Fall 2012: Won the doubles flight 'A'
draw and reached the flight 'D' finals at the Columbia Invitational
(9/14-16/12) ... Reached the doubles semifinals and singles flight 'B' round of
16 at the Cissie Leary Inviational (9/21-23/12) ... Reached the quarterfinals of
singles flight 'F' and semifinals of doubles flight '1' at the NTC BJK Women's
Collegiate Invitational (10/6-8/12) ... Advanced to the doubles finals at the ITA
Northeast Regionals (10/29-23/12) ... With doubles partner Bianca Sanon, knocked
off No. 9 Tan/Tsay from Stanford at the ITA/USTA Indoor Intercollegiate
Finished the season with a 10-6 record, playing primarily as the No. 6 ... Earned
a pair of three-set victories over Cornell's Sara Perelman and Dartmouth's Jeri
Reichel at the ECAC Team Tournament (2/17-19/12) ... Posted three consecutive
road wins against Memphis' Kelly Gray (3/3/12), FIU's Nina Djordjevic (3/18/12)
and William & Mary's Sydney Smith (3/23/12) ... Defeated Cornell's Courtney
Malinchak in straight sets (3/31/12) ... Rallied past Brown's Sarah Kandath for a
three-set win (4/15/12) ... Topped Penn's Emma Whitfield in season finale, 6-1,
6-2 (4/22/12) ... Partnered with Bianca Sanon to win 13 doubles matches,
including first eight matches of the year ... Won the Flight 'A' doubles title at
the Cornell Winter Invitational ... Notched doubles wins over Ivy League foes
Yale, Brown and Princeton.
Fall 2011: Participated in the William & Mary Invitational, the Cissie Leary Invitational and the Columbia Invitational.
Spring 2011: Went 9-9 overall in singles and 1-6 in Ivy League matches, playing in the Nos. 3-6 spots … Went 6-3 in doubles with Chelsea Davis and 3-2 with Bianca Sanon, including a 2-2 Ivy League record … Clinched Columbia’s 4-3 win over Cornell at ECAC tournament, winning in the No.5 spot over Sarah O’Neil, 7-5, 6-7, 7-6(4) … Had non-league wins in singles over St. John’s, Stony Brook, Maryland, Temple, Colorado State and Long Island … Had league wins over Cornell, Dartmouth and Penn.
Fall 2010: Participated in the Cissie Leary Invitational, notching a first round win in the B singles draw over Zeynep Mada of Drexel … Advanced to the semifinals of the F singles draw at the USTA National Tennis Center Invitational, beating a player from Fairfield and upsetting the No.4 seed from Boston College … Also participated in the ITA Northeast Regionals.
At California Academy of Math & Science: Four-time letter winner in tennis … Team captain her senior year … Four-time Daily Breeze All-Area honoree for tennis … Three-time Press Telegram All-Area honoree for tennis … Went undefeated in the league her freshman year playing #1 singles … Member of the CIF Southern Section Division 5 team championship squad her freshman season.
Personal: Psychology major ... Daughter of Janis Uchida and Stephen Takenaga … Father, Stephen, was a gymnast at UCLA.
|Getting to Know Tiana:
|What do you like best about Columbia?
||Living in New York City has always been a dream of mine. I always find something fun and interesting to do!
|What is your favorite thing to do in New York City?
||Try new things and explore new places.
|Who's your favorite professional tennis player?
||Serena. She is so strong. On top of that she has an amazing passion for the game and an unfailing determination to win.
|People would be surprised to know that I:
|If I were to have a dinner party, I would invite:
|Song you never get sick of:
||Somewhere Over the Rainbow- Israel Kamakawiwo'ole
|Favorite season and why:
||Spring. The cold lifts and reminds me that summer is just in reach. I love the rain, lilies, and spring break! Not to mention my birthday is during spring.
|Favorite Disney movie:
||Beauty and the Beast. I must have been Belle at least 5 times when I was younger.
|What is your favorite ice cream topping?
||Chocolate makes everything better, but french fries come in a close second.
|What TV show do you HAVE to watch each week?
|What song would you sing at karaoke?
||Valerie- The Zutons
|What is your dream vacation?
||Trip around Europe.
|If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be?
|If you could stay one age for your entire life, how old would you chose to be?
|Your most over-used word/phrase is:
|What's the best advice you've ever recieved?
||Don't take anyone's advice.
|If you could attend any sporting event in the world, what would it be and why?
||Any Olympic event. The atmosphere is so intense and exciting, anything can happen.