Lynch, Zordani and Yang Move on to Round of 16; Dhingra Moves on to Quarterfinals
PHILADELPHIA – The first day of the Cissie Leary Invitational saw a number of Yale victories in both doubles and singles. Two of Yale's doubles teams achieved quarterfinal finishes, while four players advanced to the next rounds in their respective singles flights.
In Doubles Flight B, senior Sherry Li and freshman Opala Dhingra overcame Columbia's Star Makarome and Andrea Kevakian 6-3 to advance to the quarterfinals where the pair was then defeated 6-1 by Delaware's Amanda Studnicki and Sarah Hall. Senior Caroline Lynch and junior Sunday Swett also advanced to the quarterfinal after a 6-3 victory against St. John's' Delia Arranza and Jaide Collins. Lynch and Swett then played a tight match against Penn's Lina Qostal and Sarah Dreyfus but were ultimately defeated 7-6(3).
In Singles Flight A, junior Elizabeth Zordani played a perfect match against William & Mary's Olivia Thaler, sweeping past her opponent 6-0, 6-0 to earn a spot in the Round of 16. Sophomore Amy Yang defeated Penn State's Katia Blik 6-4, 6-4 to join Zordani in the next round. Playing against Drexel's Clary Rodriguez in Singles Flight B, Lynch advanced to the Round of 16 after a comfortable 6-1, 6-1 victory.
As Yale's only competitor in Singles Flight C, Dhingra achieved a spot in the quarterfinal after an intense match against Drexel's Fiorella Coria. Although Dhingra took the first set 6-3, Coria came back and clinched the second after winning the tiebreak 10-8. The match then went to a super tiebreak in which Dhingra showed resilience and won 11-9 for a final score of 6-3, 6-7(8), 1-0(9).
Brackets with updated results from Friday can be found above under "Results."
Play will continue on Saturday with singles and doubles action in the main draws and back draws.
Report by Alice Yang '19, Yale Sports Publicity