Wang Scores Big Upset Over No. 2 Seed at USTA/ITA Northeast Regionals

Ziqi Wang (photo by Alexandra Schmeling)
Ziqi Wang (photo by Alexandra Schmeling)

No. 84 Lu Also Advances to Fourth Round

FLUSHING, N.Y. – The third day of the United States Tennis Association (USTA)/Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Northeast Regional Championships saw a full slate of singles action at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center.  Three members of the Yale men's tennis team contested matches in the main draw, with two players battling their way to fourth round berths. 

As a seeded player, freshman Ziqi Wang gained an automatic bye into the second round.  In Saturday's second round encounter, he clashed against Stony Brook's Jose Morales.  The two put on a quality display, with Wang ultimately prevailing in a tough three-set affair, 6-1, 6-7, 6-3.  His third round match promised to be a challenging encounter, as Wang came up against the tournament's No. 2 seed, Dennis Nguyen of Harvard, the No. 18 ranked player in the country.  Wang was not to be intimidated by his decorated opponent, however, and proceeded to stave off a comeback from Nguyen to record a significant 6-1, 3-6, 6-4 upset.   

Sophomore Tyler Lu, ranked 84 in the nation by the ITA, had also received a bye into the second round by virtue of his top-8 seeding.  Determined to live up to his seeding, Lu did not disappoint, as he first dispatched Princeton's Dan Richardson 6-3, 6-2, and rolled in a 6-3, 6-0 victory over Columbia's Bret Vancura.  Sealing two wins over Ivy League opponents is sure to give him confidence as he aims to reach the quarterfinals and beyond. 

Senior Daniel Faierman took to the court on Saturday having notched a first round victory on Friday.  In his second round match, he went toe-to-toe with Dartmouth's Dovydas Sakinis.  After dropping the first set, Faierman started to mount a comeback by claiming the second set, but Sakinis finished strong to complete the 6-1, 4-6, 6-2 triumph. 

Sunday's action at the National Tennis Center will see two rounds of doubles, as well as the singles fourth round.  Lu will be looking to reach the quarterfinal round in singles, while the Yale duo of Wang and junior Martin Svenning will be aiming to make its way through the doubles bracket.

Report by Robert Batista '15, Yale Sports Publicity