WILLIAMSBURG, Va. - Women's tennis came on strong late in the day Friday and advanced seven players in the championship bracket of the singles draw at the William & Mary Tribe Invitational. With five players already knowing they were going to advance with Richmond unable to compete in the tournament on Friday, Emma Whitfield and Daniela DePaoli made Penn a perfect 7-0 in the singles draw with tight victories in the afternoon. Freshman Sol Eskenazi and sophomore Lauren Bridges were withdrawn from the tournament prior to stepping on the courts.
Despite finishing the day with a bang, the Quakers started out with a mixed bag of results for the doubles pairings. In the Flight B doubles, Stephanie Do and Srinidhi Raghavan picked up the first non-default victory of the tournament as they won their opening match in convincing fashion, 8-3 over their counterparts from Columbia. In the quarterfinals, Do and Raghavan ran into a formidable pairing in Tulane's Jenny Hois and Caroline Magnusson and lost 8-1. The pairing of Hois and Magnusson surrendered just three games in two matches today as they advanced to the semifinals. After going 1-1 today, Do and Raghavan will be back on the court together at 10 a.m. tomorrow.
The other pairing that was supposed to play in Flight B, Bridges and Whitfield defaulted out of the tournament after receiving an opening round default. Their pairing has been withdrawn from competition for the remainder of the doubles tournament.
In Flight A, Jaime Yapp-Shing and her last minute partner, DePaoli, were definitely the hard luck losers on day one in doubles for Penn. In the first round, Yapp-Shing and DePaoli fell in a tight 9-7 match against James Madison's paring of Katherine Bulling and Kinsey Pate. In the first consolation round, Yapp-Shing and DePaoli lost another hard-fought match, 8-6 against Lindsay Dvorak and Caroline Thorton of Tulane. Yapp-Shing and DePaoli will be back in action for doubles tomorrow at 10 a.m.
Jules Rodin and Alex Ion lost their first round match against Tulane's Mariam Kurdadze and Emma Levy, but received a default win over a Richmond pairing in the consolations. They will be the first Penn pairing in action tomorrow when they hit the courts at 9 a.m.
The afternoon singles saw very little action from the Quakers. Five players, Yapp-Shing, Raghavan, Do, Ion, and Rodin each received default victories when they were paired up against Richmond opponents that were unable to compete on Friday. On the opposite end of the spectrum for Penn, Eskenazi and Bridges withdrew from their singles draws before the first match this weekend. The five Quakers who received default wins in the opening round are all scheduled to take the court at 11 a.m. tomorrow morning.
With only two singles matches featuring Penn players, DePaoli and Whitfield certainly finished the day strong for the Penn contingent.
Whitfield moved on to the semifinals of the condensed Flight E bracket with a thrilling three-set win over Leah DeMasters of James Madison. Whitfield took the first set by a 6-4 margin, but was edged out in the second by that same tally. Playing a 10-point tiebreak to decide the match, Whitfield took control from the start and did not look back as she cruised in the tiebreak, 10-1, punching her ticket to the semifinals where she will meet Nika Khmolovska of Old Dominion at 1 p.m. tomorrow afternoon.
DePaoli pulled out her match with a straight set victory, but the win was anything but routine for the Quaker senior. In both sets, the match was tied 5-5 after the first 10 games, but DePaoli would both hold serve and break her opponent's service in consecutive sets, takingboth sets 7-5. Her quarterfinal match with Katie Kargl of William & Mary is scheduled for a noon start tomorrow.
Tomorrow's action will resume with a round of doubles, followed by two rounds of singles play. The tournament will close out on Sunday with the championship matches in both the singles and doubles draw.
Player by Player Tournament Breakdown:
Jaime Yapp-Shing - Flight A - (0-0):
Saturday (11 a.m.) vs. Kayla Rizzolo (W&M)
Stephanie Do - Flight B - (0-0):
Saturday (11 a.m.) vs. Bianca Sanon (Columbia)
Srinidhi Raghavan - Flight B - (0-0):
Saturday (11 a.m.) vs. Olga Terteac (VCU)
Daniela DePaoli - Flight C - (1-0):
Won vs. Melissa Esnal (ODU) 7-5, 7-5
Saturday (Noon) vs. Katie Kargl (W&M)
Jules Rodin - Flight D - (1-0):
Won vs. Nil Horoz (Richmond), default
Saturday (11 a.m.) vs. Daria Yakavleva (VCU)
Alex Ion - Flight D - (0-0):
Saturday (11 a.m.) vs. Salome Kvitashvili (VCU)
Emma Whitfield - Flight E - (1-0):
Won vs. Leah DeMasters (JMU) 6-4, 4-6, 10-1
Saturday (1 p.m.) vs. Nika Khmolovska (ODU)
Daniela DePaoli/Jaime Yapp-Shing - Flight A - (0-2):
Lost vs. Bulling/Pate (JMU) 9-7
Lost vs. L. Dvorak/Thorton (Tulane) 8-6
Saturday (10 a.m.) vs. Cunningham/Smyth (Richmond)
Jules Rodin/Alex Ion - Flight A - (0-1):
Lost vs. Kurdadze/Levy (Tulane) 8-4
Saturday (9 a.m.) vs. Esnal/Ivanova (Old Dominion)
Stephanie Do/Srinidhi Raghavan - Flight B - (1-1):
Won vs. Davis/Takenaga (Columbia) 8-3
Lost vs. Hois/Magnusson (Tulane) 8-1
Saturday (10 a.m.) vs. Kvitashvili/Terteac (VCU)
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