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Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Six Americans Advance to Quarterfinals at Grade 1 Banana Bowl; New Division I Rankings, with Ohio State's Di Lorenzo and Wake Forest's Chrysochos Retaining No. 1 Spots

The quarterfinals are set in the ITF Grade 1 Banana Bowl in Brazil, with four US girls and two US boys advancing with third round victories today.

Three of the girls are seeded, and none of four play each other in Thursday's quarterfinals.

No. 10 seed Ann Li defeated No. 5 seed Maria Jose Portillo Ramirez of Mexico 6-3, 6-3; No. 11 seed Whitney Osuigwe downed No. 6 seed Fernanda Labrana of Chile 6-3, 6-4 and No. 12 seed Hailey Baptiste beat No. 8 seed Anastasia Iamachkine of Peru 6-1, 6-2.  Victoria Flores, the only unseeded American, reached the second Grade 1 quarterfinal of her career, both coming this year, with a 6-3, 6-3 win over No. 7 seed Viktoria Morvayova of Slovakia. Top seed Emily Appleton of Great Britain, who faces Li on Thursday, is the only single digit seed remaining.

No. 12 seed Patrick Kypson and No. 8 seed Danny Thomas were beaten today, but No. 15 seed Alexandre Rotsaert and No. 6 seed Gianni Ross have advanced to the boys quarterfinals.  Ross defeated No. 11 seed Axel Geller of Argentina 6-3, 4-6, 7-6(3) and Rotsaert eliminated unseeded Matias Soto of Chile 6-1, 7-5. Rotsaert and Ross will play each other in the quarterfinals Thursday.

In doubles, Elysia Bolton and Vanessa Ong took out top seeds Appleton and Thaisa Pedretti of Brazil 6-3, 7-6(9) in the second round. Four all-USA girls teams have advanced to Thursday's doubles quarterfinals, along with Flores, who is playing with Argentina's Paula Baranano. Two all USA boys teams remain in doubles, along with Sam Riffice, who is playing with Brazil's Thiago Seyboth Wild.

The ITA Men's Division I team rankings were released today, but due to this weekend's National Team Indoor, there are no ITA team rankings for women.

ITA Men's Team Top 10 (previous ranking in parentheses)
1. Virginia (1)
2. Wake Forest (2)
3. Ohio State (3)
4. Cal (4)
5. North Carolina (7)
6. Florida (11)
T7. UCLA (6)
T7. Northwestern (9)
9. USC (8)
10. Georgia (5)

The USTA's first poll was released today, with eight college tennis experts submitting their votes.  For the full Top 25 and an explanation of the vote tallying, click on the header link. The ITA's release is here.

USTA MEN'S TOP TEN: (votes received in parentheses)
1. Virginia (146)
2. Ohio State (140)
T3. Wake Forest (135)
T3. Florida (135)
5. California (114)
6. USC (112)
7. UCLA (110)
T8. North Carolina (108)
T8. Northwestern (108)
10. Georgia (94)

1. Florida (149)
2. North Carolina (143)
3. Stanford (129)
4. Pepperdine (128)
T5. Ohio State (126)
T5. Oklahoma State (126)
7. Georgia (116)
8. California (105)
9. Vanderbilt (99)
10. Georgia Tech (93)

Individual rankings were released today for the first time in five weeks with Francesca DiLorenzo of Ohio State retaining her No. 1 ranking. The big movers were Vanderbilt's Sydney Campbell, who went from 19 to 8 and Stanford's Melissa Lord, who was unranked in January, but now is 13.  The ITA's release is here.

ITA Women's Singles Top 10: (previous ranking in parentheses)
1. Francesca DiLorenzo, Ohio State (1)
2. Sara Daavettila, North Carolina (3)
3. Ena Shibahara, UCLA (4)
4. Astra Sharma, Vanderbilt (2)
5. Hayley Carter, North Carolina (5)
6. Sinead Lohan, Miami (6)
7. Luisa Stefani, Pepperdine (8)
8. Sydney Campbell, Vanderbilt (19)
9. Blaire Shankle, Baylor (7)
10. Viktoriya Lushkova, Oklahoma St (11)

ITA Women's Doubles Top 5:
1. Aldila Sutjiadi  and Mami Adachi, Kentucky (1)
2. Hayley Carter and Jessie Aney, North Carolina (2)
3. Kate Fahey and Alex Najarian, Michigan (4)
4. Christine Maddox and Mayar Sherif Ahmed, Pepperdine (3)
5. Vladica Babic and Carla Tur Mari, Oklahoma State (11)

Not much change in the men's Top 10, with the only newcomer in the Top 10 Florida's Alfredo Perez.

ITA Men's Singles Top 10: (previous ranking in parentheses)
1. Petros Chrysochos, Wake Forest (1)
2. Mikael Torpegaard, Ohio State (2)
3. Nunon Borges, Mississippi State (T6)
4. Christopher Eubanks, Georgia Tech (9)
5. Christian Sigsgaard, Texas (T6)
6. Mike Redlicki, Arkansas (3)
7. Tom Fawcett, Stanford (8)
8. Hugo Di Feo, Ohio State (5)
9. Alfredo Perez, Florida (13)
10. Skander Mansouri, Wake Forest (4)

ITA Men's Doubles Top 5:
1. Christian Seraphim and Skander Mansouri, Wake Forest (1)
2. Jack Findel-Hawkins and Lasse Muscheites, North Florida (12)
3. Filip Bergevi and Florian Lakat, Cal, (2)
4. Jathan Malik and Kevin Wong, Michigan (6)
5. Arjun Kadhe and Julian Cash, Oklahoma State (5)

Full rankings can be found by clicking on the headers above.