,000 purse via a finals comeback against the top-seeded German duo of Carolin Daniels and Dejana Raickovic, 2-6, 6-3, 1-0 (8), in Horb, Germany. Hayman's two wins have given her the confidence to fully dedicate herself to professional tennis in 2013.
"While at CofC, Emma competed at the highest level in collegiate tennis participating in two NCAA Team Championships and with her doubles partner, Holly Dowse, as one of the 32 teams to make the NCAA Doubles Championship," CofC Director of Tennis Angelo Anastopoulo said. "She was also instrumental in our team going undefeated in Southern Conference play, while she competed for the Cougars. To compete in world team competition for her native New Zealand as a Fed Cup member is a real testament to her talent and natural team leadership abilities. I am sure with Emma's help, New Zealand will go far in the competition."