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Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Shibahara, Torpegaard Top Preseason Rankings; NCAA Accepts LSU Women's Self-Imposed Penalties for Minor Violations; Wu Beats Polansky in Shanghai Challenger

The ITA released the preseason Oracle ITA Division I rankings for singles, doubles and newcomers today.  These rankings are done via ballot, not computer, and are the only published rankings for the fall individual season, with the next published rankings in January.

Women's Singles Top Ten:

1 Ena Shibahara UCLA
2 Gabriela Talaba Texas Tech University
3 Ashley Lahey Pepperdine University
4 Sara Daavettila University of North Carolina
5 Karla Popovic California
6 Kate Fahey University of Michigan
7 Melissa Lord Stanford University
8 Sinead Lohan University of Miami
9 Alizee Michaud Auburn University
10 Eleni Christofi University of Georgia

Women's Freshmen-Newcomer rankings:

1 Michaela Haet Rice University
2 Michaela Gordon Stanford University
3 Michaela Bayerlova Washington State University
4 Kelly Chen   Duke University
5 Sabina Machalova University of Mississippi
6 Alexandra Sanford University of North Carolina
7 Victoria Flores Georgia Tech
8 Ida Jarlskog Georgia Tech
9 Eliza Omirou Wake Forest University
10 Veronica Miroshnichenko Loyola Marymount University

Women's Doubles Top Five:

1 Kate Fahey and Alex Najarian University of Michigan
2 Alizee Michaud and Taylor Russo Auburn University
3 Paige Hourigan and Kenya Jones Georgia Tech
4 Jada Hart and Ena Shibahara UCLA
5 Maddie Lipp and Alex Chatt  Northwestern University

The complete women's rankings are here.

Men's Singles Top Ten:

1 Mikael Torpegaard Ohio State University
2 Nuno Borges Mississippi State University
3 Petros Chrysochos Wake Forest University
4 Arthur Rinderknech Texas A&M University
5 William Blumberg University of North Carolina
6 Aleks Vukic University of Illinois
7 Alfredo Perez University of Florida
8 Tom Fawcett Stanford University
9 William Bushamuka University of Kentucky
10 Skander Mansouri Wake Forest University

Men's Freshmen-Newcomer rankings:
1 Axel Geller   Stanford University
2 John McNally Ohio State University
3 Daniel Cukierman USC
4 Michael Geerts Arizona State University
5 Oliver Crawford University of Florida
6 Gabriel Decamps University of Central Florida
7 Francisco Cerundolo University of South Carolina
8 Antonioni Fasano Northwestern University
9 Duarte Vale University of Florida
10 Maxim Tybar Oklahoma State University

Men's Doubles Top Five:

1 Skander Mansouri and Christian Seraphim  Wake Forest
2 Robert Loeb and Jan Zielinski  University of Georgia
3 William Blumberg and Robert Kelly  North Carolina
4 Martin Redlicki and Evan Zhu UCLA
5 Alfredo Perez and Johannes Ingildsen University of Florida

The complete men's rankings are here.

The selections for the ITA All-American tournaments next month have also been released with the women's field listed here and the men's field here.  Stanford freshman Axel Geller will be playing in the main draw in Tulsa, but none of the top three women's freshmen-newcomers are listed as singles entries in Pacific Palisades.

The NCAA investigation into the LSU Women's tennis program is complete and no further sanctions for the Level III (minor) violations the university self-reported will be assessed, with the school's self-imposed penalties accepted.  For more on the results of the investigation, see this article from last Friday on Tiger Rag.

Yibing Wu had very little time to celebrate his US Open boys singles and doubles titles, with a wild card into the Shanghai Challenger too valuable to pass up.  Less than 48 hours after he won the singles title in New York, the 17-year-old was back on the court in Shanghai, facing No. 2 seed and ATP No. 128 Peter Polansky of Canada. Despite the jet lag and little time to process his championships in New York, Wu won the match, beating Polansky 6-3, 7-6(3), while saving 7 of the 8 break points he faced. He will face Shuichi Sekiguchi of Japan in the second round.

Last year's US Open boys champion, 17-year-old Felix Auger-Aliassime of Canada, won his second career Challenger last week in Seville Spain, and moved into the ATP Top 200 at 168. He is among the youngest players to debut into the Top 200 in the past 20 years. For more on his title, see the ATP website.


fan said...

Haet is in Q singles. Levine too, as fellow freshman, which is weird. Even if it's due to Regional Representation..

Colette Lewis said...

So she is. I guess I should have searched on Michael rather Michaela, because they left the "a" off her name.

College Fan said...

Colette, how can SC's Cukierman be a 22 year old Fr.? I thought you began to lose years of eligibility after age 19.

5.0 player said...

Colette, Am I missing something? I couldn't find Di Lorenzo in the women's college rankings.

Colette Lewis said...

I'm not sure Cukierman is a freshman as far as eligibility, but because Israel has mandatory military service, players from there often get waivers for the age rule.

Colette Lewis said...

Di Lorenzo is taking the fall off to compete on Pro Circuit and will decide after the next few months whether she will return to Ohio State.

College Fan said...

Thanks Colette. SC's website lists Cukierman as a Fr. He's certainly played a lot of pro events over the past 12 months for someone in the military.