ATLANTA – The Columbia women’s tennis team had another strong showing at the Atlanta Classic this weekend, defeating Georgia State in five out of six singles matches on the final day of action at Piedmont Park.
At the top singles position, senior Bianca Sanon overcame No. 46 Kendall Woodard of Georgia Tech on Friday in a thrilling tiebreaker, 3-6, 6-1, 7-6 (7-5). Her success continued on Saturday with a straight-sets victory over Noel Scott of LSU, 7-6, 7-5.
Junior Crystal Leung won her final singles match on Sunday to register an unbeaten 3-0 singles record for the weekend. Leung beat Marcia Tere-Apisah of Georgia State 6-3 in set one and 7-5 in set two.
First-year Vivian Cheng and junior Amy Li also won in straight sets over Georgia State on Sunday. Cheng easily handled Tarani Kamoe, 6-1, 6-0, at No. 5, while Li defeated Tiffany Flood 6-2, 6-1 at No. 6.
Sophomore Kanika Vaidya had a successful weekend representing the Lions at the 2013 Riviera/ITA Women's All-American Championships in Los Angeles, Calif. Vaidya defeated Marina Bohrer of Michigan State in the pre-qualifying first round, followed by a 6-2, 6-2 win over Klaudia Gawlik of McNeese State in round two. She then faced Jamie Loeb of North Carolina in the third round on Sunday, falling 6-3, 6-4.
Sanon is set to play in the singles qualifying round later this week, while Vaidya/Sanon will begin main draw doubles play on Thursday. Main draw action is slated for Thursday, Oct. 3-Sunday, Oct. 6 at the Riviera Tennis Club.
Columbia Results at Atlanta Classic:
1. (COL) Bianca Sanon def. (GT) Kendal Woodard 3-6, 6-1, 7-6 (7-5)
2. (COL) Crystal Leung def. (GT) Megan Kurey 7-5, 2-6, 1-2 ret.
3. (GT) Natasha Prokhnevska def. (COL) Ioana Alecsiu 6-3, 6-3
4. (GT) Muriel Wacker def. (COL) Tiana Takenaga 7-5, 6-0
5. (GT) Alexa Anton-Ohlmeyer def. (COL) Laura Wiley 6-1, 6-1
6. (GT) Rasheeda McAdoo def. (COL) Vivian Cheng 6-3, 6-2
1. (LSU) Scott/Owens def. (COL) Sanon/Cheng 8-4
2. (COL) Leung/Alecsiu def. (LSU) Jeremiah/Otero 8-6
3. (COL) Wiley/Takenaga def. (LSU) Holloway/Morton 9-8 (7-4)
1. (GSU) A. Tere-Apisah/Grgan def. (COL) Sanon/Cheng 8-3
2. (GSU) Timmermann/Kozachenko def. (COL) Leung/Alecsiu 8-4
3. (GSU) M. Tere-Apisah/Kamoe def. (COL) Wiley/Takenaga 8-6
4. (GSU) Flood/Roudami def. (COL) Li/Zaher 8-1
1. (COL) Bianca Sanon def. (LSU) Noel Scott 7-6, 7-5
2. (COL) Crystal Leung def. (LSU) Ella Taylor 6-3, 6-2
3. (LSU) Gabriel Otero def. (COL) Iona Alecsiu 6-3, 6-3
4. (LSU) Abby Owens def. (COL) Tiana Takenaga 6-2, 6-3
5. (LSU) Skylar Holloway def. (COL) Laura Wiley 6-4, 6-2
1. (GT) Woodard/Anton-Ohlmeyer def. (COL) Sanon/Takenaga 8-3
2. (GT) McAdoo/Wacker def. (COL) Leung/Alecsiu 8-2
1. (COL) Crystal Leung def. (GSU) Marcia Tere-Apisah 6-3, 7-5
2. (GSU) Linn Timmermann def. (COL) Ioana Alecsiu 6-3, 6-2
3. (COL) Tiana Takenga def. (GSU) Chaimaa Roudami 6-3, 3-6, 6-4
4. (COL) Laura Wiley def. (GSU) Maryana Kozachenko 5-7, 6-1, 6-1
5. (COL) Vivian Cheng def. (GSU) Tarani Kamoe 6-1, 6-0
6. (COL) Amy Li def. (GSU) Tiffany Flood 6-2, 6-1