Bulldogs Kick Off USTA Invitational With 2-0 Record in Doubles; 5-3 in Singles With Li Still Standing

Amber Li. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
Amber Li. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

NEW YORK CITY, N.Y. – Saturday, the Yale women's tennis team wrapped up day one of the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center Invitational with a strong 5-3 record in single sot go along with an undefeated 2-0 mark in doubles.

Sophomore Amber Li, playing in the C draw, advanced out of the first round with a 7-5, 6-4 win over Shea Brodsky of Binghamton.  Li's victory propelled her to a match with Brown's Hannah Camhi in the quarterfinals.  Li took the first set easily enough by a score of 6-3, but the second set saw Camhi break Li three times en route to a 6-0 victory.  Li would rediscover her mojo, though, in the tiebreaker, gutting out a 12-10 victory to advance to the semifinals and Boston College's Katherine Flanigan, who only dropped two games in her first two matches.  Li is the lone Bulldog still with a shot at winning her draw. 

Playing in the A draw, freshman Madeleine Hamilton came out on fire, topping Cornell's Sarah O'Neil 6-4, 6-2.  O'Neil finished the 2012 season as Cornell's highest-ranked player in the Northeast regional rankings, coming in at NO. 14, ahead of Yale sophomore Hanna Yu, but behind senior captain Elizabeth Epstein, No. 2, and No. 7 Blair Seideman, a junior.  Epstein, Seideman and Yu all played at the ITA All-American Championship last week.  In the second round, Hamilton was faced with Saint John's star Nevena Selakovic.  Selakovic took the first set 6-3, but Hamilton won the second by the same margin.  In the tiebreak, though, Selakovic ousted Hamilton, winning 10-8 to stay alive in the tournament.  In the consolation round on Sunday, Hamilton will play Charleston Southern's Yvinne Hubier. 

In the B bracket, freshman Courtney Amos was defeated by Charleston Southern's Marketa Placha, in a close match, winning the first set 7-5, but dropping the second set 6-4 and the tiebreaker 10-5.  Amos would find redemption, though, in the consolation round, where she knocked off Binghamton's Katya Medianik 6-1, 6-1.  Amos' next match will be against Providence's Marisela Aviles. 

Finally, senior Sarah Guzick, playing in the F draw, first played Dartmouth's Julienne Keong.  Guzick gave Keong a run for her money, coming back to win the second set 7-5 after dropping the first 6-4, but Keong was too good in the tiebreaker, and won 10-8.  In consolation play, though, Guzick was ahead 7-5 after the first set when Saint Johns' Diamond Adams was disqualified in the second, giving Guzick the victory.  Next, the senior will face Alexandra Pavlovic, from Long Island University.

In doubles, Hamilton and Li were playing together in the first draw, matched up against Darmouth's Akiko Okuda and Katherine Yau.  The Yale pairing won easily, 8-1, to advance to the quarterfinals and the Army duo of Erin Colton and Jamila Paul.

In the second draw, Amos and Guzick played together, also emerging victorious.  Faced with Placha and CSU teammate Susita Daw, Amos and Guzick earned an 8-3 victory.  The win propels them to a quarterfinal match with either NC State's Rachael James-Baker and Nicole Martinez, or the Binghamton duo of Brodsky and Sara Kohtz. 

Fans can follow along with all the tournament action below:







(A Draw) Madeleine Hamilton (Yale) def. Sarah O Neil (Cornell): 6-4, 6-2

(A) Nevena Selekovic (Saint John's) def. Madeleine Hamilton (Yale): 6-3, 3-6, 10-8

(B) Marketa Placha (Charleston Southern) def. Courtney Amos (Yale): 5-7, 6-4, 10-5

(B) Courtney Amos (Yale) def. Katya Medianik (Binghamton): 6-1, 6-1

(C) Amber Li (Yale) def. Shea Brodsky (Binghamton): 7-5, 6-4

(C) Amber Li (Yale) def. Hannah Camhi (Brown): 6-3, 0-6, 12-10

(F) Julienne Keong (Dartmouth) def. Sarah Guzick (Yale): 6-4, 5-7, 10-8

(F) Sarah Guzick (Yale) def. Diamond Adams (Saint Johns): 7-5, 6-3 (DQ)




(1st Draw) Hamilton/Li (Yale) def. Okuda/Yau (Dartmouth): 8-1

(2nd) Amos/Guzick (Yale) def. Das/Placha (CSU): 8-3


Report by Calvin Bohn '14, Yale Sports Publicity