Andrienko and Doehler Win Doubles Draw A; Three Bulldogs Advance in Singles
NEW HAVEN, Conn. – After a strong first day hosting the Connecticut State Championships, the Yale men's tennis headed into Saturday's action with high hopes. Still, the Bulldogs managed to exceed expectations by notching a number of impressive victories in both singles and doubles. Senior duo Fedor Andrienko and Stefan Doehler stole the day's headlines by claiming the championship in doubles, while three players won to advance in their respective singles draws.
Starting the day with doubles play, the Elis were positioned for success, with two Yale teams playing semifinal matches in the top and bottom half of draw A. In the top half, Yale's Dylan King and Ziqi Wang edged St. John's Alan Nunez Aguilera and Igor Maslov 6-4, marking their fifth win in their last seven matches together. In the bottom half, Andrienko and Doehler cruised to their first victory of the day, a 6-2 performance Marist's Gianlucca Massa and Justin Chanthalangsy. In the resulting all-Yale matchup in the finals, both teams fought hard and eventually reached a 5-5 deadlock; Andrienko and Doehler managed to pull away, however, holding serve and clinching the title with a 7-5 win. The senior pairing's dominant showing at the Connecticut Championships improved their record on the season to 10-3 and strengthened their case to start at the No. 1 doubles spot this spring.
Following their outstanding performance in doubles, the Bulldogs headed into singles play with significant momentum. Ziqi Wang started things off well by posting a dominant 6-2, 6-0 victory over St. John's Dusan Vukicevic. This result allowed him to advance to the finals of singles draw 1B, where he will face Yale teammate Doehler, who notched a win of his own on Saturday in three sets over St. John's Luka Sucevic. Yale's Dennis Wang was also victorious in three sets, as the junior held on to win 7-6, 4-6, 1-0 over Marist's Chanthalangsy; he will face St. John's Ognjen Trejgut in the finals of singles draw 2A tomorrow.
With three Yale players still alive in singles, the tournament's final day will feature some exciting tennis. Updated draws for the Connecticut State Championships are available here.
Report by Cameron Ferguson '18, Yale Sports Publicity