Women's Tennis Adds Three to Class of 2015

Women's Tennis Class of 2015

PHILADELPHIA - The University of Pennsylvania's head coach of women's tennis Sanela Kunovac recently announced the addition of three incoming freshman to the Class of 2015. These three freshmen will join a team on the rise as last year'ssquaddoubled its win total from two years ago. The Class of 2015 will also bring international diversity to women's tennisas the three student-athletes each reside in a different country. In total, the incoming freshmen traveled an estimated 12,615 miles in their trek to Penn. Using flight duration estimation times, the incoming freshman spent 24 hours and 51 minutes combined in their flights to Philadelphia.

The closest member of the incoming class in terms of location, Srinidhi Raghavan, comes to Penn from the west coast of California. The next two freshmen come to Philadelphia from Argentina and Romania. Alex Ion comes to Penn from across the Atlantic Ocean, all the way from Bucharest, Romania. Sol Eskenazi had the furthest distance to travel of the three, coming all the way from Buenos Aires, Argentina. The class will bring depth to the Quakers' squad as both Eskenazi and Ion have earned Women's Tennis Association (WTA) points and Raghavan was rated a five-star recruit and has also played in several premier tournaments in her career.

Below is an estimated breakdown of travel time to Penn for the Class of 2015:

Player

Distance*

Flight Time**

(Miles)

(Hour:Min)

Sol Eskenazi

5,265

10:13

Alex Ion

4,842

9:26

Srinidhi Raghavan

2,508

5:12

Total

12,615

24:51

*According to GeoBytes
**According to Flight Durations

SOL ESKENAZI
Buenos Aires, Argentina/Servicio de Educacion a Distancia del Ministerio Educacion (S.E.A.D.)
High School: Currently ranked in singles by the Women's Tennis Association ... Played the Junior Wimbledon and French Open in 2010 ... Club Nautico Hacoaj Athlete of the Year ... Selected to represent Argentina at the Junior Fed Cup in 2009 and the Junior Olympic Games in 2010 ... Singles and doubles winner at Inka Bowl ITF G2 and Copa Milo ITF G2 (2010) ... Trained at the Mouratoglou Tennis Academy for three years at the age of 11.
Personal: Daughter of Silvia and Fernando Eskenazi ... Enrolled in the College of Arts and Sciences.

ALEX ION
Bucharest, Romania/Emil Racovita
High School: Earned Women's Tennis Association points in both singles and doubles play ... Growing up, ranked in the top-30 at every age group in Romania ... Compiled a 16-10 record in International singles play in 2011 ... Won the Tache Caralulis Memorial (2010) and DeMolay Trophy (2011) senior tournaments ... Babolat Trophy seniors champion in 2010 ... Finished third at Arcada Trophy seniors tournament in 2011 ... 2008 Romania Champions tournament runner-up ... Won under-18 Bucharest championships ... Two-time under-18 regional champion ... Physical Education Theory Regional Olympiad and Romanian Language and Literature Regional Olympiad champion ... Received Mayor's honor for Academic Achievement in 2010 ... Class Valedictorian.
Personal: Daughter of Veronika and Catalin Ion ... Enrolled in the College of Arts and Sciences.

SRINIDHI RAGHAVAN
Saratoga, Calif./Saratoga High School
High School: Rated a five-star recruit by Tennis Recruiting ... Lettered twice in tennis ... Helped lead team to league, county and state championships in 2010 ... Member of Saratoga's first undefeated women's tennis team (26-0) ... Advanced to the Round of 16 at the USTA National Open, USTA Interscholastic West, and Copper Bowl in G18 action in 2010 ... Advanced to final of the Copper Bowl and semifinals of USTA National Open in G16 play in 2009.
Personal: Daughter of Ragini and Rajan Raghavan ... Older brother, Ravi, played tennis at Carnegie Mellon ... Enrolled in the College of Arts and Sciences.