FLUSHING MEADOWS, N.Y. — Led by sophomore Janet Liu's performance in B Flight singles, the Dartmouth women's tennis team turned in a 11-9 singles record and a 3-4 doubles mark at the USTA National Tennis Center Women's College Invitational this past weekend at Flushing Meadows. Liu, who posted a 2-1 record, defeated opponents from Fordham and Brown to advance to the semifinal round of the tournament.
Freshman Katherine Yau also had success, playing in A Flight Singles for the Big Green. After defeating NC State's Rachel James-Baker in the Round of 16, she fell to Brown's Misia Krasowski in the quarterfinals. Bouncing back in the backdraw, she beat Monica Yajima of Fairfield for an overall record of 2-1 on the weekend.
Dartmouth rookies Suzy Tan and Sarah Bessen also posted 2-1 singles marks for the tournament. Tan, who played in D Flight singles, lost to Dena Tanenbaum of Cornell in the opening round before rebounding with two straight victories in the backdraw. In E Flight singles, Bessen defeated NJIT's Natalia Melibeau easily, and also beat Margarita Belyajova of Morgan State in the backdraw.
In doubles action, sophomore Akiko Okuda and Yau went 1-1, falling in the Round of 16 before dominating Boston College, 8-1 in the backdraw. Liu and freshman Julienne Keong went 1-2 in the B Flight, while Tan and Bessen were 1-1 in C Flight.
The Big Green is back on the court Friday, Oct 19 - Tuesday, Oct. 23 for ITA Regionals at West Point, N.Y.
Katherine Yau defeated Rachel James-Baker NC State 6-4,7-6 Round of 16's
Katherine Yau lost to Misia Krasowski Brown 7-6,6-3 Quarter-Finals
Katherine Yau defeated Monica Yajima Fairfield University 6-1,6-4 Backdraw
Janet Liu defeated Jessica Harrow Brown 7-6,6-4 Quarter-Finals
Janet Liu lost to Bianca Sanon 6-3,1-6,10-7 Semi-Finals
Akiko Okuda defeated Rocio Portela Seton Hall University 6-2,6-3 Round of 16
Akiko Okuda lost to Crystal Leung Columbia 6-4,6-4 Quarter-Finals
Akiko Okuda defeated Lauren Wiley Brown 6-2,6-1 Backdraw
Suzy Tan lost to Dena Tanenbaum Cornell 6-4,2-6,10-6 Round of 16
Suzy Tan defeated Sharissa Ryan Fairfield 6-2,4-6,10-6 Backdraw
Suzy Tan defeated Dorothy Safron Delaware 7-6,4-6, 10-6 Backdraw
Sarah Bessen defeated Natalia Melibeu NJIT 6-4,6-0 Round of 16
Sarah Bessen lost to Sarah Kandath Brown 6-2,6-4 Quarter-Finals
Sarah Bessen defeated Margarita Belyakova Morgan State 6-4,3-6,13-11 Backdraw
Julienne Keong defeated Sarah Guzick Yale 6-4,5-7,10-8 Round of 16
Julienne Keong lost to Courtney Malinchak Cornell 6-2,6-3 Quarter-Finals
Christina Danosi lost to Sara Perelman Cornell 7-6,6-0 Round of 16
Christina Danosi defeated Eva Sung Army 7-6,1-6,10-5 Backdraw
Chirstina Danosi lost to Julia Keenan Seton Hall 6-2,6-3
Janet Liu/Julienne Keong lost to Kesenia Kuzmenko/Jana Luste NJIT 8-3 Round of 16
Janet Liu/Christian Danosi defeated Dorothy Safron/Carmen Lai Delaware 8-3 Backdraw