Day 1 of the Cissie Leary Invitational Wraps Up
PHILADELPHIA - After a full day of play on Friday, three Quakers are still alive in the main singles draw plus one doubles team in the main doubles draw. The Round of 16 singles matches will get underway starting at 8 a.m. on Saturday morning.
Penn entered four doubles teams into the draw, but only one pair was able to pick up a win for the Red and Blue. Junior Stephanie Do and sophomore Srinidhi Raghavan were a last-minute pairing as Sonya Latycheva had to pull out with a foot precaution. Do/Raghavan had history playing together last year going 2-2 in the fall and was victorious this time around, defeating Halstrom/Spencer-Cole from Delaware/St.John's, 8-1, in the second round. They will face Cornell's No. 1 tandem of Lauren Frazier and Sarah O'Neil in the Round of 16.
Penn's No.1 doubles pairing from last year, sophomore Sol Eskenazi and senior Jules Rodin, were seeded No. 1 in this year's Cissie Leary Invitational. The duo went 10-4 at the No. 1 spot last spring, but was not as fortunate on Friday. After receiving a first round bye, they fell in the second round to the Cornell pair of Christine Ordway and Dena Tanenbaum, 8-4. Eskenazi and Rodin will get another chance in the doubles consolation rounds on Saturday.
In singles action, senior Emma Whitfield was the first to gain a win for Penn, taking down Emma Brook from Drexel, 6-4, 6-3, in the first round of the Flight B draw. Whitfield could not carry the momentum into her second round match, however, falling 6-4, 6-0 to Carmen Lai from Delaware. Next, Lai will actually face Penn's Alex Ion in the Round of 16 on Saturday. Ion received a first round bye and defeated her second round opponent from Bowdoin, 6-0, 6-2. She is one of three Quakers still competing in the main draw of singles.
One of those other players is Do, who is the only Quaker remaining in the main draw of both the singles and doubles. In Flight A singles, Do got a bye in the first round and took care of her second round opponent, winning 6-1, 6-2. On Saturday, she will play against Tiana Takenaga of Columbia.
The last Penn player still alive in the singles main draw is freshman Kasia Jania. She also received a first round bye in the Flight B draw and made quick work of her opponent from Akron in the second round dropping only one game, 6-1, 6-0. Jania will take on Mikele Irazusta from Maryland in the Round of 16 tomorrow.
The other Quakers competing in singles action lost in the second round and will get a chance to participate in consolation draws on Saturday. This includes Eskenazi, who also was seeded No. 1 in the Flight A singles bracket, and unfortunately lost in a tough three set battle to Dartmouth's Katherine Yau. After dropping the first set, 7-5, Eskenazi came back to take the second set, 6-4. The 10-point match tiebreak reflected the close match between the two players throughout the first two sets, with Yau eventually prevailing 14-12.
Full match details for all Penn players are listed below.
1st Round: Bye
Jaime Yapp-Shing/Kasia Jania: (0-1)
(1) Sol Eskanazi: (0-1)
Stephanie Do: (1-0)
Jaime Yapp-Shing: (0-1)
Sonya Latycheva: Did not play (injury)
Emma Whitfield: (1-1)
Jania Kasia: (1-0)
Alex Ion: (1-0)
Srinidhi Raghavan: (0-1)
Jules Rodin: Did not play