KALAMAZOO, Mich. – A perfect day on the singles courts highlighted the University of Chicago women's tennis team's efforts at day two of the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Central Region Championships on Friday.
With their three doubles teams playing in the morning session, UChicago sent all three to the quarterfinals and one pairing to the semifinals. The No. 5 seeds Claudia Ng and Perene Wang made short work of their opposition, topping Denison University and Case Western Reserve University by matching 8-2 margins. Top-seeded Catherine Xu and Eugenia Lee shut out College of Wooster 8-0, but lost to Case Western Reserve 8-5 in the next match. Lauren Park and Brigitte Wu beat Washington University – St. Louis 8-4 before losing by that same score to Kenyon College.
Singles similarly had three Maroons remaining in the mix for the Round of 16 and quarterfinals. No. 5-seed Nicole Semenov and No. 9-seed Lauren Park each had to gut out a pair of three-set triumphs in their initial matches. Semenov took down WashU 7-6, 4-6, 6-2 while Park rallied back 2-6, 6-4, 6-2. No. 9-seed Catherine Xu breezed through her WashU opponent quickly, winning 6-0, 6-0.
The quarterfinals proved just as successful, as all three Maroons advanced to the semifinals. Semenov beat the No. 4-seed from Hope College 7-5, 6-3. On the other side of the bracket, Park and Xu guaranteed a semifinal meeting with each other. Park lost her first set to the No. 6-seed from Kenyon, then took the second set 6-3 and advanced when her opponent retired with an injury. Xu kept rolling with a 6-4, 6-2 result against No. 9-seed Hope.
Singles Results (Round of 16 and Quarterfinals)
No. 5-seed Nicole Semenov def. Allyson Persky (WashU) 7-6 (7-5), 4-6, 6-2
No. 5-seed Nicole Semenov def. Amanda Bandrowski (Hope) 7-5, 6-3
No. 9-seed Lauren Park def. Claire Hallock (Hope) 2-6, 6-4, 6-2
No. 9-seed Lauren Park def. Daria Beshentseva (Kenyon) 4-6, 6-3, 1-0 retired
No. 9-seed Catherine Xu def. Divya Sharma (WashU) 6-0, 6-0
No. 9-seed Catherine Xu def. Sydney Jackson (Hope) 6-4, 6-2
Doubles Results (Round of 16 and Quarterfinals)
No. 5-seed Claudia Ng/Perene Wang def. Denison 8-2
No. 5-seed Claudia Ng/Perene Wang def. Case Western Reserve 8-2
No. 1-seed Catherine Xu/Eugenia Lee def. Wooster 8-0
Case Western Reserve def. Catherine Xu/Eugenia Lee 8-5
Lauren Park/Brigitte Wu def. WashU 8-4
Kenyon def. Lauren Park/Brigitte Wu 8-4
- Saturday, Sept. 21 @ 9:00 AM (ET) – UChicago at ITA Central Regional (at Kalamazoo, Mich.)