Kana Daniel isn’t the type to call out of work.
Unless, of course, it’s a week like this.
“I started an internship two weeks ago,” said Daniel, a standout tennis player at the University of Pennsylvania who is competing in the US Open National Playoffs qualifying this week in New Jersey. “I asked right away if I could skip work for this tournament.”
Luckily for Daniel, no one minded.
Daniel, an Economics major at Penn, advanced to the semi-finals of the women’s singles draw Monday by defeating former New Jersey state champ Christina Rosca 6-2, 2-6, 6-3. The match took more than three hours. After the match, she took a cold shower, stretched and relaxed while preparing for her doubles match that went off at 2:45.
Daniel and her teammate lost in doubles, and this morning, she dropped a 6-3, 6-2 match in the semis.
Even with a disappointing finish, Daniel said her purpose this week was to get more match experience and enjoy the tournament. It’s not the type of event she’d miss, as the First-Team All-Ivy League singles and doubles player at Penn grew up training in Spain and has traveled around the world playing tennis.
Daniel also has quite the tennis family. Her brother, Taro, is currently ranked No. 115 in ATP World Rankings and has competed in the US Open, French Open and Australian Open.
“It’s a fun tournament, it’s great to be out here playing,” said Daniel, who speaks Japanese, English and Spanish.
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