Bulldogs Emerge From First Day of USTA Invitational With Winning Records in Both Singles and Doubles

Annie Sullivan. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
Annie Sullivan. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

NEW YORK – Saturday, the Yale women's tennis team finished day one of the USTA Invitational Tournament at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center with a winning record in both singles and doubles. 

In singles, Yale got all of its victories from the lower draws, finishing 4-3.  In the third draw, freshman Amber Li won her match in straight sets, narrowly winning the first 7-5 and pulling away 6-1 in the second.   In the fourth draw, both senior captain Steph Kent and sophomore Annie Sullivan won in straight sets, and in the eighth draw, junior and newcomer to the team Sarah Guzick won her first match 8-6.  In the first draw, senior Vicky Brook lost an extremely close match.  After falling in the first set 6-3, she won the second set in a tiebreak and finally dropped the final set 10-6 (the tournament uses an abbreviated third set, with the first player to ten points winning).  In the second draw, both sophomore Blair Seideman and freshman Hanna Yu dropped their matches in two sets. 

In doubles, Yale finished the day with only one team undefeated, but with a 4-2 overall record.  In the first draw, Brook and Yu played together.  The pair won their first match 8-4, but dropped their second by the same score.  Tomorrow they will play Sarah O'Neil and Christina Ordway of Cornell.  In the second draw, Kent and Seideman dropped their first match 8-6 but won their second 8-2.  Finally, Amber Li and Annie Sullivan won both of their matches in the second draw, first 8-5 and then 8-3.  Sunday, they will play Princeton's Katie Goepel and Rachel Saiontz in the semifinals. 

Fans can follow the results of Day Two here.


Report by Calvin Bohn '14, Yale Sports Publicity