PHILADELPHIA - Penn put three of its four doubles pairings into the quarterfinals in the morning session at the Cissie Leary Invitational and advanced two more singles players into the Round of 16 as they played well into the night before wrapping up day one at around 10 p.m. Action will resume this morning at 8 a.m. The tournament will get underway with a round of doubles, followed by singles play. Weather and court conditions permitting, players will have their first opportunity for live action at the Hamlin Tennis Center today.
In the morning session, Penn got off to a fantastic start in the doubles draw as its four pairings went a combined 5-1. The third-seeded duo of Penn, Sol Eskenazi and Jaime Yapp-Shing, definitely had their work cut out for them. After a first round bye, Eskenazi and Yapp-Shing jumped out to a 7-4 lead and looked to be on their way to an easy victory. Their opponents from Columbia would not go away easily however as they tied the match at seven and forced match point in the tiebreak. The Penn duo would rebound and come away with the win, advancing to the quarterfinals.
Stephanie Do and Alex Ion had a much clearer path to the quarterfinals with their wins. In the first round, Do and Ion, got up 4-3 and then cruised to the 8-4 victory. In the Round of 16, Do and Ion would allow just one game to Temple's doubles pairing and solidify their spot in the quarterfinals. The good news for Penn is that it will have at least one pairing in the semifinals. The bad news is that they are also guaranteed that one of these pairings will drop down. Eskenazi and Yapp-Shing will take on Do and Ion in the first matches this morning.
Daniela DePaoli and Emma Whitfield also had a solid outing in the doubles competition as they ran off two consecutive victories. In the first match they won handily, 8-4. In the second, they allowed just one more game, winning 8-5 over a duo from Delaware, moving into the quarterfinal round. In the morning session, Whitfield and DePaoli will take on the second-seeded pairing from Columbia.
In the other doubles pairing, Jules Rodin and Srinidhi Raghavan nearly made Penn a perfect 4-0 in the opening doubles round, but lost a tight 8-6 match. They will compete in back draw competition if time permits.
In singles, freshmen Ion and Eskenazi continued their impressive performances from a week ago as both moved into the Round of 16 at their first Cissie Leary Invitational. Eskenazi, who is seeded fourth, got a first round bye and won her first played set easily, 6-2. She would have to work cut out for her in the second set, but eventually won the tiebreak and the match. Ion just continued to roll as she allowed just five games to her opponents over the two matches. She moves into the Round of 16 having conceded just nine games in her last four matches.
Yapp-Shing's string of tough matches and close victories carried over to singles. After winning a tiebreak in the doubles, Yapp-Shing dropped a tightly contested 7-5 first set, but rebounded to take the second set 6-3. In the tiebreak, Yapp-Shing was put in a huge hole early and had to save five consecutive match points. She would do just that and more, taking the tiebreak 11-9 to move into the Round of 16. In the Round of 16, she would be forced to default with a reoccurring injury.
DePaoli, Do, and Raghavan all won their first round matches for Penn, who went a combined 5-2 in the singles Round of 64. However, each would also drop their Round of 32 matches. Raghavan won her first match in a 10-point tiebreak after splitting the first two sets, but lost in a close 6-3, 6-4 match after. Do cruised through her first match, winning both sets 6-1, but fell to fifth-seeded Christine Ordway of Cornell in the Round of 32. DePaoli also cruised to her opening round win with a pair of 6-1 set wins, but feel 6-4, 6-2 in the Round of 32. All three players will have second round consolation matches today.
Rodin and Whitfield each dropped hard-fought matches in the opening round. Rodin opened the tournament with a tough draw in Columbia's seventh seed. Whitfield fell 6-3, 6-2, in a hotly contested battle. Rodin and Whitfield will have first round consolation matches later in the morning.
(4) Sol Eskenazi: (1-0)
Round of 64: Bye
Round of 32: Won vs. Sarah O'Neil (Cornell), 6-2, 7-6 (2)
Round of 16: Alicia Doms (Temple)
(8) Jaime Yapp-Shing: (1-0)
Round of 64: Won vs. Agnese Rozite (Temple), 5-7, 6-3, 11-9
Round of 32: Defaulted to Nicole Pivonka (Drexel)
Daniela DePaoli: (1-1)
Round of 64: Won vs. Mel Reyes (Drexel), 6-1, 6-1
Round of 32: Lost vs. Lauren Frazier (Cornell), 6-4, 6-2
Second Round Consolation: TBD
Stephanie Do: (1-1)
Round of 64: Won vs. Carly Bohman (Temple), 6-1, 6-1
Round of 32: Lost vs. (5) Christine Ordway (Cornell), 6-0, 6-3
Second Round Consolation: TBD
Alex Ion: (2-0)
Round of 64: Won vs. Paola Calderon (Temple), 6-2, 6-0
Round of 32: Won vs. Katarina Kovacevic (Columbia), 6-2, 6-1
Round of 16: Nicole Pivonka (Drexel)
Srinidhi Raghavan: (1-1)
Round of 64: Won vs. Sonja Stosic (Drexel), 6-4, 1-6, (1-0) 10-7
Round of 32: Lost vs. Crystal Leung (Columbia), 6-3, 6-4
Second Round Consolation: TBD
Jules Rodin: (0-1)
Round of 64: Lost vs. (7) Bianca Sanon (Columbia), 6-2, 6-0
First Round Consolation: Rebecca Breland (Temple)
Emma Whitfield: (0-1)
Round of 64: Lost vs. Adel Arshavskaya (Columbia), 6-3, 6-2
First Round Consolation: Olivia Helm (Delaware)
(4) Sol Eskenazi/Jaime Yapp-Shing: (1-0)
Round of 32: Bye
Round of 16: Won vs. A. Arshavskaya/R. Arshavskaya (Columbia), 8-7, ((7-6)6)
Quarterfinals: Do/Ion (Penn)
Daniela DePaoli/Emma Whitfield: (2-0)
Round of 32: Won vs. Chelsea Davis/Amy Li (Columbia), 8-4
Round of 16: Won vs. Olivia Helm/Kim Milla (Delaware), 8-5
Quarterfinals: (2) Bartnik/Sanon (Columbia)
Stephanie Do/Alex Ion: (2-0)
Round of 32: Won vs. Rosemary Li/Sara Perelman (Cornell), 8-4
Round of 16: Won vs. Alicia Doms/Yana Mavrina (Temple), 8-1
Quarterfinals: (4) Eskenazi/Yapp-Shing (Penn)
Srinidhi Raghavan/Jules Rodin: (0-1)
Round of 32: Lost vs. Christine Ordway/Gabby Sullivan (Cornell), 8-6
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