Sullivan Advances to Quarterfinals at Northeast Regionals

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

Hamilton and Sullivan Also in Contention at Doubles

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. Two members of the Yale women's tennis team remain in contention after play concluded Sunday at the USTA/ITA Northeast Regional Championships in Cambridge, Mass. Senior captain Annie Sullivan won three matches at singles and, with partner sophomore Madeleine Hamilton, three matches at doubles to reach the quarterfinals of both brackets.  

Five Bulldogs began singles play Saturday, all entering the tournament in the round of 64 after earning byes in the first round. Seeding proved to be important the Bulldogs, as all three seeded players (No. 3 Hamilton, No. 5 Sullivan and No. 9 freshman Sherry Li) earned wins, while Yale's two unseeded players (sophomore Ree Ree Li and junior Hanna Yu) fell in the round of 64. Both Sherry Li and Ree Ree Li took their matches to three sets, with Sherry defeating Galina Chernykh of Rhode Island 6-4, 4-6, 6-2 and Ree Ree falling to Rutgers's Vanessa Petrini 6-2, 3-6, 6-2. 

The Bulldogs were back in action Sunday with the round of 32. Sherry Li saw her run come to an end when she lost to Tina Jiang from Columbia, but the more veteran members of her team, Hamilton and Sullivan, pushed on. Hamilton, last year's Ivy League Rookie of the Year, defeated Nadia Smergut of Stonybrook 6-3, 6-2, while Sullivan took down Fordham's Elliesa Ball 6-3, 6-2.  

By the end of the day, however, only the captain remained in contention at singles. Hamilton left the tournament in the round of 16 with a 6-3, 6-0 decision against Jacqueline Crawford of Dartmouth. Sullivan prevailed, earning herself a spot in the quarterfinals after handing Harvard's Spencer Liang a 6-2, 6-3 loss on her home court. 

Sunday concluded with the doubles round of 16, in which the Bulldogs went 1-1. After an impressive start to the tournament, Ree Ree Li and Sherry Li took a loss against Amy He and Liang of the host team and saw their hopes of a championship come to an end. Hamilton and Sullivan continued their strong play together, defeating Crawford and Suzy Tan of Dartmouth 8-2.  

Play resumes Monday at 10 a.m. with the singles quarterfinals, followed in turn by the doubles quarterfinals and semifinals. 

Report by Joe Giammittorio '15, Yale Sports Publicity