Okhremchuk Sets Nevada Record with 84th Career Singles Win

By: Ben Ross - Email
By: Ben Ross - Email

For the last 23 years, Tracy King has held the record for the most singles victories in Nevada tennis history. As of yesterday, there's a new record-holder, Michelle Okhremchuk.

"When I had match point, I was like 'okay, this is it, this is it, one more,!'" Okhremchuk said. "And when I won, I heard clapping and everyone was so excited. I was like 'wow, this is a very big match for me.'"

"I feel honored for this accomplishment because it takes a lot of hard work," said Wolf Pack head coach Guillaume Tonelli. "She has been working in the weight room, on the track, on the court, just all the time."

Okhremchuk arrived in Reno from her native Ukraine at the age of 17. It was the first time she ever set foot in the United States.

"It was much getting used to it and it was very different than what I was expecting," said Okhremchuk. "It's very different from where I used to play because playing professional tournaments is more individual. When you come here, it's more about the team, more about helping your teammates... I enjoyed all four years here."

Okhremchuk will graduate from Nevada next may, at which point she plans to give it a shot on the professional tour.

"I'm probably going to train and try to go travel for professional tournaments, and we'll see how I do," she said. "If I do good, I'll try more, and if it just doesn't work I'm probably thinking about grad school, so we'll see how it works."

"It's a tough world, but she definitely has a big future, and it's going to be in her hands," said Tonelli.


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