The women’s tennis team faced its toughest test of the season this past weekend at the Atlanta Classic, losing 11 of 26 matches against Georgia Tech, Georgia State, and LSU. Georgia Tech was ranked 21st in the nation last year, and the other two teams are consistently ranked highly as well.
In spite of the results, the tournament was seen as a valuable experience for the Lions, and one that should bode well for player development as the season progresses.
“It’s definitely my philosophy that we should play a tough schedule,” head coach Ilene Weintraub, CC ’02, said. “One of the reasons we were so successful last year was because we played a lot of tough competition before the Ivy League schedule and we were very prepared for it.”
Junior Crystal Leung stood out, going undefeated in three matches. She won her last two contests in straight sets.
But the match of the weekend was senior Bianca Sanon’s comeback win against No. 46 Kendal Woodard of Georgia Tech. Sanon lost the first set 6-3, then dominated the second set 6-1 before winning a tightly contested third set 7-6 (7-5).
“Bianca played some of the best tennis I’ve ever seen her play,” Weintraub said. “It was very close in the end, and she was the player that put more balls on court, had more discipline, and played smarter on the big points.”
Meanwhile, Sanon’s doubles partner, sophomore Kanika Vaidya, represented the Lions in the singles qualifying round of the All-American Championships in Los Angeles. Vaidya won the first two rounds in straight sets, but lost in the final qualifying round to Jamie Loeb of North Carolina. She was a “lucky loser,” though, and was awarded a spot in the main draw after a slot became available.
Vaidya and Sanon will begin their doubles draw at the All-Americans on Thursday, with Sanon competing in singles play as well. The rest of the Lions will be off until the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center College Invitational begins on Oct. 11.