PHILADELPHIA - Kanika Vaidya will represent the Columbia
women's tennis team in the semifinals of the singles A flight, while the
doubles duo of Bianca Sanon and Tiana Takenaga have advanced to the semifinals
of the doubles bracket at the Cissie Leary Invitational.
Vaidya won a pair of matches Saturday to earn her spot in
the semifinals. Going up against teammate Crystal Leung in the round of 16,
Vaidya dropped the opening set, but rebounded to win the next two. Vaidya met
Richmond's Melissa Kandinata in the quarterfinals and was able to defeat her in
just two sets, 6-2, 6-3.
Hanna Yu from Yale will face Vaidya in the semifinals Sunday
morning with the winner advancing to face the victor of Stephanie Do (Penn) and
Annie Sullivan (Yale) in the finals.
Sanon and Takenaga faced a tough doubles team in Dartmouth's
Julienne Keong and and Janet Liuin the round of 16, but edged out the Big Green
It was an all-Columbia quarterfinals matchup, as Leung and
Amy Li defeated Maryland's Welma Luus and Vroni Van Berlo, 9-7, to move onto to
face Sanon and Takenaga. It would be Sanon and Takenaga that would come out
ahead, using an 8-3 decision to earn a spot in semifinals Sunday.
Play will continue Sunday with singles action at 9:15 a.m.