CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - The reigning Ivy League Champion Columbia women's tennis team showed the northeast region that the Lions are still the team to beat with two doubles teams advancing to the finals at the 2013 USTA/Intercollegiate Tennis Association Northeast Regional Championships on Monday.
The Columbia duos of Bianca Sanon/Kanika Vaidya and Tina Jiang/Crystal Leung are set to face each other in the main doubles draw final after toppling the rest of the 64-team bracket this weekend.
Players are competing for an automatic entry into the 2013 USTA/ITA National Intercollegiate Indoor Championships Nov. 7-10 at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows, N.Y. Since the singles and doubles champions will receive a berth, at least one Columbia pair will automatically qualify for the tournament.
Sanon and Vaidya first defeated St. Bonaventure’s Brossard and Mara Martinez-Santor by an 8-2 score. They continued their dominance in the second round with an 8-2 win over Ivy League foe Penn’s pair of Stephanie Do and Alex Ion, and kept it going by downing Wan-Yi Sweeting/Katya Asilyev of Boston College, 8-1. In the quarterfinal round, Sanon/Vaidya earned an 8-3 win over Harvard's pair of Spencer Liang/Amy He, and played their way into the finals by defeating the Boston College duo of Jessica Wacnik/Lexi Borr.
The Lions partnership of Jiang and Leung also found success with an 8-2 first round victory over Sanne Louwers and Lisa Maas from New York City rival, LIU Brooklyn. The pair continued with an 8-6 win over Eskenazi/Yapp-Shing from Penn, followed by an 8-6 victory over Leonie-Charlotte Athanasiadis/Johanna Hyoty of BU to advance to the semis. Jiang/Leung stayed solid in the semifinals with an 8-6 defeat over Annie Sullivan and Madeleine Hamilton of Yale to earn a spot in the final round.
In singles action, both No. 104 Sanon and No. 95 Vaidya advanced to the semifinals and will compete for a spot in the finals on Tuesday at 10 a.m, with the doubles final to follow.