Cissie Leary Invitational Concluded on Sunday
PHILADELPHIA - The 16th annual Cissie Leary Invitational wrapped up on a brisk fall day on Sunday. Although things did not turn out how Penn wanted them to in the main draw semifinals, sophomore Sol Eskenazi was successful in the consolation brackets.
Sunday morning started with junior Stephanie Do and sophomore Alex Ion both on court for their semifinals matches. Playing in the Flight B semifinals versus Lauren Frazier of Cornell, Ion dropped the first set 6-4. It was on serve early in the second set until Frazier broke Ion at 3-2 and did not look back from there, winning 6-4, 6-2 to advance to the finals.
In the Flight A semifinals, Do was quickly down 0-3 in the first set to Yale's Annie Sullivan. Sullivan was serving for the set at 5-1, but Do broke her serve and won the following game to push it to 5-3. After a long service game, Sullivan held to take the first set 6-3. In the second set, Do was broken in the first game and was not able to recover, falling 6-3, 6-1.
Meanwhile in the consolation brackets, Eskenazi easily took care of her Dartmouth opponent, Janet Liu, 6-2, 6-3. Eskenazi was supposed to play another Dartmouth player, Akiko Okuda, but she defaulted instead to focus on her main draw doubles semifinals match. With the walkover, Eskenazi is essentially the Flight A consolation winner.
Eskenazi was also still alive in the doubles consolation with partner senior Jules Rodin. They played their semifinals match today against Anna Abadias and Elizabeth Sims from Richmond. The Richmond duo were serving for the match at 7-3, but Eskenazi and Rodin broke and held the following game to make it 7-5. Richmond then served for the match again and Abadias and Sims finally converted on the sixth match point to take the match, 8-5.
Penn will have next weekend off and will be back in action at the William & Mary Invitational the following weekend. Eskenazi will participate in the qualifiers for the ITA All-American Singles Championships at the Riviera Tennis Club in Pacific Palisades, California starting on Oct. 2nd. Rodin will join her there for the ITA All-American Doubles Championships and will play their first match in the main draw on Oct. 4th. They are one of 24 doubles pairings across the nation to be entered into the main draw.
Full match details for all Penn players are listed below.
Stephanie Do: (3-1)
Jaime Yapp-Shing: (0-1)
Alex Ion: (3-1)
Jania Kasia: (1-1)
(1) Sol Eskanazi: (3-1)
Srinidhi Raghavan: (0-2)
Emma Whitfield: (2-2)
(1) Sol Eskenazi/Jules Rodin: (2-2)
Jaime Yapp-Shing/Kasia Jania: (0-2)