Penn Sends Two into Semifinals
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.
Stephanie Do: (3-0)
Jaime Yapp-Shing: (0-1)
Alex Ion: (3-0)
Jania Kasia: (1-1)
1st Round: Bye
(1) Sol Eskanazi: (2-1)
Srinidhi Raghavan: (0-2)
Emma Whitfield: (2-2)
(1) Sol Eskenazi/Jules Rodin: (2-1)
Jaime Yapp-Shing/Kasia Jania: (0-2)