Pro Circuit Round-up:
Di Lorenzo wins first title as a pro
Sally Milano | January 29, 2018
A year ago, Francesca Di Lorenzo was a full-time student at Ohio State and one of the biggest stars in college tennis. Now, just a month after turning professional, she is celebrating her first title on the USTA Pro Circuit.
Di Lorenzo picked up her first title as a pro Sunday at the Saddlebrook USTA Pro Circuit Women's 25K tournament in Wesley Chapel, Fla., where she defeated world junior No. 1 Whitney Osuigwe, 6-2, 1-6, 6-4, in the final. She upset two seeded players en route to the championship – No. 8 Renata Zarazua of Mexico, 6-4, 6-2, in the second round and top-seeded Anhelina Kalinina of Ukraine, 5-7, 6-4, 6-3, in the quarterfinals – before edging 15-year-old Osuigwe in the one-hour, 56-minute final.
A 20-year-old from New Albany, Ohio, Di Lorenzo turned pro in December after spending two full seasons at Ohio State, where she won the 2017 NCAA doubles title – the first NCAA title in Buckeye women's tennis history – and was the top-ranked college player in the country. ADVERTISEMENT The two-time singles All-American and doubles All-American earned Big Ten Player of the Year honors in both 2016 and 2017 and was also named Freshman of the Year in 2016 and the Ohio State Female Athlete of the Year in 2017.
During her two years at Ohio State, Di Lorenzo compiled a 74-7 overall record in singles, ranking first in winning percentage (.914) in program history. She was ranked No. 1 during both her freshman and sophomore seasons and ended last year atop the ITA rankings.
Here are results of other Americans competing last week at USTA Pro Circuit, ITF Circuit and ATP and WTA Oracle Challenger Series events:
- In addition to Di Lorenzo and Osuigwe's performances in Wesley Chapel, Maria Sanchez advanced to the singles quarterfinals at the tournament.
- Danielle Collins won the singles title at the WTA $125,000 Oracle Challenger Series event in Newport Beach, Calif. Nicole Gibbs and Sachia Vickery reached the singles quarterfinals, and Jamie Loeb captured the doubles title at the tournament.
- Junior Ore reached the doubles final at the $15,000 USTA Futures in Sunrise, Fla.
- Taylor Fritz won the singles title, and Bradley Klahn finished runner-up at the ATP $150,000 Oracle Challenger Series event in Newport Beach. In other singles action, Reilly Opelka reached the semifinals, and Noah Rubin advanced to the quarterfinals, while, in doubles, James Cerretani won the title and Denis Kudla reached the final at the event.