First-Year Bulldog Wins Consolation Match at ITA All-American Championships
PACIFIC PALISADES, Calif. – First-year player Mimi Levine represented the Yale women's tennis team at the ITA All-American Championships on Tuesday, competing in the prestigious tournament's qualifying singles draw. By the end of a long day, Levine had battled out two three-set matches against elite singles players, narrowly dropping her main draw match but bouncing back to win in the consolation draw.
Levine's first match on Tuesday came against Marianna Petrei, who posted a 22-3 singles record as Idaho's top singles player last year. Despite losing the first set to such a strong opponent, Levine managed to surge back to take the second 6-3, and looked to be on track for a surprising comeback. Petrei, however, elevated her play in the final set to win 6-3, 3-6, 6-1.
After a tough opening match, Levine showed impressive resilience in the consolation match that followed. Facing a daunting competitor in Boston College's No. 1 singles player Asiya Dair, Levine pulled off a remarkable comeback, winning a crucial second-set tiebreak in a 3-6, 7-6(7), 6-0 victory. This result marked Levine's first official win as a Bulldog.
Even after playing two hard-fought matches, Levine will face yet another challenge tomorrow, as she is scheduled to face No. 8 seed Anna Sanford of Ohio State at 1:30 p.m. All matches are held at the Riviera Tennis Club; full draws for the event can be found here.
Update (Oct. 4): Levine fell to Sanford in another hard-fought match, with the final score being 6-2, 4-6, 6-0.
Report by Cameron Ferguson '18, Yale Sports Publicity