PHILADLEPHIA Day two of the 11th Cissie Leary Invitational ended with two Quakers alive in the semifinals of the singles bracket and with Penn’s number one doubles team advancing to the finals. Play resumes on Sunday at 8:30 a.m.
The day started with six women remaining in the singles draw. Charlotte Tansill advanced to the quarterfinals with a 6-3, 6-1 victory over Sydney Murray of Columbia. Awaiting her in the next round was Tammy John of Cornell. Tansill had no problems with her Ivy League foe, winning the match 6-1, 6-4 to earn a spot in Sunday’s semifinals against Janet Kim, the fourth overall seed in the tournament, from Yale.
The other Quaker to reach the semifinals was Yulia Rivelis. Rivelis entered the tournament with the number three overall seed and has lived up to her billing throughout play. On Saturday, she rallied back from an early one-set deficit to defeat Masha Pozar of UMass, 1-6, 6-1, 10-4. Up next for Rivelis was Lauren Ritz of Yale. Rivelis advanced to the semifinals with a 6-2, 6-2 victory over Ritz. Rivelis will meet the second overall seed in the tournament, Inga Beerman from Virginia Tech.
Ekaterina Kosminskaya and Julia Koulbitskaya have marched through their portion of the doubles draw, losing only four games in three matches. Saturday’s matches saw the duo defeat the team of Brouwer and Walker from Virginia Tech, 8-0. In the semifinals, they advanced with a 8-3 victory over Boney and Pozar from UMass. Saturday’s finals will see Kosminskaya and Koulbitskaya meet the number one overall seed in the tournament, and the 36th ranked pair in the country, Avdeeva and Horvath from Kansas.
Other action for Penn on Saturday saw Alexa Ely fall in the round of 16 to Janet Kim of Yale, 3-6, 2-6. Another Quaker fell victim to Kim when Koulbitskaya lost on the quarterfinals, 6-3, 2-6, 5-10. Maria Anisimova was victorious in her round of 16 match, defeating Elyse Steiner of Temple, 6-4, 7-5. Anisimova then lost in the quarterfinals to Beerman, 3-6, 3-6. Michelle Mitchell also was beaten by Beerman, losing in the round of 16, 1-6, 2-6. Lauren Sadaka competed in consolation singles, losing to Holly Johnson of Virginia Tech, 3-6, 3-6. Ely competed in Round of 16 consolation, defeating Murray, 6-1, 7-6(3). Vidya Dabir also defeated Maria Barousse of St. Bonaventure, 6-0, 6-0.
The third and final day of action begins at 8:30 a.m. Sunday with singles semifinal matches and the finals of doubles play. In addition, more consolation play will take place throughout the morning.
Download: 2007 draw sheets.pdf