Brown, Doehler, Sou Win in Straight Sets to Stay Alive in Main Draw
NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Members of the Yale men's tennis team competed in the opening round of the main draw at the Yale-hosted ITA Northeast Regionals on Thursday. The Elis represented themselves well at home in both singles and doubles, with three players – Nathan Brown, Stefan Doehler and Alan Sou – advancing in singles, and two players (Fedor Andrienko and Doehler) advancing in doubles.
Starting with doubles on Thursday morning, the Bulldogs surged to a strong start through Andrienko and Doehler, who cruised to an 8-3 victory over Quinnipiac's Julian Rozenstein and Freddie Zaretsky. This result extended an impressive early run in the season for Yale's senior duo, who have won six of their last seven matches together. With Yale's Dylan King and Ziqi Wang sitting out with first-round byes in doubles, Brown and sophomore Andrew Heller were the only other Yale team to compete on Thursday. Although the two Bulldogs fought well in a close tiebreak, they ultimately fell 8-7 to Cornell's Daniel Grunberger and Evan Bynoe.
The Elis also started well in singles, with Doehler finishing quickly in a 6-3, 6-2 win over St. John's Dusan Vukicevic. Yale first-year Sou won in straight sets as well, topping Siena's Sagar Bains 6-3, 6-3 and extending his current win streak in singles to six matches. Yale's Nathan Brown, who (along with Sou) advanced from the qualifying draw on Wednesday, also found success on Thursday; although the Bulldog faced some resistance in the second set, his 6-2, 7-5 victory over Lehigh's Juan Martin-Dyer turned many heads in the home crowd.
One of the closest matches of the day came between Yale's Fedor Andrienko and Dartmouth's Peter Conklin. After losing the first set 6-0, Andrienko mounted a comeback by taking the second in a tiebreak; his opponent pulled away in the final set, however, to win 6-0, 6-7, 6-2.
After a busy day of main draw action on Thursday, Friday promises to feature even more high-quality tennis – the Bulldogs are scheduled to play at least five singles matches and two doubles matches. Main draw doubles action will start the day tomorrow, and singles matches will follow shortly thereafter. Full draws are available here.
Report by Cameron Ferguson '18, Yale Sports Publicity