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Yale Excels on Second Day of Bulldog Invitational

Sunday Swett. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
Sunday Swett. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

Martinelli, Swett Win Three-Set Matches as Yale Goes 7-4 Overall

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – After a strong first day hosting the Bulldog Invitational, the Yale women's tennis team continued its success on Saturday, winning seven of eleven matches against opponents from Cornell and Dartmouth. Five Yale players claimed singles victories on the day, with first-year Samantha Martinelli and senior Sunday Swett doing so in three sets. Opala Dhingra and Elizabeth Zordani were also standout performers for Yale, winning matches in both singles and doubles. 

In doubles, the Bulldogs experimented with several new combinations that were not seen on the previous day. At No. 3 doubles, Yale's Amy Yang and Zordani teamed up for the first time this season, earning a 7-5 victory over Cornell's Ananya Dua and Michelle Wang. First-year Mimi Levine and Swett were also a new team at No. 2 doubles; although they did well to stay on serve throughout the match, their opponents managed to escape with a 6-4 victory. Although not a new pairing, Yale's Dhingra and Sonal Shrivastava played together for the second straight day and notched a convincing 6-1 victory over Dartmouth's Shannon Mukerji and Chuyang Guan.

The Bulldogs were even sharper in singles, with seniors Valerie Shklover and Zordani cruising to straight-set victories at No. 4 and No. 5 singles, respectively. Dhingra also won in straight sets at the No. 6 position, taking a crucial first-set tiebreak in a 7-6(4), 6-2 victory over Cornell's Michelle Wang. 

The remaining singles matches were more competitive, with three matches reaching third sets. At No. 1 singles, Martinelli won her second straight three-set match, fighting off a comeback from Cornell's Priyanka Shah to win 6-4, 3-6, 6-2. Considering Shah's success as one of Cornell's strongest singles players last season, this result showed that Martinelli has the ability to compete against the best in the Ivy League. Fellow first-year player Mimi Levine also showed this ability on Saturday, nearly completing an impressive comeback against Cornell's No. 2 player Mariko Iinuma in a 6-4, 2-6, 6-4 loss. The final three-set match of the day took place between Swett and Dartmouth's Mukerji at No. 7 singles, with the Bulldog surging back from a set deficit to win 4-6, 7-5, 6-1.

After an impressive first two days at the Bulldog Invitational, the Elis will look to finish strong tomorrow against Boston College. The match is set to kick off at noon at Yale's home courts.

Report by Cameron Ferguson '18, Yale Sports Publicity
 

FULL MATCH RESULTS – Yale (7) vs. Cornell (4) and Dartmouth (0)

Singles

  1. Martinelli v Shah 6-4, 3-6, 6-2
  2. Levine v Iinuma 4-6, 6-2, 4-6
  3. Yang v Dua 5-7, 2-6
  4. Shklover v Lilianthal 6-2, 6-2
  5. Zordani v Stevens 6-0, 6-3
  6. Dhingra v Wang 7-6 (4), 6-2
  7. Swett v Mukerji (Dartmouth) 4-6, 7-5, 6-1

Doubles

  1. Martinelli/Shklover v Shah/Iinuma 3-6
  2. Levine/Swett v Stevens/Lilienthal 4-6
  3. Yang/Zordani v Dua/Wang 7-5
  4. Dhingra/Shrivastava v Mukerji/Guan (Dartmouth) 6-1