Doubles Consolation Final Draw
Doubles Championship Final Draw
FLUSHING , N.Y. – The
Penn’s women’s tennis duo of sophomore Sol Eskenazi and freshman Sonya
Latycheva (10-2) had a good showing this past weekend at the USTA/ITA National
Indoor Intercollegiate Championships at the Billie Jean King National Tennis
Center in Flushing, N.Y. The pair advanced to the consolation draw semifinal
round, where they lost a very close match to eventual consolation champions Maci
Epstein and Erin Vierra of Virginia, 8-6.
“It was a very close one,” said assistant coach Filip
Kricka, who traveled with the pair to the ITAs. “The last two games were very
close and could have easily gone our way. It was a good match with a high level
of play from start to end.”
The match against the Cavaliers was back and forth, as the
two teams exchanged games until it was knotted at 6-6. That was when Virginia
pulled away and sealed the consolation semifinals. The Wahoos would face
Gabriella DeSimone and Zoe Scandalis of USC in the finals, winning a tight one,
9-8(1), in a tiebreak.
With Penn’s performance throughout the weekend, splitting
their matches 2-2 against the toughest competition they’ve faced all year, head
coach Sanela Kunovac believes that her young doubles pair has a shot of earning
a spot in the national rankings.
Competition began Thursday, Nov. 8 as the duo met Tereza
Bekerova and Paige Miles of Utah in the first round. The match started off very
close as the two teams traded games. Once the match was tied at 5-5, though,
the Red and Blue stepped on the gas and finished off the Utes 8-5, advancing to
the second round later in the day.
Next, they faced off against Ashley Dai and Whitney Kay of
UNC, who were coming off a first-round bye. The Tar Heels jumped out to a 7-3
lead, breaking the Quakers twice. Eskenazi and Latycheva would fire back, but
would ultimately relinquish that final game for their first loss together on
the season, 8-5.
Because of their first round win, the Quakers were not
finished for the weekend. They would get another shot Friday against Danielle
Lao and Valeria Pulido of USC in a first round consolation match. Despite a
stumble out of the gate, with the Trojans breaking serve and going up 2-0, Eskenazi
and Latycheva would not back down. They came together and played as close to
flawless as possible. They would win eight of the next nine games, taking the
match 8-3, and earning a spot in the consolation semis.
The duo would then battle a tough Virginia team Saturday morning,
taking it all the way to a 6-6 tie. Unfortunately the pair would eventually
fall for their second loss on the season, 8-6.
In overall competition, the PAC-12 took control of the women’s
draw, as Robin Anderson of UCLA took the singles title, 6-3, 6-4. As for the
doubles side, the No. 1 seeded pair of Kaitlyn Christian and Sabrina Santamaria
of USC did what they were supposed to do, sweeping the finals, 6-0, 6-0. The
men’s draw was controlled by the ACC, as Jarmere Jenkins of Virginia won the singles
title, 6-2, 6-1 in the finals. The doubles title went to the No. 2 seeded pair
of Henrique Cunha and Raphael Hemmeler from Duke. The duo triumphed, 6-4, 6-2,
in the finals.