Yale Finishes Day Two of USTA Invitational With Three Players Still In the Running For Winning Their Draws

Amber Li. (photo by Rick Limpert)
Amber Li. (photo by Rick Limpert)

NEW YORK – Sunday, the Bulldogs finished the day with a 9-3 record in singles and a 2-1 mark in doubles.

In singles, freshman Amber Li, sophomore Annie Sullivan, and senior captain Steph Kent all remained undefeated in their draws.  Playing in the third draw, Li defeated Northern Texas' Paula Dinuta in three sets in the quarterfinals, and then knocked off Princeton's Katherine Flanigan in straight sets in the semifinals.  Tomorrow she will challenge Boston College's Jess Wasnik in the finals.  In the fourth draw, Sullivan knocked off Stef Balasa of Rutgers 6-3; 6-0 to advance to the semifinals, where she will play Brown's Sarah Kandath.  Playing on the opposite side of the draw, Kent knocked off Princeton's Katie Goepel 6-3; 6-4 to get the opportunity to play Dartmouth's Theresa Smith in the semifinals. 

In the first draw, senior Vicky Brook bounced back from a first-round loss to win both of her matches in the consolation bracket to advance to the finals against Harvard's Hannah Morrill.  When Yale took on Harvard last spring, Morrill played in the fifth spot and lost her match to Annie Sullivan in three sets. 

In the second draw, freshman Hanna Yu lost an extremely close match 7-6 (7); 5-7; 10-7, but bounced back to tip Charleston Southern's Marrija Dzakovic 6-0; 6-3 in the consolation bracket.  Also in the second draw, sophomore Blair Seideman won her first match in the consolation bracket without dropping a single game, then topped Nevena Selekovic of Saint Johns 7-6 (3); 6-0 to advance to the consolation finals. Seideman finished the weekend at 2-1, while Yu ended with a 1-2 record.

In the eighth draw, junior Sarah Guzick was unable to pull out her first match after winning Saturday, falling to Rutgers' Michelle Green.  In the consolation bracket, she dropped her match 6-2; 6-4 to finish at 1-2 in the weekend.

In doubles, Brook and Yu, playing in the first draw, won 8-3 against a Cornell squad of Sarah O'Neil and Christina Ordway to advance to the finals of the North Consolation Draw.  In the second draw, Li and Sullivan lost in the semifinals to Katie Goepel and Rachel Saiontz of Princeton, and the pair of Kent and Seideman won their consolation match 8-5 to advance to the consolation finals, where they will take on Missy Edelblum and Jillian Santos of Binghamton. 

Play will finish tomorrow, and fans can follow along here.

Report by Calvin Bohn '14, Yale Sports Publicity