Yale Blitzes Through First Day At USTA Invite

Oct. 7, 2006

FLUSHING MEADOWS, N.Y. - Yale women's tennis opened play at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center Women's College Tennis Invitational this weekend with a bang, as Janet Kim and Jessica Rhee advanced to the quarterfinals in their respective singles draws, and the doubles team of Christine Alford and Sarah Lederhandler advanced to the quarters in the A Doubles draw.

"In terms of our team as a whole, I think we had a great day," Head Coach Danielle Lund said. "There are 18 teams here, and eight of the teams finished in the top 50 in the country last spring, so there's some great competiton here."

The Bulldogs, however, were more than up to the task. Janet Kim, continuing her hot play this fall, won two matches in the A flight to advance to the quarterfinals tomorrow.

"I've noticed a big difference in her confidence level [this fall]," Lund said. "It's really just a matter of her being able to come through on big points - just that confidence is the difference between winning and losing in big matches."

Sarah Lederhandler, also playing in the A flight, lost a tough opening match to Tory Zawacki of Duke, 6-1, 4-6, 10-8, but rebounded to win her second match in the consolation draw.

In the B flight, Jessica Rhee blitzed through opponents from Princeton and Boston College to advance to the quarterfinals. Like Lederhandler, Christine Alford dropped her opening-round match before rebounding to win her second.

In C singles, Lilian Nguyen drew the No. 5 seed, Duke's Parker Goyer, and dropped her opening-round match 6-1, 6-0 before recovering to win her second match. Finally, in D singles, Karolina Grygierowska made her season debut after struggling through much of last year with an injury, recording a victory in her second-round consolation match.

In doubles, the Bulldogs were rock solid as well. In the A flight, Alford and Lederhandler won two matches, including a win over No. 3-seeded Virginia, to advance to the quarterfinals in the main draw.

"It was honestly the best day I've seen them have in doubles all year," Lund said.

Kim and Rhee also won their opening-round match, an 8-3 decision against Columbia, but fell to the No. 7-seeded team from the University of Arkansas in the second round. In the B flight, Lindsey Dashiell and Nguyen won their second-round match in the consolation draw after losing in the first round to another team from UVA.

The tournament continues through Monday. Complete results to come.

Report filed by David Sherfinski '08, Yale Sports Publicity