Gamecocks Compete in Three-Day Event Starting Friday
Gamecock Newcomer Scores Victory Against Nation's No. 42-Ranked Player
South Carolina Boasts 7-0 Record in Singles
South Carolina Still Looks to Make 19th Consecutive NCAA Appearance
Gamecocks and Rebels Face Off at 9 a.m. ET From Starkville, Miss.
South Carolina vs. Ole Miss (4/7/2013)
South Carolina vs. Alabama (3/24/2013)
South Carolina vs. College of Charleston (2/23/2013)
South Carolina vs. LSU (4/6/2012)
South Carolina vs. Clemson (2/22/2012)
2011-12 (SOPHOMORE): Won her first four matches to the begin the season in singles ... Had a strong fall with a 7-2 record between three tournaments ... Had the most doubles victories as an individual in the fall with an 8-2 mark ... Began the fall campaign ranked No. 45 nationally in doubles with Anya Morgina ... Played doubles with nearly every member of the squad, but ended the year playing mainly with Morgina ... Began the spring season playing at Nos. 4 and 5 singles before moving up to the No. 3 spot in February following an injury to Dijana Stojic ... Won six of her first seven singles matches in the spring to run her record to 13-3 at the time ... Earned a dominant 6-2, 6-1 victory against Alex Leatu of Vanderbilt on March 9, a player who held the No. 1 singles spot for the Commodores for much of the 2011 season ... Her most memorable singles match of the year came at Auburn on April 1 ... Kanakova clinched South Carolina's 4-3 win against the Tigers, an emotional match that came a day after the passing of longtime coach Arlo Elkins, who had stepped aside a month earlier for health reasons ... Kanakova lost the first set to Plamena Kurteva 6-2 and trailed 4-2 in the second before breaking back to make it 5-all ... She won the second set in a tiebreaker and then claimed the third set 7-5 ... Kanakova also shined in doubles versus the Tigers, clinching the point with Adriana Pereira on court two ... Kanakova and Pereira trailed 7-3 but fought back to win in a tiebreaker 7-5 against a duo ranked No. 36 in the nation ... Recognized as an ITA Scholar Athlete for achieving a minimum 3.5 GPA for the academic year ... Also a member of the SEC Academic Honor Roll for the second year in a row.
2010-11 (FRESHMAN): A major contributor for the Gamecocks during her freshman year ... Had the second-most singles victories on the season with a 22-10 record and tied with Dijana Stojic for the most dual wins with a 15-7 slate ... Entered the spring season ranked 37th nationally in doubles with Anya Morgina ... Also ranked as high as No. 34 with Stojic during the spring ... Ended the season ranked 65th with Morgina and 84th with Stojic ... Became the first player in school history to end the season with a national doubles ranking with two different partners ... Teamed with Morgina for doubles at her first collegiate tournament, the SEC Fall Coaches Classic ... The two defeated teams from Vanderbilt, Auburn and Alabama to win their respective flight ... Posted a strong showing at the Milwaukee Tennis Classic with a 3-0 record, dropping just 10 games between her three matches ... Had an unblemished record in her flight at the Furman Fall Classic as well to earn champion honors for flight six ... Played on courts four and five during the spring ... In doubles, Kanakova played every dual match at the top position with Stojic and Morgina ... Opened the dual match campaign winning eight of her first nine matches in singles ... Scored the first of three top-15 wins in doubles during the spring when she and Stojic downed then-No. 13 Jennifer Robot and Mara Schmidt from Purdue on Feb. 12 ... Their next victim was the Alabama duo of Alexa Guarachi and Courtney McLane, who were rated seventh at the time of the March 13 match up ... Kanakova and Morgina teamed to defeat then-No. 9 Chelsey Gullickson and Kate Fuller of Georgia on April 10 to help the Gamecocks take the doubles point from the Bulldogs ... Beat the first ranked player in her singles career with a 6-2, 3-6, 6-4 win over then-No. 118 Rachael Dillon of Vanderbilt on April 1 ... Notched an important win over Laura van de Stroet from Ole Miss by scores of 6-1, 6-4 on court four in the first round of the SEC Tournament to help South Carolina record a 4-3 win over the Rebels to reach the quarterfinals ... Following a loss in doubles to Arizona in the first round of the NCAA Tournament, Kanakova began the Gamecocks' 4-2 rally win with a 6-4, 6-2 victory at No. 4 singles against Kim Stubbe ... A member of the SEC Freshmen Academic Honor Roll.
HIGH SCHOOL: Ranked as high as 185th in the world while playing on the International Tennis Federation junior circuit ... Had a career singles record of 34-31 and was 27-26 in doubles playing ITF events ... Won the singles and doubles titles for the under 14 division of Czech Republic national tournaments ... Claimed the silver medal with her team at the Czech Republic National Team Championships ... In the under 14s of the European Indoor Team Championships, Kanakova played the No. 1 singles position and helped the squad place second ... In summer 2005, her team took fourth at the European Team Championships and sixth at the World Team Championships ... Finished in third place in doubles in the European Championships in the under 14s ... Ranked fifth in the European rankings for players under 14 at the end of 2004 ... Was the national doubles champion for Czech Republic in the under 12 division.