Francesca Di Lorenzo, an All-American and national champion at Ohio State, won three matches in qualifying at the US Open to earn a spot in the main draw. The native of New Albany, Ohio, will take the court in the main draw of a Grand Slam for the first time Tuesday.
That moment when … you’re heading to the @USOpen main draw!
— Ohio State Women’s Tennis (@OhioStateWTEN) August 24, 2018
Di Lorenzo won all three qualifying matches in straight sets. She topped Verónica Cepede Royg, 6-4, 7-6, in the first round, Antonia Lottner, 6-4, 7-5, in the second round and topped Mona Barthel, the No. 8 seed in qualifying who has been ranked as high as No. 23 in the world, 6-4, 6-2, to advance.
In singles, she is currently ranked No. 193 and reached a career high of No. 171 in June.
Di Lorenzo sat down with the Tennis Channel to talk about advancing – and even gave a shoutout to the Ohio State staff.
Francesca Di Lorenzo is in to the #USOpen main draw.
— Tennis Channel (@TennisChannel) August 24, 2018
Di Lorenzo was a 2018 recipient of an Oracle US Tennis Award, a $100,000 grant to help develop the tennis careers of new American professionals.
Francesca Di Lorenzo is the first 🇺🇸 through to the #USOpen main draw! She just scored a 6-4, 6-2 win over M. Barthel in the final round of qualifying.
Read more: https://t.co/zhfMLPXouf
— USTA (@usta) August 24, 2018
As a Buckeye, Di Lorenzo won the NCAA Doubles Championship with Miho Kowase in 2016, the first NCAA title in program history. She was a three-time ITA national champion, claiming the USTA/ITA National Indoors title in New York twice and capturing the Rivieria All-American Championship in 2016. She was a two-time singles All-American and a doubles All-American, as well as a CoSIDA Academic All-American. The 2017 Ohio State Female Athlete of the Year, Di Lorenzo, who was 74-7 overall in singles and 55-7 in doubles, received back-to-back Big Ten Player of the Year awards. She and the squad won B1G regular season and tournament titles, reached the NCAA quarterfinals in 2016 and advanced to the NCAA semifinals in 2017.