Irina Cantos Siemers

Player profile

  • Hometown Brussels, Belgium
  • High School Connections Academy
  • Year Sophomore
  • Height 5-7

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Instagram: @irinacantos

Ohio State Career

  • 2022 ITA All-American in singles as a No. 9-16 seed and after ending year ranked 16th; joins Francesca Di Lorenzo as only two-time singles All-Americans in program history
  • 2021 ITA All-American in singles; sixth Buckeye to earn All-America status and fourth to be a singles All-American
  • 2021 and 2022 NCAA Singles Championship qualifier; sixth Buckeye to compete for the national singles title and one of four to compete in singles multiple times
  • 2022 NCAA Doubles Championship qualifier with Sydni Ratliff; one of six Buckeyes to compete in both singles and doubles and one of three to be selected for both in the same season
  • 2021 and 2022 (unanimous) All-Big Ten selection
  • 2021 Big Ten Sportsmanship Award recipient
  • ITA Midwest Regional champion with Ratliff in Fall 2021; tandem ended fall ranked 29th
  • Three-time ITA and Ohio State Scholar-Athlete and two-time Academic All-Big Ten selection Big Ten, as well as 2021 B1G Distinguished Scholar
  • Ranked No. 7 in singles at start of junior year, finishing fall at No. 6 and reaching as high as No. 4 in March; second-highest ranked player in school history, behind only Francesca Di Lorenzo, who reached as high as No. 1;
  • Ended junior year ranked 16th
  • Reached as high as No. 15 in doubles rankings with Ratliff in 2021-22, with duo ending year No. 47
  • Finished sophomore year No. 14 in ITA singles rankings; began year No. 78 before moving to No. 15 in next release (March 25); remained in Top 20 all spring of 2020
  • Ranked in singles and doubles as a freshman, ending year No. 73 nationally in singles and No. 61 in doubles; ranked in doubles for part of sophomore campaign
  • Enters senior spring season 77-29 overall in singles, with 43-12 dual mark; 59-36 as a Buckeye in doubles overall, posting 39-16 dual ledger

Fall 2022 (Senior Season)

  • Started fall ranked No. 10 in singles and No. 24 in doubles with Sydni Ratliff; ended at No. 30 in singles and No. 31 in doubles
  • 6-4 in singles, with 6-5 doubles mark
  • Received Sportsmanship Award at Fall Ranked Spotlight and was 3-1 in singles in the tournament
  • Posted three straight wins to reach doubles consolation final with Ratliff at ITA All-American Championships; 1-1 in singles at the tournament
  • Reached Round of 16 at ITA Midwest Regionals in singles and quarterfinals in doubles

2021-22 (Junior Season)

  • NCAA singles and doubles qualifier, earning Big Ten’s automatic spot in both draws
  • A No. 9-16 seed in the singles draw to earn second All-America accolade
  • Unanimous All-Big Ten selection
  • Ranked in the singles Top 16 all season, reaching a high of No. 4 March 9; second-highest singles ranked player in school history, behind only Francesca Di Lorenzo who reached as high as No. 1 in 2017
  • Reached as high as No. 15 in doubles rankings (March 9) with Sydni Ratliff
  • 34-10 in singles overall, with 26-12 doubles mark
  • 19-4 in dual matches, with a 10-0 mark in Big Ten regular season play; 14-4 on court one and 5-0 on court two in singles; 17-7 doubles dual match ledger, including 9-1 B1G mark
  • Earned B1G Player of the Week honors April 12 after posting a singles win and two doubles victories vs. Michigan and Michigan State; clinched win over the Wolverines
  • Started fall ranked seventh and ended at No. 6 in singles; Ranked No. 29 in doubles with Sydni Ratliff at end of fall season
  • Won ITA Midwest Regional title with Ratliff, with four straight wins; defeated Northwestern duo 8-1 to win title
  • ITA Midwest Regional singles runner-up; won four matches to reach final, with three in three sets; fell to Michigan’s Kari Miller in three sets in championship match
  • Three singles wins at ITA Fall National Championships to reach semifinals
  • At Fall Nationals with Ratliff, lost in the first round, 2-6, 6-4, 12-10 to the No. 2 seed from Texas A&M; notched a consolation win
  •  Finished as group runner-up with Ratliff at Wolfpack Invitational/Ranked Spotlight with 2-1 record and was 3-2 in singles
  • An ITA Scholar-Athlete, Academic All-Big Ten selection and Ohio State Scholar-Athlete

2020-21 (Sophomore Season)

  • ITA All-American in singles
  • Unanimous All-Big Ten honoree
  • Received Big Ten Sportsmanship Award
  • Selected to NCAA Singles Championship; posted first round win in straight sets over Cameron Morra of UNC before falling to No. 7 seed Ashley Forbes of UCLA
  • Finished year No. 14 in ITA singles rankings and was in Top 20 throughout the dual match campaign, reaching a high of No. 12 April 14
  • 17-6 in dual play and 22-6 overall (12-6 at No. 1, 5-0 at No. 2); second on team in overall wins and third in dual match victories
  • Two-time Big Ten Player of the Week (Feb. 2, March 30)
  • Wins over three players who ended the year in the Top 15 – No. 7 Kenya Jones (Georgia Tech), No. 13 Peyton Stearns (Texas) and No. 15 Natasha Subhash (Virginia)
  • Clinched 4-3 road win over Michigan March 28, winning in the third set
  • Posted singles wins in NCAA matches vs. UIC and Texas
  • 16-4 in doubles in dual matches and 16-7 overall
  • 13-2 when paired with Luna Dormet; tandem won its first 13 matches; duo was ranked as high as No. 80 during the spring
  • An Ohio State Scholar-Athlete, Academic All-Big Ten selection, B1G Distinguished Scholar honoree and ITA Scholar-Athlete

2019-20 (Freshman Season)

  • 15-9 overall in singles, with 7-2 record in dual matches, all on court five
  • Entered singles rankings at No. 58 Nov. 13, was No. 62 (Feb. 5), No. 54 (Feb. 17) and No. 73 (March 3)
  • Ranked 61st in doubles with Kolie Allen at end the year after entering rankings at No. 53 Feb. 18
  • Posted 11-12 overall record in doubles, notching 6-5 dual ledger; in dual matches, was 3-2 at court one and 3-3 at court two
  • Won six of final seven singles matches to close the season, including victories over Texas, Vanderbilt, Kentucky, Arizona State, Purdue and Northwestern
  • Posted two singles wins in Thunderbird Invitational
  • Earned second place in Flight 3 at Debbie Southern Furman Fall Classic
  • Paired with Kolie Allen for win over nation’s No. 9-ranked team from Vanderbilt Feb. 16, tandem also notched victories over Arizona State and Purdue
  • Won in doubles with Shiori Fukuda against Duke Jan. 31, along with victories against Georgia Tech and Michigan at ITA National Team Indoors
  • Named an ITA Scholar-Athlete and an Ohio State Scholar-Athlete

Prior to Ohio State

  • Ranked as high as No. 1 in Germany
  • Placed in the Top 50 in ITF Juniors (18s)
  • Participated in main draw of both French Open and US Open junior tournaments
  • Won three doubles ITF Juniors Grade 1 and 2 Championships (Sanxenxo G2, Pontevedra G2, J.C. Ferrero Cup G1)
  • Claimed three 14s singles titles in Europe, captured five Belgian National Championships and placed in the Top 5 in Europe in 14s and 16s.
  • Reached the semifinals of the Eddie Herr ITF Juniors tournament
  • Won a 15k doubles pro circuit championship


  • Daughter of Felipe Cantos and Maren Siemers
  • Has five siblings, two older – Lara and Philip – and three younger – Sascha, Christian and Tatiana
  • Communication major and would like to be a journalist or writer following her tennis career
  • Enjoys reading, writing, spending time with friends and family and looking out for new music
  • Speaks four languages – Spanish, French, German and English
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