Heller, King, Z. Wang Advance to Third Round in Singles; King and Wang Win in Doubles
NEW HAVEN, Conn. – After an impressive first two days at the ITA Northeast Regionals, members of the Yale men's tennis team continued main draw singles and doubles action on Friday. The Bulldogs played exceptional tennis in front of the home crowd, with three players – Andrew Heller, Dylan King and Ziqi Wang – winning their singles matches to advance to the third round of the main draw. King and Wang also claimed a narrow victory together to survive in the doubles main draw.
Friday's action began with doubles, and both Yale teams found themselves in tightly contested matches. After winning their first-round match on the previous day, seniors Fedor Andrienko and Stefan Doehler faced Harvard's Andy Zhou and Jean Thirouin; after the two teams traded service games back and forth to force a tiebreak, the Crimson side ultimately took the match 8-7. Despite Friday's setback, Andrienko and Doehler have achieved success so far this season, posting a 6-3 overall record together. Yale's King and Wang played an equally close match, but prevailed 8-7 over Alex Roszkowski and Alan Nunez Aguilera.
After a challenging round of doubles, five Yale players competed in main draw singles, while Andrienko and Dennis Wang played in consolation singles. Yale senior Ziqi Wang was among the first to finish, downing Marist star Rudy Kurz in a comprehensive 6-3, 6-2 victory; King won his match by a similar margin, beating Penn's Dmitry Shatalin 6-3, 6-3. Dennis Wang also secured a convincing win by the same score against Quinnipiac's Kyle Alper. After first-year player Alan Sou and junior Nathan Brown both fell in straight sets, both Doehler and Heller found themselves in three-set matches. While Doehler came up just short in a 7-5 third set to Princeton's Kial Kaiser, Heller held on to win 6-3, 3-6, 6-3 against Princeton's Jimmy Wasserman and finish Friday on a high note for the Bulldogs.
The Elis have fared well so far in one of the most competitive tournaments of the year, and tomorrow will feature another set of challenging opponents. Updated draws for the ITA Northeast Regionals are available here.
Report by Cameron Ferguson '18, Yale Sports Publicity