OFFENBACH, Germany – Bearkat women’s tennis alum Fabienne Gettwart won her first pro tennis championship in November, besting four of the top five seeds at the 3 HTV Cup, a German national event.
The Dreiech Hessen, Germany product turned pro this summer after four seasons at Sam Houston. As a senior Gettwart earned All-Southland Conference recognition, was named as Sam Houston’s “Most Valuable Player” and recieved All-Academic league honors.
Unseeded in the third of a series of three Hessischer Tennis-Verband-Cup der Damen events, Gettwart dropped only one set in five matches. After a 6-0 6-0 win over Hanna Stiller in the opening round, Gettwart topped No. 5 seed Lena Golz 6-3 6-4 in the round of 16 and No. 3 seed Christine Junge-Ilges 6-1 6-1 in the quarterfinals.
In a thriller in the semi-finals against No. 1 seed Elisabeth Junge-Ilges, Gettwart took the first set 6-1 but dropped the second frame 6-2. Gettwart earned a berth in the finals by winning a super tiebreaker over the top seed 10-4. Gettwart lifted the championship trophy after a 6-3 6-3 win over No. 2 seed Lili Minich in the finals.
“We always knew Fab had the talent and work ethic to have a good shot at success as a pro,” Sam Houston head coach Rob Hubbard said. “Everyone with the Kat Tennis family wishes her continued victories.”
In four years at Sam Houston, Gettwart totaled 57 career singles victories and 41 doubles wins. As a senior she helped lead the Kats to their highest season victory total (14) in school history.
Another highlight of the former Bearkat star’s rookie season in the pro ranks came in October at a tournament in Antalya, Turkey. Gettwart earned her first ITF rankings point there with a pair of qualifying victories and a 6-3 4-6 6-4 win versus Andrina Peer of Switzerland to reach the round of 16.