COLUMBUS, Ohio – Three members of the Ohio State women’s tennis team will open play in the NCAA Singles Championship Monday, with a doubles tandem getting underway Tuesday. All matches are scheduled to be played at the Khan Outdoor Tennis Complex in Champaign, Ill., and expected to be streamed through the TennisOne app, with live scoring available. One round is slated for each day, with the championships set for Saturday.
Junior Irina Cantos Siemers, a No. 9-16 seed, senior Isabelle Boulais and freshman Sydni Ratliff are all in the singles draw, the first time Ohio State will have three players competing in the same season. Cantos Siemers was the Big Ten’s automatic qualifier and Boulais was an at-large selection. Ratliff moved into the draw after starting as the No. 4 alternate. Cantos Siemers and Ratliff earned the Big Ten’s automatic berth into the doubles tournament.
Singles is a 64-player draw, with 32 teams in the doubles bracket, with both single elimination. Cantos Siemers will take on Tatiana Makarova of Texas A&M at 11 a.m. ET Monday. Boulais will face Sabina Machalova of Ole Miss at 1 p.m. ET and Ratliff will take on No. 2 seed Peyton Stearns of Texas at 8 p.m. ET. In doubles, Cantos Siemers and Ratliff will meet North Carolina’s Elizabeth Scotty and Fiona Crawley, the No. 2 seed, in the first round Tuesday.
All matches will be best-of-three sets. No-ad scoring and a seven-point tiebreaker (first to seven points, must win by two points) at six-games-all will be used for all matches. In doubles, a 10-point match tiebreaker will be played in lieu of a third set.
Cantos Siemers is making her second straight singles appearance in the NCAA Championships and Boulais was also in the NCAA singles tournament as a freshman in 2019. They are the third and fourth Buckeyes to make multiple NCAA singles appearances. Ratliff is the fourth Buckeye to compete in the singles tournament as a freshman and the third in doubles in her first collegiate campaign. Cantos Siemers and Ratliff are two of now four Buckeyes to earn singles and doubles berths in the same season.
Cantos Siemers, who has been ranked in the Top 15 all season, is 34-9 overall in singles this year. Boulais is 17-11, with Ratliff 28-10. Cantos Siemers and Ratliff, who won the ITA Midwest Regional championship in the fall, have compiled a 15-6 record on the year.