September 22, 2007

Kim Advances to Semis at Cissie Leary Invitational

Sept. 22, 2007

Philadelphia, PA - No. 4 seed junior Janet Kim won two matches Saturday to advance to the Semifinals of the Cissie Leary Invitational.

In the round of sixteen, Kim cruised to a 6-3, 6-2 victory over Alexa Ely of Penn. Kim then pulled out a 3-6, 6-2, 10-5 win over Penn's Julia Koulbitskaya in the quarters. She will face off against Charlotte Tansill of Penn at 8:30 a.m. Sunday in the semifinals.

After rolling to a 6-2, 6-1 victory over Edina Horvath of Kansas to advance to the quarterfinals, freshman Lauren Ritz could not pull out a win against No. 3 seed Yulia Rivelis of Penn. Ritz fell 6-2, 6-2 in the quarterfinals match.

A day after coming up with two victories in her first two matches of the tournament, freshman Lindsay Clark fell in the round of sixteen to seeded Koulbitskaya Saturday.

Sophomore Sarah Lederhandler advanced to the semifinals of the consolation with two victories Saturday. Lederhandler pulled out a 6-7 (3), 6-2, 10-4 victory over Kunigunda Dorn of Kansas in the consolation round of sixteen. She then easily handled UMass's Pozar Boney 6-1, 6-4 in the quarterfinals. Lederhandler will meet Christine Clermont of Temple Sunday at 8:30 a.m. in the semifinals.

In the doubles consolation tournament, Kim and freshman Stevi Petrelli defeated Donovan and Makarova of Columbia 8-6 in the round of sixteen. They then received a walkover to reach the semifinals.

Kim and Petrelli will square off against teammates Ritz and Clark, who also had a successful day Saturday. Ritz and Clark crushed Murray and Shearer of Columbia 8-1 in the round of sixteen. They then defeated Chris and John of Cornell 8-3.

Report filed by Steven Horn '10, Yale Sports Publicity

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