May 22, 2019

Former Buckeyes Competing in French Open


PARIS, France – Former Buckeye standouts Mikael Torpegaard, Blaz Rola and Francesca Di Lorenzo are competing in the Roland Garros French Open in Paris.

On Tuesday, former Ohio State All American Mikael Torpegaard was victorious in his opening qualifier, defeating world No. 166 Noah Rubin, 6-2, 6-2. Torpegaard, ranked No. 224 in the world, started the match in dominant fashion, quickly going up 4-0 on Rubin in the opening set. Rubin and Torpegaard would go on to trade a couple sets before the Denmark-native would take the inaugural set 6-2. The second set was much more competitive between the two, with Rubin leading 2-1 after three sets. However, the former All-American would win five straight sets over Rubin and take the second set and match 6-2, 6-2.

Torpegaard took on world ranked No. 115 Yannick Maden on Wednesday, falling to the German-native 4-6, 6-4, 2-6 in the second round of qualifying. Torpegaard led 4-2 in the opening set, but Maden would storm back to take it 6-4. Mikael would respond in the second set with a comeback of his own. Down 1-3 in the second set, Torpegaard mounted a comeback to take it 6-4. However Maden would come out on top in the third and final set to take the match.

Also competing at Roland Garros, representing the men’s side for Ohio State, was former All-American Blaz Rola. Rola, the 2011 ITA National Player To Watch, and an All-American in 2011 with 41 singles wins and 34 doubles win, took on No. 114 Dennis Novak of Austria on Tuesday. Rola, ranked No. 188 in the world, was dominant in his opening set, taking it 6-2 in quick fashion. Blaz would follow it up with another dominant showing, taking the set and match, 6-2, 6-3.

Meeting the Slovenia-native in the second round on Wednesday was Roberto Quirroz, ranked No. 223 in the world. Once again, Rola was outstanding on the clay courts in Paris. For the second-consecutive match, Rola was victorious 6-2, 6-3. Up next for Rola in the third round will be the winner of Daniel Elahi Galan (No. 233) and Adrian Menendez-Maceiras (No. 150).

Competing on the women’s side and representing The Ohio State University is former phenom Francesca Di Lorenzo. Di Lorenzo last played for the Buckeyes in 2017 where she posted a singles record of 37-2 and a doubles record of 29-3. Di Lorenzo, back-to-back Big Ten Player of the Year, was an All-American in singles in 2016 and 2017, as well as an All-American in doubles in 2017 when she won the NCAA Doubles Championship with Miho Kowase.

On Wednesday, Di Lorenzo, ranked No. 155, took on world No. 114 Christina McHale. Di Lorenzo defeated McHale in a hard-fought match, 7-5, 7-6 (6). The first set was back and forth between the two, as they traded sets. After 10 games, the match was tied 5-5, but Di Lorenzo kicked into a second gear and would take the first set 7-5.  As if the first set wasn’t competitive enough, the second set was even closer, with a tiebreaker needed for Di Lorenzo to take the match.

Di Lorenzo will face world No. 167 Giulia Gatto-Monticone of Italy on Thursday in the second round.