Nov. 3, 2016
FLUSHING, N.Y. – Three Buckeyes claimed victory in the opening round of the ITA/USTA Indoor Singles Championships in Flushing, N.Y. on Thursday. Top-seeds Mikael Torpegaard and Francesca Di Lorenzo as well as junior Hugo Di Feo all won in decisive two-set fashion.
Torpegaard faced Texas’ Christian Sigsgaard who made in impressive run out of qualifying at the ITA All-American Championships in September. The Buckeye broke Sigsgaard in his first service game and would hold that edge to a 6-4 victory in the first. He then rolled to a 6-0 win in the second set to advance. He will square-off with Virginia’s JC Aragone who won the Atlantic Regional title last month.
Di Feo took on North Carolina’s Ronnie Schneider who received one of six at-large entries into the event. The first set was on serve until Di Feo broke at 5-3. He was broken back by Schneider at 5-4 but closed-out the set with a second-straight break of Schneider to win 6-4.
In the second, Schneider took the early lead with a break at 3-1 but Di Feo was able to even the set at 4-4. After trading holds in the next three games, the Montreal native won the match with his fourth break of the day at 7-5. Di Feo will take on Georgia Tech’s Chris Eubanks in the round of 16 on Friday morning. Eubanks, who was a quarterfinalist at the All-American Championships, knocked-off No. 3-seed Yuta Ita of Texas in three sets.
Di Lorenzo, the No. 1 seed on the women’s side, dropped just one game in each set in her first set victory over Claudia Herrero of Nevada. The Buckeye sophomore won the first five games of the first set, coming back from down 15-40 to hold for a 5-0 lead. Herrero won the next game, but Di Lorenzo closed the set out in the ensuing game. In the second set, Di Lorenzo again won the first five games, breaking for a 5-0 lead. The players exchanged breaks to close out the match.
In the round of 16 Friday, Di Lorenzo will face Karla Popovic of California, who won her first round match in three sets. The quarterfinals will also be played Friday.