Bulldogs Eliminated from Main Draws; Dhingra Achieves Semifinal Finish
PHILADELPHIA – After a strong first day at the Cissie Leary Invitational, the Yale Women's tennis team faced intense competition on the second day of play. While the Bulldogs showed grit against some of the top-ranked players of the tournament, none were able to continue to the next rounds. Still, freshman Opala Dhingra managed a semifinal finish in her flight.
To advance to the semifinal of Singles Flight C, Dhingra fought through a match that went to a super tiebreak against Cornell's Allegra Hanlon. While Dhingra dismantled Hanlon 6-0 in the first set, Hanlon pushed the match to a super tiebreak after winning the second set. Dhingra kept her cool, however, and won the match 6-0, 6-7 (4), 10-6. In her next match against St. John's University's Jaide Collins, Dhingra began to feel the exhaustion of having played two matches that went to super tiebreaks. Meanwhile, Collins had the comfort of winning her previous matches in straight sets. Equipped with less energy than her counterpart, Opala ended her run with a semifinal finish after a 6-1, 6-1 defeat by Collins.
In Singles Flight A, junior Elizabeth Zordani was defeated 6-2, 6-4 by Maryland's Katsiarina Yemelyanenka. Facing Cornell's Marika Cusick, the No. 7 ranked player of the flight, sophomore Amy Yang came close to overcoming her opponent but was ultimately defeated 7-6(3), 7-5. In Singles Flight B, senior Caroline Lynch also faced tough competition and played against Penn State's Sammi Smith, ranked No. 6 in the flight. Although Lynch almost pushed the set to a super tiebreak, Smith pulled through to a 6-2, 7-6 victory.
After her 6-4, 6-4 defeat of Drexel's Ghita Benhadi in the Singles Flight A Feed-in (Win then Loss), Yang will hope to achieve a few consolation victories on the final day of the tournament. Senior Sherry Li will look to continue her success in the Singles Flight A Consolation (Loss then Win). Li cruised to a 6-2, 6-4 victory over Penn State's Jackie Zuhse before fighting to a 5-7, 7-6(5), 10-8 win against Cornell's Mariko Linuma. In the Doubles A Consolation, Zordani and Yang will look forward to the next day's play after their comfortable 6-2 win over Temple's Mariana Bedon and Anais Nussaume.
Brackets with updated results from Saturday can be found above under "Results."
The Bulldogs will return to the courts on Sunday at 9 a.m. for the final day of the Cissie Leary Invitational.
Report by Alice Yang '19, Yale Sports Publicity