Hamilton and Li Make it to Doubles Championship at USTA Invitational

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. – Sunday, the Yale women's tennis team won three of four matches in both singles and doubles at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center Invitational in Flushing Meadows, N.Y.

As is frequently the story with this Yale team, doubles was the dominant story on Sunday, as the pairing of freshman Madeleine Hamilton and sophomore Amber Li powered through two victories to make it all the way to the finals of the first draw.  First, Hamilton and Li had to beat an Army pairing of Erin Colton and Jamila Paul, which they did by a score of 8-4.  Then, in the semifinal, the Bulldog duo was up against Ivy League opposition, in the form of Brown's Hannah Camhi and Misia Krasowski.  Hamilton and Li would win the match 8-6, setting up another Ivy League showdown in the final, this time against Princeton's Lindsey Graff and Amanda Mulianwan.  The match will be played Monday.

In the second draw, freshman Courtney Amos was playing with senior Sarah Guzick, coming off a first-day win over Susita Daw and Marketa Placha of Charleston Southern.  Sunday, Amos and Guzick got off to an excellent start, topping the NC State pairing of Rachael James-Baker and Nicole Martinez 8-2 to advance to the semifinals.  In the semifinals, though, Yale would sustain its first loss in doubles of the weekend (and the first loss of the season for Guzick, who won all of her matches with junior Annie Sullivan at the Cissie Leary Invitational) to Brown's Jessica Harrow and Ashley Noyes, by a score of 8-1.  Amos and Guzick will play for third place against Ksenia Kuzmenko and Jana Luste, from the New Jersey Institute of Technology, on Monday. 

In singles, Hamilton, playing in the A draw, earned a 6-4, 7-6 (3) victory over Yvinne Hubler, from Charleston Southern, in the semifinals of the north segment of the bracket.  The win moved Hamilton's record to 2-1 on the weekend, and sets up a match with Katherine Yau, from Dartmouth, in the final.  Both Yau and Hamilton won their first matches, but both also dropped the second before winning the third on Sunday. 

In the B draw, Amos knocked off Marisela Aviles of Providence 6-1, 6-0.  The win vaults Amos into the finals of the consolation bracket, as she has now won two matches in a row after dropping her first match in the tiebreak to Marketa Placha, from Charleston Southern.  Amos will face Nicole Martinez, from NC State, in the final. 

In the C draw, Li was the lone Bulldog still in contention to win her bracket.  Faced with Boston College's Katherine Flanagan, the top seed in the draw, Li fell 6-0, 6-1.  Li was the fourth seed.  She will play Cornell's Laila Judeh for third place on Monday. 

The final Bulldog in action in singles was Guzick.  Guzick lost her first match on Saturday, but came back to win the second, in the consolation bracket.  Sunday, she was matched up across from Long Island's Alexandra Pavlovic in the semifinal of the consolation bracket, and the result of the match was really never in question.  Guzick took the first set 6-1 and won the second by the same margin, setting up a final consolation match against Tayler Corder, a Providence student-athlete. 






(A Draw) Madeleine Hamilton (Yale) def. Yvinne Hubler (Charleston Southern): 6-4, 7-6 (3)

(B) Courtney Amos (Yale) def. Marisela Avilea (Providence): 6-1, 6-0

(C) Katherine Flanagan (BC) def. Amber Li (Yale): 6-0, 6-1

(F) Sarah Guzick (Yale) def. Alexandra Pavlovic (Long Island): 6-1, 6-1




(1st Draw) Hamilton/Li (Yale) def. Colton/Paul (Army): 8-4

(1st) Hamilton/Li (Yale) def. Camhi/Krasowski (Brown): 8-6

(2nd) Amos/Guzick (Yale) def. James-Baker/Martinez (NC State): 8-2

(2nd) Harrow/Noyes (Brown) def. Amos/Guzick (Yale): 8-1


Report by Calvin Bohn '14, Yale Sports Publicity