MANHATTAN, Kan. – K-State head tennis coach Jordan Smith announced the addition of international transfer Lilla Barzó to the Wildcat tennis roster for the upcoming season.
“We are extremely excited to have a player of Lilla’s caliber join our program,” said Smith, entering his second season at the helm of the Wildcats. “She has proven success on the tennis court on the junior circuit in addition to achieving a high professional ranking. Lilla will fit in well with our team and culture as we continue to push our program up the Big 12 and national ranks.”
A native of Szeged, Hungary, Barzó comes to K-State after spending three seasons (2013-15) on the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) and International Tennis Federations (ITF) World Tours. Barzó claimed three singles titles while on the ITF Tour and peaked as the world’s No. 435-ranked player in 2015.
In her professional career, Barzó turned in a career singles record of 61-30 and took home her first ITF individual title in Pereira, Colombia, in 2014. Additionally, she picked up singles tournament victories in Antananarivo, Madagascar and Tampere, Finland along with two runner-up finishes during the 2015 season.
Barzó reached as high as the world’s No. 704 doubles player with two final round appearances on the ITF Tour – 2014 in Vinkovci, Croatia and 2015 in Pula, Italy.
Following her retirement from professional tennis, Barzó studied at the University of Szeged in Hungary.
K-State ended the 2019 season 13-11 (2-7 Big 12) and reached the quarterfinal round of the Big 12 Championship. The Cats achieved a season-high ranking of No. 33 during the spring season and spent six consecutive weeks in the ITA rankings.
Source: Kansas State Sports