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Alex Ion

Courtesy: Hunter Martin
Penn Sends Two into Semifinals
Courtesy: Jen Wong, athletic communications  
Release:  09/22/2012

All Updated Draws Through Day 2 (PDF)

PHILADELPHIA - It is an all-Ivy semifinal field in the singles brackets of the Cissie Leary Invitational. Yale leads the way with three players, Penn and Cornell each have two, and Columbia has one. Junior Stephanie Do faces Annie Sullivan from Yale in the Flight A draw and sophomore Alex Ion will play Cornell's Lauren Frazier in the Flight B draw. All matches will begin at 9:15 on Sunday morning.

The day started off great for the Quakers when Do defeated Tiana Takenaga from Columbia, 6-2, 6-4, in the Round of 16. Do next met another Columbia player, Bianca Sanon, in the quarterfinals. The pair has matched up twice every year in each of the past two years, and has a 2-2 head-to-head record against each other. In their last encounter, Sanon bested Do 6-1, 6-3 in a dual meet, but Do was the one who came out triumphant today. After dropping the first set 6-1, Do stormed back to take the second set, 6-2. The 10-point match tiebreak was tight, but Do prevailed in the end, 10-7.

Ion had a tougher time in her Round of 16 match versus Carmen Lai from Delaware. After losing the first set 6-3, she fought back to claim the second set, 7-5, to force a third set supertiebreaker, which she won 10-3. Ion advanced to the semifinal match when her quarterfinals opponent from Akron retired after Ion took the first set, 6-4.

Fellow sophomore Sol Eskenazi also will still play on Sunday; she is still alive in the consolation singles bracket. After falling in the second round of the main draw on Friday, Eskenazi was victorious in her two consolation singles matches Saturday, winning them both easily in straight sets. She will take on Janet Liu from Dartmouth tomorrow in the consolation quarterfinals.

In the only doubles main draw match the Quakers had on Saturday, junior Stephanie Do and partner sophomore Srinidhi Raghavan lost in a close 8-6 match to the duo of Lauren Frazier and Sarah O'Neil from Cornell. One Penn doubles team was successful today, however. Last year's No. 1 tandem of Eskenazi and senior Jules Rodin breezed through the doubles consolation rounds, beating their opponents from Delaware and Bowdoin, 8-4 and 8-2, respectively. They will also be in action on Sunday and will face the team from Richmond, Anna Abadias and Elizabeth Sims.

Full match details for all Penn players through Saturday are listed below.

Singles

Flight A

Stephanie Do: (3-0)
1st Round: Bye
2nd Round: Won vs. Kellen Alberstone (Bowdoin), 6-1, 6-2
Round of 16: Won, Tiana Takenaga (Columbia), 6-2, 6-4
Quarterfinals: Won, vs. Bianca Sanon (Columbia), 1-6, 6-2, 10-7
Semifinals: vs. Annie Sullivan (Yale)

Jaime Yapp-Shing: (0-1)
1st Round: Bye
2nd Round: Lost vs. Annie Sullivan (Yale), 6-1, 4-0 ret.

Flight B

Alex Ion: (3-0)
1st Round: Bye
2nd Round: Won vs. Tiffany Cheng (Bowdoin), 6-0, 6-2
Round of 16: Won vs. Carmen Lai (Delaware), 3-6, 7-5, 10-3
Quarterfinals: Won vs. Ksenia Berestetska (Akron), 6-4, ret.
Semifinals: vs. Lauren Frazier (Cornell)

Jania Kasia: (1-1)

1st Round: Bye
2nd Round: Won vs. Madison Cohen (Akron), 6-1, 6-0
Round of 16: Lost vs. Mikele Irazusta (Maryland), 6-3, 6-2

Consolation

(1) Sol Eskanazi: (2-1)
1st Round: Bye
2nd Round: Lost vs. Katherine Yau (Dartmouth), 7-5, 4-6, 14-12
2nd Round Consolation: Won vs. Yana Mavrina (Temple), 6-2, 6-1
3rd Round Consolation: Won vs. Welma Luus (Maryland), 6-3, 6-2
Quarterfinals Consolation: vs. Janet Liu (Dartmouth)

Srinidhi Raghavan: (0-2)
1st Round: Bye
2nd Round: Lost vs. Amy Li (Columbia), 6-3, 5-7, 10-3
2nd Round Consolation: Lost vs. Katarina Kovacevic (Columbia), 6-2, 6-2

Emma Whitfield: (2-2)
1st Round: Won vs. Emma Brook (Drexel), 6-4, 6-3
2nd Round: Lost vs. Carmen Lai (Delaware), 6-4, 6-0
2nd Round Consolation: Won vs. Lauren Michaels (Cornell), 6-4, 6-1
3rd Round Consolation: Lost vs. Courtney Malinchak (Cornell), 6-1, 6-2

Doubles

Stephanie Do/Srinidhi Raghavan: (1-1)
1st Round: Bye
2nd Round: Won vs. Amanda Halstrom/Kendra Spencer-Cole (Delaware/St. John's), 8-1
Round of 16: Lost vs. Lauren Frazier/Sarah O'Neil (Cornell), 8-6

Consolation

(1) Sol Eskenazi/Jules Rodin: (2-1)
1st Round: Bye
2nd Round: Lost vs. Christine Ordway/Dena Tanenbaum (Cornell), 8-4
2nd Round Consolation: Won vs. Olivia Heim/Kimberly Milla (Delaware), 8-4
Consolation Quarterfinals: Won vs. Emma Chow/Chantalle Lavertu (Bowdoin), 8-2
Consolation Semifinals: vs. Elizabeth Sims/Anna Abadias (Richmond)

Emma Whitfield/Alex Ion: (0-2)
1st Round: Bye
2nd Round: Lost vs. Katarina Kovacevic/Kanika Vaidya (Columbia), 8-2
2nd Round Consolation: Lost vs. Courtney Amos/Sarah Henderson (Yale/Penn State), 8-3

Jaime Yapp-Shing/Kasia Jania: (0-2)
1st Round: Lost vs. Diamond Adams/Amber Washington (St. John's), 8-6
1st Round Consolation: Lost vs. Ksenia Berestetska/Signe Lazdina (Akron), 8-7(0)



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