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Thursday, June 1, 2017

Ohio State's Di Lorenzo, TCU's Norrie Finish Atop NCAA Division I Rankings; Three American Juniors Advance to Final Round of Qualifying at French Open; Isner, Anderson Advance in Men's Draw

The final rankings for Division I men's and women's singles and doubles were released on Wednesday, with Ohio State sophomore Francesca Di Lorenzo and TCU junior Cameron Norrie finishing as the top-ranked singles players in the country.  Norrie has already announced he will not be returning for his senior year; Di Lorenzo, who won both Division I collegiate majors last fall, has not commented on her plans for 2017-18.

Both NCAA champions, Brienne Minor of Michigan and Thai Kwiatkowski of Virginia, finished the season ranked No. 9.  Of the four NCAA champions, only Oklahoma's Spencer Papa and Andrew Harris, who were unseeded in Athens, finished at No. 1.

The team rankings, announced last week, have the Virginia men and Florida women finishing at the top, as expected. I can't remember the last time an NCAA team champion didn't end at No. 1.

The women's singles Top 10: (full list available by clicking on headings)
1. Francesca Di Lorenzo, Ohio State
2. Astra Sharma, Vanderbilt
3. Hayley Carter , North Carolina
4. Ena Shibahara, UCLA
5. Belinda Woolcock, Florida
6. Blair Shankle, Baylor
7. Sydney Campbell, Vanderbilt
8. Gabriela Talaba, Texas Tech
9. Brienne Minor, Michigan
10. Viktoriya Lushkova, Oklahoma State

The women's doubles Top 5:
1. Christine Maddox and Mayar Sherif Ahmed, Pepperdine
2. Erin Routliffe and Maddie Pothoff, Alabama
3. Francesca Di Lorenzo and Miho Kowase, Ohio State
4. Aldila Sutjiadi and Mami Adachi, Kentucky
5. Hayley Carter and Jessie Aney, North Carolina

The women's team Top 10:
1. Florida
2. Stanford
3. Ohio State
4. Vanderbilt
5. North Carolina
6. Georgia
7. Texas Tech
8. Pepperdine
9. Georgia Tech
10. Oklahoma State

The men's singles Top 10:
1. Cameron Norrie, TCU
2. Mikael Torpegaard, Ohio State
3. Nuno Borges, Mississippi State
4. Petros Chrysochos, Wake Forest
5. Arthur Rinderknech, Texas A&M
6. William Blumberg, North Carolina
7. Aleks Vukic, Illinois
8. Christopher Eubanks, Georgia Tech
9. Thai Kwiatkowski, Virginia
10. Alfredo Perez, Florida

The men's doubles Top 10:
1. Spencer Papa and Andrew Harris, Oklahoma
2. Christian Seraphim and Skander Mansouri, Wake Forest
3. Jan Zielinski and Robert Loeb, Georgia
4. William Blumberg and Robert Kelly, North Carolina
5. Martin Redlicki and Evan Zhu, UCLA

1. Virginia
2. Wake Forest 
3. North Carolina
4. Ohio State 
6. Southern California
7. Georgia
8. TCU
9. Baylor 
10. California

In other Division I college news, Sam Paul of North Carolina was named ITA Men's National Coach of the Year. The men's coach of the year is the only ITA award handed out after the NCAA championships. A list of all the other ITA national winners can be found here.

At the French Open Junior Championships qualifying, three of the four Americans have advanced to the final round. Amanda Meyer[12] defeated Malene Helgo of Norway 7-6(6), 7-6(4), Hurricane Tyra Black[7] defeated Thasaporn Naklo of Thailand 6-1, 6-3 and Lukas Greif[15] downed Joao Lucas Reis da Silva of Brazil 6-3, 6-1.  Andrew Fenty[16] lost to wild card Valentin Royer of France 6-3, 7-5.  Meyer, Black and Greif can reach the main draw, which begins on Sunday, with victories on Friday.

At the ITF Grade 1 in Belgium, all the Americans have been eliminated in singles, with top seed Trent Bryde losing in today's quarterfinals to unseeded Thomas Bosancic of Australia, retiring down 6-2, 1-0.  No. 6 seed Alexandre Rotsaert also lost in today's quarterfinals, falling to No. 3 seed Zizou Bergs of Belgium 6-3, 6-4, although Rotsaert has reached the doubles final with Ajeet Rai of New Zealand.

Today at Roland Garros, No. 21 seed John Isner was the only one of four Americans in action to advance, beating Paolo Lorenzi of Italy 6-3, 7-6(3), 7-6(2). Varvara Lepchenko, Taylor Townsend and No. 12 seed Madison Keys dropped their second round matches.

Former University of Illinois All-American Kevin Anderson of South Africa took out No. 18 seed Nick Kyrgios of Australia 5-7, 6-4, 6-1, 6-2. For more on Anderson's comeback from an injury-marred 2016, see this article from the tournament website.

On Friday, the remaining five Americans will aim for a place in the round of 16, with Steve Johnson[25], qualifier Bethanie Mattek-Sands, CiCi Bellis, Shelby Rogers and Venus Williams[10] on the schedule.


Austin said...

2009 USC was ranked 4th in final poll. They were artificially bumped to #1 because they won title and it was rule.

College Fan said...

Austin, yes, same with UCLA in 2005 who beat defending champ Baylor. Also, UGA was the #10 seed and won in 1999. Ended #1.