Nov. 1, 2017
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Four members of the Ohio State women’s tennis team are in California for the 2017 Oracle ITA National Fall Championships, which run Wednesday-Sunday at the JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort & Spa and the Indian Wells Tennis Garden in Palm Desert, Calif.
This is the inaugural year of the event, which replaces the ITA National Indoor Championships that were held in New York each fall. Players qualified for the tournament through designated placings at earlier ITA National Championships and the ITA Regional Championships.
Day 1 (Wednesday)
Freshman Shiori Fukuda opened play in the 64-player singles draw against Vanderbilt’s Christina Rosca, who began the fall ranked 47th. The Buckeye won the first set, 6-4. In the second, Fukuda fell behind 2-5, but won the final five games to clinch the set, 7-5, and the match.
In the 32-team doubles draw, both Buckeye teams fell in the first round. Fukuda and her freshman classmate Maria Tyrina took on the No. 7 seed, Paige Hourigan and Kenya Jones of Georgia Tech, with the Yellow Jackets prevailing, 6-2, 6-2.
Day Two (Thursday)
In singles, Shiori Fukuda faced No. 12 seed Michaela Gordon of Stanford. In the first set, Gordon jumped out to a 4-0 lead. Fukuda broke and held to get to 4-2, but Gordon won the last two games for the set. Each player held to open the second set. Fukuda followed with a break, part of a four-game run, to go ahead 4-1. Gordon then took control of the match, winning the final five games to claim the set, 6-4, and advance to the Round of 16.
In doubles, the Buckeye tandems dropped their consolation matches. The duo of Fukuda and Maria Tyrina took on Grib and Veksler of Florida International. The Buckeyes won the first set, 6-4, before the Panthers won the second, 6-2. The match went to a tiebreaker, with FIU prevailing, 10-7.