Shklover, Yang, Zordani Advance to Second Round of Main Draw Singles
PHILADELPHIA, PA – Five members of the Yale women's tennis team competed at the ITA Northeast Regionals in Philadelphia on Thursday, earning victories in both singles and doubles. Notably, all three singles competitors who played on Thursday – Valerie Shklover, Amy Yang and Elizabeth Zordani – won their matches in straight sets to advance to the second round of the main draw.
Kicking off Thursday morning with doubles, the Elis faced tough opposition across the board. Shklover and Opala Dhingra were the first to fall in an 8-3 loss to Siena's Nanea Perkins and Natlie Weaver; first-year Mimi Levine and Yang also came up short in a competitive 8-4 match against Harvard's Anna Li and Annika Ringblom. Yale's Samantha Martinelli and Zordani responded, however, by finishing doubles on a high note with an 8-6 victory over Dartmouth's Maddie Hwang and Allison McCann. This result came on the pair's first doubles match together, which bodes well for their potential going forward.
After a hard-fought round of doubles, the Bulldogs elevated their play in singles by notching a number of lopsided results in their favor. Shklover was among the first to finish, cruising to an impressive 6-1, 6-1 win over Boston College's Jackie Urbinati. Shklover's fellow senior Zordani found similar success in her opening round match, as the Bulldog ran away with a 6-1, 6-3 victory over NJIT's Natacha Minc; this result marked her third consecutive singles victory. Yang also notched a convincing result on Thursday, topping Seton Hall's Melody Taal 6-1, 6-3.
It should be noted that both Levine and Martinelli received first-round byes on Thursday, and will compete along with their teammates in tomorrow's second round of main draw singles. Indeed, Friday promises to feature even more high-quality tennis – the Bulldogs are scheduled to play at least five singles matches and one doubles match. Main draw doubles action will start the day tomorrow, and singles matches will follow shortly thereafter. Updated draws are available here (singles) and here (doubles).
Report by Cameron Ferguson '18, Yale Sports Publicity