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Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Few Changes in This Week's ITA Division I Rankings; Anisimova Ousts Moore at Indian Harbour Beach $80K; Wild Cards Rotsaert, Blanch Open Little Rock Futures with Wins

For all the noteworthy results this year, the ITA Division I rankings have not reflected the idea, voiced by many, that there is unusual parity this year when it comes to NCAA title contenders.

The Florida women have been No. 1 all year, even after a loss to Georgia that ended their home winning streak at 163.  The men have had three different No. 1s, with Virginia, Ohio State and the current leader Wake Forest, which has been at the top of the rankings for five weeks.

The singles and doubles rankings have also been quite stable, and again this week it is Ohio State's Francesca Di Lorenzo and Mikael Torpegaard at the top spot in singles. Florida's Belinda Woolcock is the only new member of the women's singles Top 10. Alfredo Perez of Florida and Tom Fawcett of Stanford have returned to the Top 10 this week. Click on the headers of the lists below for the complete rankings.

Women's team Top 10 (previous ranking in parentheses):
1. Florida (1)
2. Georgia (2)
3. North Carolina (4)
4. Ohio State (3)
5. Vanderbilt (7)
6. Georgia Tech (6)
7. Texas Tech University (5)
8. Oklahoma State (9)
9. Michigan (8)
10. Stanford (10)

Women's singles Top 10:
1. Francesca Di Lorenzo, Ohio State (1)
2. Hayley Carter, North Carolina (3)
3. Ena Shibahara, UCLA (2)
4. Astra Sharma, Vanderbilt (4)
5. Blair Shankle, Baylor University (5)
6. Viktoriya Lushkova, Oklahoma State (6)
7. Belinda Woolcock, Florida (13)
8. Sara Daavettila, North Carolina (6)
9. Luisa Stefani, Pepperdine (8)
10. Gabriela Talaba, Texas Tech (10)

Women's doubles Top 5:
1. Hayley Carter and Jessie Aney, North Carolina (1)
2. Aldila Sutjiadi and Mami Adachi, Kentucky (2)
3. Jasmine Lee and Lisa Marie Rioux, Mississippi State(5)
4. Rutuja Bhosale and Rachel Pierson, Texas A&M (6)
5. Astra Sharma and Emily Smith, Vanderbilt (10)

Men's team Top 10:
1. Wake Forest (1)
2. Ohio State University (2)
3. Virginia (4)
4. Baylor University (3)
5. Oklahoma State (8)
6. Southern California (5)
7. UCLA (10)
8. Texas (6)
9. TCU (9)
10. Texas A&M (7)

Men's singles Top 10:
1. Mikael Torpegaard, Ohio State (1)
2. Petros Chrysochos, Wake Forest University (2)
3. Cameron Norrie, TCU (3)
4. Nuno Borges, Mississippi State (4)
5. Christopher Eubanks, Georgia Tech (5)
6. Aleks Vukic, Illinois (6)
7. Huge Di Feo, Ohio State (7)

8. Arthur Rinderknech, Texas A&M (8)
9. Alfredo Perez, Florida (11)
10. Tom Rawcett, Stanford (17)

Men's doubles Top 5:
1. Christian Seraphim and Skander Mansouri, Wake Forest (1) 1
2. Jan Zielinski and Robert Loeb, Georgia (3)
3. Arjun Kadhe and Julian Cash, Oklahoma State (5)
4. Filip Bergevi and Florian Lakat, California (2)
5. Jack Findel-Hawkins and Lasse Muscheites North Florida (6)

For more on the rankings and a look at who is likely to make the NCAAs ($), see College Tennis Today.

Fifteen-year-old Amanda Anisimova advanced to the second round of the $80,000 Women's USTA Pro Circuit tournament at Indian Harbour Beach, beating No. 6 seed Tara Moore of Great Britain 4-6, 6-1, 7-5 in the feature night match.  Anisimova, who got her first WTA Top 100 win back in February, saved three break points at 3-4 in the third set and broke the 152nd-ranked Moore in the next game to serve for the match. She went up 30-0, but lost the next four points. Anisimova broke Moore again for another chance to serve it out, and although it took two match points, she got the victory.

Kaitlyn Christian, Quinn Gleason and Brianna Morgan qualified with wins today, and Kristie Ahn won her first round match. No. 3 seed Taylor Townsend lost to Anna Zaja of Germany 3-6, 7-6(3), 7-5.

At the $25,000 Women's Pro Circuit event in Pelham Alabama, Americans Usue Arconada [4], Emina Bektas, Sanaz Marand, Sophie Chang and qualifier Keri Wong picked up wins. Bektas defeated No. 3 seed Katherine Sebov of Canada 6-3, 6-2. Top seed Michelle Larcher de Brito of Portugal lost to Ulrikke Eikeri of Norway 6-3, 6-4.

It was a good day for teenage wild cards at the men's $25,000 Little Rock Futures, with 19-year-old Ulises Blanch and 17-year-old Alexandre Rotsaert picking up victories in first round action. Blanch defeated No. 8 seed Ante Pavic of Croatia 7-6(3), 7-6(4) and Rotsaert beat Filipp Kekercheni of Ukraine 6-3, 6-2.