Sept. 23, 2007
Philadelphia, PA - Junior Janet Kim won the 2007 Cissie Leary Invitational Sunday with two straight set victories in the semifinals and finals.
Kim, seeded No. 4 in the tournament, defeated Charlotte Tansill of Penn in the semifinals 6-3, 6-1. Facing No. 2 seed Inga Beerman of Virginia Tech in the finals, Kim cruised to a 7-5, 6-0 victory to win the tournament.
Head Coach Danielle Lund said the victory was a huge one for Kim, who had been working hard on improving her game. "I'm really happy for her," Lund said. "She played well; she played smart. She did a really good job. It's a great way to start and lead up to the All American Tournament. With this huge win under her belt, that's a great way to start off the year."
Sophomore Sarah Lederhandler won the Cissie Leary Invitational consolation tournament. After falling in the second round of the main draw, Lederhandler pulled out four victories in the consolation bracket over the last two days. Lederhandler wrapped up her tournament with victories over Christine Clermont of Temple in the semifinals and Holly Johnson of Virginia Tech in the finals Sunday.
Against Clermont, Lederhandler battled to a 6-4, 2-6, 11-9 victory. Lederhandler then pulled out a 6-3, 1-6, 10-6 win victory over Johnson.
In the consolation doubles tournament, freshmen Lauren Ritz and Lindsay Clark won the tournament with two 8-2 victories. In the semifinals, they defeated Taylor Marble and Rebecca Parks of Princeton. Ritz and Clark then wrapped up the tournament with another 8-2 victory over Nina Suda and Hendry of Columbia.
Lund said she was happy with her team's overall performance. "It was really good," Lund said. "Everybody that played today won their matches. It was good to end a Sunday like that. I was very happy with the overall performance of the weekend. It was great. I feel like our goal of the tournament was to make our presence known because we knew there were some Ivy League opponents there, and I definitely think we did that. Especially because I think results like this one are remembered come spring time."
Report filed by Steven Horn '10, Yale Sports Publicity