Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Seven Division I ITA Regional Champions Crowned; Di Lorenzo Beats No. 2 Seed Schmiedlova in Florence $25K; American Men Move on in Las Vegas Challenger, Harlingen Futures

The Division I ITA Regional Championships began last weekend, with five women's championships and two men's championships now in the books, with 17 remaining to be completed by next Monday. The winners receive automatic entry into the Oracle Fall Championships next month in Indian Wells. The results of the finals are below, with links to complete draws available at the ITA's webpage.

Women Singles/Doubles:

Marianna Petrei, Idaho, def. Linda Huang, Colorado 7-5, 6-4
Julia O'Laughlin and Hada Chang, Denver def. Marianna Petrei and Lucia Badillos, Idaho 6-3, 6-3

Ohio Valley:
Justina Mikulskyte, Kentucky def. Silvia Ambrosio, Purdue 7-6(9), 6-3
Mami Adachi and Akvile Parazinskaite, Kentucky def. Justina Mikulskyte and Lesedi Jacobs, Kentucky 6-4, 3-6, 10-8

Chiara Lommer, Michigan def. Shiori Fukudu, Ohio State 6-0, 6-4
Erin Larner and Madeline Lipp, Northwestern def. Lee Or and Alexandria Chatt, Northwestern 8-4 (I don't know why this regional did not play three sets in the final)

Natalie Novotna, Virginia Tech def. Rose Johanson, Virginia 6-1 6-4
Meghan Kelley and Rosie Johanson, Virginia def. Cassie Mercer and Teodora Radosavljevic, Virginia 6-7(5), 6-3, 10-7

Bianca Turati, Texas def. Petra Granic, Texas 7-5, 6-3
Lindsey Hodge and Wendy Zhang, Rice def. Marta Perez Mur and Dani Wagland, Texas 3-6, 6-4, 10-8

Men Singles/Doubles

Walker Duncan, Georgia def. Wayne Montgomery, Georgia 6-2, 6-3
Robert Loeb and Jan Zielinski, Georgia def. Oliver Crawford and Chase Perez-Blanco, Florida 6-4, 6-2

Carolina: Henry Patten, UNC-Asheville def. Alex Favarot, Clemson 6-3, 6-1
Christian Seraphim and Julian Zlobinsky, Wake Forest def. Alexis Galarneau and Michael Ogden, NC State 2-6, 6-3, 10-0

The USTA Pro Circuit has three events this week, with a $25,000 women's event in Florence South Carolina, a $25,000 men's Futures in Harlingen Texas and a $50,000 Challenger in Las Vegas Nevada.

A complete rainout on Monday meant the women still in qualifying had to play two matches today, but the qualifying is now complete. Jada Robinson, Hanna Chang, and Sabrina Santamaria(USC) are the Americans through to the main draw, with former Alabama star Erin Routliffe of New Zealand also advancing.

Five main draw matches were also played today, with Ohio State junior Francesca Di Lorenzo beating No. 2 seed Anna Karolina Schmiedlova of Slovakia 2-6, 6-3, 6-4.  The 23-year-old Schmiedlova, now 163, has been as high as 26 in the WTA rankings, but struggled to win matches on the tour last year and has been playing on the ITF Pro Circuit this year.  Taylor Townsend, last week's champion in Sumter, is the top seed and will face Wimbledon finalist Ann Li, a wild card, in the first round Wednesday.

The first round is complete in Las Vegas, with nine American men through to the second round: Tennys Sandgren[1], Stefan Kozlov[4], Kevin King, Marcos Giron, Michael Mmoh[6], Bradley Klahn, Evan King, Reilly Opelka[8] and qualifier Jared Hiltzik.  Great Britain's Cameron Norrie, who took last week off after winning two consecutive $100,000 Challengers in Northern California, is the No. 2 seed.  Fairfield Challenger champion Mackenzie McDonald withdrew with a hamstring injury.

In Harlingen, former Ole Miss star Nik Scholtz of South Africa is the No. 1 seed, with No. 2 seed Dennis Nevolo(Illinois) already through to the second round with a 6-2, 6-0 win over wild card DJ Thomas.  Ohio State sophomore JJ Wolf, another wild card, also advanced as did Illinois senior Aron Hiltzik and No. 7 seed Ulises Blanch.  Texas A&M senior Jordi Arconada received a wild card and Sebastian Korda, a finalist last week in Houston, received a special exemption into the main draw.  They, like unseeded Houston champion Thai Kwiatkowski, play their first round matches Wednesday.