BOWLING GREEN, Ky. — WKU Tennis head coach Jonatan Berhane announced Friday afternoon that Finland product Monica Malinen has signed an NLI with the Lady Toppers. She will enroll in January and will be set to compete for the 2017 spring season.
The Oulu, Finland, native posted a notable prep career, garnering a personal best ranking of 721 in the ITF Junior Rankings.
Malinen, partnering with Milka-Emilia Pasanen, won the 2015 TATS Open on the doubles side, stringing together four wins. In addition, the incoming freshman took home the singles title, defeating five opponents in the 32-person field, including No. 316 Anastasia Sukhotina of Russia in the championship match.
“Monica is a player that is under the radar because she has not played a lot of international tournaments, but when she has, she’s done very well,” said Berhane. “She is solid from the baseline, moves well on the court and very good at the net. She is the right addition for our team and will add depth to our team.”
Malinen also was on the Finland Fed Cup National Team, competing at the No. 6 spot in the 2016 event. She added two more ITF tournament crowns in 2015 – MTV Total and Junior Cup.
Before submitting her NLI to WKU, Malinen was recruited by SEC tennis powerhouse South Carolina and Central Florida out of the AAC.
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