Women’s Tennis Competes at USTA BJK National Tennis Center Invitational

Pictured: Samantha Gridley
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FLUSHING, N.Y. – Three Harvard women’s tennis players advanced to the singles finals at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center Invitational at the home of the U.S. Open.

Freshman Sophie Chang fell in the flight C final to No. 1 seed Stephanie Kent of Yale, 6-3, 6-4. Chang knocked off No. 2 seed Alex Kelleher of Boston College en route to the final. Classmate Alex Lehman was also defeated in the finals of her flight, 6-4, 6-0, by Dartmouth’s Jesse Adler, the No. 2 seed of flight D. In flight F, sophomore Samantha Gridley lost to No. 1 seed Sarah Lederhandler of Yale, 6-2, 6-3. Gridley defeated No. 3 seed Maryana Milchutskey of Rutgers, 6-3, 6-1 on her way to the final.

On the doubles side, No. 2 seeded Chang and Lehman dropped a close match in the quarterfinals of flight II, 9-7, to Dartmouth’s Adler and Sarah Leonard. Freshman Kristin Norton and junior Samantha Rosekrans fell to the No. 3 seed of flight I, Lenka Hojckova and Sandhya Nagarai of N.C. State, 8-3.

The Crimson have a weekend off before returning to the courts Oct. 23 for the ITA East Regionals in New Haven, Conn.