--Recap by Ben Shapiro--
ROME, Ga.—Freshman Venia Yeung advanced to the semifinals of the ITA Cup singles championships on Thursday, continuing her impressive debut fall. The ITA Cup, which is considered the Fall National Championships, features eight of the top singles players and doubles teams from schools around the country.
After a rain delay thanks to the remnants of Hurricane Michael, the weather cleared and Yeung took the court against sophomore Ginger Valentine from Gustavus Adolphus in Minnesota. The first game of the match was tight, but after Yeung secured an early break she raced out to a big lead, getting more comfortable and taking the first set quickly, 6-0. In the second, Yeung made a few unforced errors early on, finding herself down for the first time in the match at 1-2. From there, she got back on track and cruised to a 6-0, 6-2 victory.
Later in the day, senior Victoria Yu and her sister, freshman Kristina, took on Melissa Strome and Danna Taylor of Carnegie Mellon University. The Yu sisters came into the event unbeaten as a pair in college and having already won two tournaments this fall. They looked in sync in the first set, playing solid tennis to take it 6-2. From there, things got more complicated, and Carnegie Mellon came back, taking the second set 6-3 before eventually winning in a match tiebreaker for a 2-6, 6-3, 10-6 victory.
Both Yeung and the Yu sisters will be back in action on Friday. Venia faces top seed Ysabel Gonzalez-Rico of Emory at 11:00 AM, while Victoria and Kristina will take on another pair of sisters—Maggie and Grace Riermann from Bethel University at 3:30 PM.