PHILADELPHIA, Penn. – Saturday, the Yale women's tennis team won eight of nine matches in singles and went 5-1 in doubles to keep the possibility of an All-Yale finals in both singles and doubles alive.
Playing in the A Flight, sophomore Hanna Yu, matched up against Delaware's Danea Jonjic in the round of sixteen, won 6-2, 6-3. In the quarterfinals, she knocked off Katherine Yau of Dartmouth 6-3, 6-3. The victory vaulted Yu to a semifinal showdown with Kanika Vaidya of Columbia.
Junior Annie Sullivan, matched up with St. John's Nevena Selakovic in the round of sixteen, pulled out a tough 5-7, 6-3, 10-3. In the quarterfinal, Sullivan won another tough match, this time against Ryann Young of Cornell. Sullivan won the first set 6-2, but dropped the second 7-5. However, she would prevail 10-4 in the tiebreak to advance to a semifinal matchup with Stephanie Do, a Penn athlete. Should both Sullivan and Yu win their first matches Sunday, they would meet in the finals.
Amber Li, a sophomore, fell 6-1, 6-2 in her match against Bianca Sanon of Columbia.
In the B Flight, freshman Courtney Amos staved off the end of her weekend with a 6-2, 6-0 win against Delaware's Amanda Halstrom. In the quarterfinal, Amos emerged victorious once again with a 6-4, 6-1 win over Maryland's Mikele Irazusta, pushing Amos into a semifinals matchup with Cornell's Laila Judeh Sunday.
Playing in the second-round consolation bracket, senior Sarah Guzick advanced to the quarterfinal round after Akron's Madison Cohen withdrew due to injury. In that quarterfinal round, Guzick won an easy 6-2, 6-1 victory over Delaware's Kimberly Milla. Guzick will play in the semifinal round against Richmond's Katya Salas Sunday.
In doubles, the upperclassman pairing of Sullivan and Guzick won 8-2 against Columbia's Katarina Kovacevic and Vaidya in the quarterfinal round, then knocked off Cornell's Lauren Frazier and Sarah O'Neil 8-5 to advance to the semifinals, where Katherine Yau and Akiko Okuda, a Dartmouth pairing, await them.
Li and Yu, playing together against Drexel's Zeynep Mafa and Marcela Rosales, escaped with an 8-7 (4) win, then easily dismantled Diamond Adams and Amber Washington 8-2 to advance to the semifinals.
Playing in the consolation bracket, Amos, playing with Penn State's Sarah Henderson, won her first match 8-3 against Alex Ion and Emma Whitfield of Penn before falling 9-7 at the hands of Elizabeth Sims and Anna Abadias of Richmond.
Report by Calvin Bohn '14, Yale Sports Publicity