Photo courtesy of Damion Reid and PSAL
Cardozo’s Daniela Hernandez captured the PSAL Individual Singles title, coming back from a set down to defeat Beacon’s Kyra Bergman 4-6, 6-3, 6-1 in the final.
Hernandez, just a freshman, posted a dominant run through the singles draw, beginning with a 10-0 win over Emmanuella Nortey of Seward Park, and following it up with a 10-0 triumph over Francis Lewis’s Alleyah Ally to move into the quarterfinals.
In the final eight, she would receive a walkover into the semifinals, as Bronx Science’s Perene Wang was forced to pull out with a shoulder injury, setting up a semifinal showdown between Hernandez and Townsend Harris’ Liana Weitzman.
Hernandez would drop her first game of the tournament in the semifinals, but still managed a 10-1 victory over Weitzman to put her into the city finals against Bergman, who defeated McKee/Staten Island Tech’s Miriam Aziz in her semifinal matchup.
The Cardozo freshman shook off the first adversity she faced all tournament long after dropping the first set to Bergman, rallying to win the next two sets by winning 12 of the final 16 games to claim the city championship.
In the doubles final, the Bronx Science duo of Sofie Levine and Christina Huynh notched a 6-0, 6-0 win over Beacon’s Sofie Shen and Niki Truszkowski to win the PSAL title.
Levine and Huynh had to get past their Bronx Science teammates and top-seeds Alana Rosenthal and Klara Wichterle in the quarterfinals, doing so with a 10-1 victory. The pair then carried the momentum into the semifinals, nailing down a 10-0 win over the Cardozo duo of Kristine Ngo and Renuka Surujnarain, before posting the straight-set win in the finals.