WASHINGTON, D.C. – On the second day in the nation's capital, the Harvard women's tennis team lost a hard-fought battle to a tough George Washington squad on Saturday afternoon. The 4-3 loss drops the Crimson back to 1-1 in dual matches on the season.
Despite dropping doubles to the Colonials, the Crimson doubles tandem of senior Annika Ringblom and freshman Anna Li remained a potent team. The duo claimed their ninth doubles victory together defeating George Washington's Maria Siopacha and Melis Bayraktaroglu in first doubles, 7-6(5).
The Crimson received outstanding performances from the top of its singles lineup. Ringblom's momentum from her doubles win carried forward into her third singles match, where she defeated the Colonials' Marie-Louise Decamps in two sets, 6-4, 6-2. Sophomore Jenna Friedel came out on top against Siopacha in first singles, 7-5, 6-4, while classmate Irene Lu knocked off Bayraktaroglu in second singles, 6-1, 6-1.
Freshman Neha Gupta was unable to keep her unblemished record perfect, falling to Colonials junior Sara Grubac in a tight fifth singles battle, 7-6(4), 6-4. Fellow freshman Jenna Moustafa gave senior Kamilla Beisenova a battle in sixth singles, but was not able to pull out the win.
- Senior Annika Ringblom and freshman Anna Li picked up their ninth doubles win as partners after claiming first doubles, 7-6.
- Sophomore Jenna Friedel is 2-0 on the young season in first singles with a two-set, 7-5, 6-4 win over Maria Sopacha.
- Ringblom also won her third singles match over Marie-Louie Decamps, 6-4, 6-2.
Harvard is back tomorrow for one last match in the D.C. Metro area against Maryland in College Park, Md. beginning at 11 a.m.