Jan. 27, 2005
Anastasia Zhukova, Iowa
SO, Moscow, Russia/Moscow State High School #1132
Zhukova earns her first career Big Ten Athlete of the Week honor after dominating the competition last weekend at the Hawkeye Invitational. In the first meet against Iowa State, Zhukova, along with teammate Hilary Tyler, won No. 3 doubles against Chrissy Derouin and Charlotte Ljungkrantz. Zhukova went on to play her first singles match at the No. 1 position, decisively defeating Danielle Uscinski, 6-3, 6-1. Two days later, Zhukova continued her streak against Northern Illinois. At No. 2 doubles, she teamed with newcomer Jacqueline Lee to defeat Cassi Drake and Daniela Martinez, 8-2. At No. 4 singles, Zhukova was the first to finish her match, quickly ousting Martinez, 6-2, 6-0.
This is Zhukova's first career Athlete of the Week selection. She is the first Iowa women's tennis player to win the award since Meg Racette on April 7, 2004.