Two Bulldogs Win Back-to-Back Singles Matches to Advance to Quarterfinals of
NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Three members of the Yale men's tennis team competed in doubles and singles at the Yale-hosted ITA Northeast Regionals on Saturday. On a day when the Elis impressed the home crowd with their level of play, sophomore Andrew Heller and senior Ziqi Wang stood out by winning two singles matches apiece and advancing to the quarterfinals of the main draw.
Saturday's action began with doubles, with the only Yale pairing still in the tournament – Dylan King and Wang – taking on Columbia's Jack Lin and William Matheson in the round of 16. Although the Yale duo did well to stay on serve with the opposing team, Lin and Matheson ultimately pulled away in a tiebreak to win 8-7. Despite Saturday's loss, King and Wang have played well together so far this season, going 4-3 in several of the year's most competitive tournaments.
After a challenging round of doubles, the Bulldogs bounced back right away in singles. In the round of 32, Yale's Wang got the better of Columbia's Jason Lui in a 7-6, 6-1 victory; Heller also won his match against Penn's Kyle Mautner by a similar margin (7-5, 6-1). Considering Mautner's success as Penn's No. 1 singles player over the past two years, this result represents one of Heller's most impressive wins to date.
In the round of 16, Heller continued his tremendous form with a 6-3, 6-4 win over Dartmouth's Dan Martin, improving his singles record on the season to 9-3. Wang also won his round of 16 match in straight sets, downing Cornell's Joseph McAllister 6-3, 6-2. Like Heller, Wang has started the season well, notching a winning record (6-5) against elite competition.
Given Heller and Wang's performance over the past few days, this year's ITA Northeast Regional tournament has been one of the most successful in recent memory. Main draw singles action will continue tomorrow afternoon at 2:00 p.m. on Yale's home courts. Updated draws are available here.
Report by Cameron Ferguson '18, Yale Sports Publicity