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Sol Eskenazi (right) took Flight A singles, with Sonya Latycheva (left) runner-up.

Courtesy: University of Pennsylvania
Cissie Leary Wraps Up at Hamlin Courts
Courtesy: Jen Wong, athletic communications  
Release:  09/22/2013

PHILADELPHIA – Normally doubles partners, University of Pennsylvania junior Sol Eskenazi and sophomore Sonya Latycheva were supposed to play each other in the Flight A singles final Sunday at the Cissie Leary Invitational. However, Eskenazi won the title by default since Latycheva was unable to continue after suffering an injury in her semifinal victory.

Eskenazi is the first Quaker to win the Cissie Leary Invitational singles title since Connie Hsu in 2010. Eskenazi had previously won the doubles title as a freshman with partner Jaime Yapp-Shing in 2011.

It was an easy road to the final for Eskenazi, who did not drop a set and only lost 14 games the entire tournament. She already had to play one of her teammates, freshman Luba Vazhenina, in the quarterfinals on Saturday. Sunday's semifinal round featured tricky wind conditions, but Eskenazi remained focused and got up an early break in each set against Maryland's Kristina Hovsepyan and never looked back, triumphing 6-4, 6-4.

Meanwhile, Latycheva had an intense battle with Princeton’s Sivan Krems in her own semifinal match that lasted about three hours. The wind wreaked havoc all day and Latycheva was able to force a tiebreaker in the first set, but she ended up dropping it 7-6(6). She didn’t let that faze her, though, and stormed back in the second set, getting the break in the first game and going on to win 6-4. It was on serve in the deciding third set until Latycheva managed to break Krems at 6-5 to take the match, 6-7(6), 6-4, 7-5.

In doubles, the Red and Blue had three pairings reach the quarterfinals on Saturday. The tandem of freshman Kana Daniel and senior Jaime Yapp-Shing won all of their previous matches 8-1, but were defeated in a close 8-5 match to the eventual doubles champions from Columbia, Bianca Sanon and Kanika Vaidya. Penn’s No. 1 doubles team, Eskenazi and Latycheva, were trying to make it 2-for-2 in both the singles and doubles semifinals, but it was not meant to be as the duo fell, 8-5, to the runner-ups from Cornell, Alex D’Ascenzo and Dena Tanenbaum.

Eskenazi and Latycheva will participate in the 2013 Rivera/ITA All-American Doubles Championship in Pacific Palisades, Calif. next weekend; the duo is the No. 36 ranked team in the nation. Eskenazi will also take part in the singles championship.

Full match details of all Penn players for the Cissie Leary Invitational are listed below.

Singles

Flight A

Sol Eskenazi (4-0)
1st Round: Bye
2nd Round: Won vs. Abadias (Richmond), 6-1, 6-3
Round of 16: Won vs. Tanenbaum (Cornell), 6-1, 6-1
Quarterfinal: Won vs. Vazhenina (Penn), 6-0, 6-0
Semifinal: Won vs. Hovsepyan (Maryland), 6-4, 6-4

Sonya Latycheva (4-0)
1st Round: Bye
2nd Round: Won vs. Lai (Delaware), 6-1, 6-2
Round of 16: Won vs. Luus (Maryland), 6-0, 6-4
Quarterfinal: Won vs. Morozova (St. John’s), 6-0, 6-2
Semifinal: Won vs. Krems (Princeton), 6-7(6), 6-4, 7-5

Luba Vazhenina (3-1)
1st Round: Won vs. Asokaraj (Rhode Island), 6-2,6-2
2nd Round: Won vs. Sandor (Penn State), 6-3, 6-1
Round of 16: Won vs. Mafa (Drexel), 6-1, 6-1
Quarterfinal: Lost vs. Eskenazi (Penn), 6-0, 6-0

Kana Daniel (1-1)
1st Round: Bye
2nd Round: Won vs. Stanova (Maryland), 6-0, 6-1
Round of 16: Lost vs. Krems (Princeton), 6-2, 0-6, 10-8

Jaime Yapp-Shing (1-1)
1st Round: Won vs. Naumova (Delaware), 6-3, 6-1
2nd Round: Lost vs. Hovsepyan (Maryland), 6-3, 6-4
Consolation: Did not play

Flight B

Alex Ion (1-1)
1st Round: Bye
2nd Round: Won vs. Uy (Rhode Island), 6-4, 2-6, 10-1
Round of 16: Lost vs. Winingham (Bowdoin), 6-3, 7-6(1)

Brigitte Desnoes (2-1)
1st Round: Won vs. Rucks (Rhode Island), 6-1, 6-0
2nd Round: Won vs. Milla (Delaware), 6-1, 6-1
Round of 16: vs. Lost vs. O.Bredikhina (Maryland), 6-3, 6-2

Srinidhi Raghavan (3-2)
1st Round: Won vs. Harrington (Delaware), 7-6(1), 6-0
2nd Round: Lost vs. Pavlyuk (St. John’s), 6-1, 6-1
Consolation: Won vs. Winkler (Drexel), 7-5, 6-4
Consolation: Won vs. Gaudreault (Maryland), 6-3, 1-6, 11-9
Consolation: Lost vs. Whiteaway (Penn State), 2-6, 6-3, 10-7

Stephanie Do (0-1)
1st Round: Bye
2nd Round: Lost vs. N. Bredikhina (Maryland), 6-1, 6-2
Consolation: Did not play

Doubles

Kana Daniel/Jaime Yapp-Shing (3-1)
1st Round: Won vs. Heim/Milla (Delaware), 8-1
2nd Round: Won vs. Kandinata/Salas (Richmond), 8-1
Round of 16: Won vs. Pivonka/Rosales (Drexel), 8-1
Quarterfinal: Lost vs. Sanon/Vaidya (Columbia), 8-5

Stephanie Do/Luba Vazhenina (2-1)
1st Round: Bye
2nd Round: Won vs. Lamachia/Sims (Richmond), 8-4
Round of 16: Won vs. O. Bredikhina/N. Bredikhina (Maryland), 9-8(6)
Quarterfinal: Lost vs. Krems (Princeton)/Whiteaway (Penn State), 8-2

Sol Eskenazi/Sonya Latycheva (2-1)
1st Round: Bye
2nd Round: Won vs. Lewis/Silitch (Bowdoin), 8-2
Round of 16: Won vs. Gaistruk/Gaudreault (Maryland), 8-0
Quarterfinal: Lost vs. D’Ascenzo/Tananbaum (Cornell), 8-5

Alex Ion/Srinidhi Raghavan (0-2)
1st Round: Lost vs. Abadias/Boys (Richmond), 8-5
Consolation: Lost vs. Asokaraj/Holden (Rhode Island), 8-3

Brigitte Desnoes/Nataliya Naumova(Delaware) (1-1)
1st Round: Won vs. Doms/Nussaume (Temple), 8-5
2nd Round: Lost vs. Pivonka/Rosales (Drexel), 8-6
Consolation: Did not play



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