Sydni Ratliff

Player profile

  • Hometown Columbus, Ohio
  • High School Columbus Academy
  • Year Sophomore
  • Height 5-6

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Instagram: @sydni_ratliff

Ohio State Career

  • 2022 Big Ten Freshman of the Year
  • 2022 ITA Midwest Rookie of the Year
  • 2022 NCAA doubles qualifier, earning Big Ten’s automatic berth with Irina Cantos Siemers
  • Earned spot in 2022 NCAA singles draw
  • Fourth Buckeye to compete in NCAA singles tournament as a freshman and third in doubles
  • One of four Buckeyes all-time to earn NCAA singles and doubles berths in the same season
  • Three-time Big Ten Athlete of the Week (Feb. 1, March 1, April 5, 2022)
  • ITA Midwest Regional champion with Cantos Siemers in Fall 2021; tandem ended fall ranked 29th
  • Ranked No. 123 (tied) in singles at end of Fall 2021 campaign, reaching as high as No. 43 in March 2022; ended year No. 71
  • In doubles rankings with Cantos Siemers from Dec. 8 through end of the season, moving as high as No. 15 March 9; held No. 47 spot at end of season
  • Earned ITA Scholar-Athlete and Ohio State Scholar-Athlete accolades
  • Ranked 15th in singles at end of fall season

Fall 2022 (Sophomore Season)

  • 10-5 in singles, leading team in wins, with 6-5 doubles mark
  • Started fall ranked No. 51 and jumped to No. 15 in the final fall rankings
  • No. 24 in first doubles rankings with Irina Cantos Siemers, ending at No. 31
  • Singles runner-up at ITA Midwest Regional Championships, falling in three sets in the final; won five matches to reach championship match
  • Posted three-set win in opening round of ITA Fall Nationals over then-No. 2 ranked Sarah Hamner of South Carolina
  • 3-2 at Fall Ranked Spotlight to start the fall
  • Reached doubles consolation final at ITA All-Americans with Cantos Siemers

Summer 2022

  • Partnered with Irina Cantos Siemers to capture ITF 25K in Columbus

2021-22 (Freshman Season)

  • Voted Big Ten Freshman of the Year
  • ITA Midwest Region Rookie of the Year
  • NCAA singles and doubles qualifier
  • Three-time Big Ten Athlete of the Week
  • 28-11 in singles overall, ranking second on team in wins and the fourth-most for a freshman in program history
  • 25-18 doubles mark, tied for seventh for an Ohio State first-year player
  • Posted 18-6 singles dual match record, with 1-1 record on court two, 15-5 mark on court three and 2-0 mark on court four
  • Ended dual match season with wins in last 10 completed matches
  • Won in NCAA singles match vs. Illinois State and posted a win vs. Wisconsin in Big Ten Tournament semifinals
  • Clinched team victory over Pepperdine with win over No. 12-ranked Lisa Zaar
  • Three-time Big Ten Athlete of the Week – recognized April 5 after clinching wins vs. both Michigan (a 4-3 team victory) and Michigan State, March 1 after Top 15 and doubles wins vs. Pepperdine and Feb. 1 when she was 2-0 in singles and doubles vs. Oklahoma State and Tennessee on ITA Kickoff Weekend
  • Ranked No. 29 in doubles with Irina Cantos Siemers and No. 123 (tied) in singles at end of fall season; reached a high of No. 43 in singles and No. 15 in doubles in March
  • Won ITA Midwest Regional title with Ratliff, with four straight wins; defeated Northwestern duo 8-1 to win title
  • At Fall Nationals with Cantos Siemers, lost in the first round, 2-6, 6-4, 12-10 to the No. 2 seed from Texas A&M; notched a consolation win
  • Won first collegiate singles match, defeating Sophia Hatton of Clemson in straight sets at NC State and was 3-1 in the tournament, finishing as B Draw runner-up
  • Finished as group runner-up with Cantos Siemers at Wolfpack Invitational/Ranked Spotlight with 2-1 record
  • Posted two doubles wins with Isabelle Boulais at Gamecock Shootout and had two singles victories in the tourney
  • Reached Round of 16 of ITA Midwest Regional
  • Earned Ohio State Scholar-Athlete and ITA Scholar-Athlete honors

Prior to Ohio State

  • blue chip recruit
  • Ohio State singles champion in 2019, the first female athlete at Columbus Academy to win an individual state title
  • Four-time district and section champion (2017-20)
  • Four-time team MVP
  • Greater Columbus Tennis Association Player of the Year in 2019
  • Three-time This Week News Player of the Year (2019-21)
  • 2021 Girls 18 and under national level 2 champion
  • 2019 National Indoor 18U champion
  • 2019 Easter Bowl 16U doubles champion/Gold Ball winner
  • 2019 National Clay Court doubles finalist/Silver Ball winner
  • 2019 National Spring Team champion/Gold Ball winner
  • 2018 National Indoor 16U doubles Bronze Ball winner
  • 2018 Ohio Valley 18U district champion
  • 2017 Midwest closed singles champion
  • 2015 Midwest closed singles and doubles champion
  • Four-time MSL league champion (2017-20)
  • 2018 Women’s 7,500 indoor doubles champion


  • Daughter of Devon and Kiesha Ratliff, an Ohio State alumna
  • Sports administration major and would love to play professional tennis and work in sports broadcasting
  • Enjoys playing the piano, listening to music and watching movies
  • On why she chose Ohio State … “I chose The Ohio State based on the proven level of excellence in the coaching staff. I was also impressed with the character and career development opportunities for student-athletes who participate in the Eugene D. Smith Leadership Institute.”