Francesca Di Lorenzo, a Buckeye women’s tennis All-American from New Albany who turned professional in 2017, is competing at Wimbledon this week.
In the qualifying bracket, Di Lorenzo opened play vs. Maryna Zavevska, winning in straight sets, with a tiebreaker in each. In the first set, Di Lorenzo led 5-4 before Zaverska of Belgium won two games in a row for a 6-5 advantage. Di Lorenzo responded with a break to force a tiebreaker and won 7-4 for the first set, capturing four of the last five points in the breaker. The players were tied at 2 through the first four games of the second set before Zanevska won three in a row for a 5-2 advantage. Di Lorenzo answered, with three games in a row of her own to tie the set at 5. Each player held for 6-all. Di Lorenzo won the tiebreaker, 7-3, to advance.
Moving on! Di Lorenzo wins her first qualifying match at @Wimbledon, downing Zanevska in straight sets.
— Ohio State Women’s Tennis (@OhioStateWTEN) June 25, 2019
Di Lorenzo, ranked No. 160 in singles, faced fellow American Lauren Davis, the No. 3 seed in qualifying who is ranked No. 96, in the second round. In the first set, Di Lorenzo led 2-1 early and was ahead 4-3 after a hold. Davis won the final three games for a 6-3 first set victory. In the second set, Davis was up 5-3 before back-to-back games from Di Lorenzo, including a break for 5-all, tied the match. Davis answered with a break and then held for a 7-5 set victory and the match.