Ohio State sophomore Francesca Di Lorenzo is the new ITA Women’s All-American Championship title holder, after beating UCLA pre-qualifier Ena Shibahara 6-4 6-3 in Pacific Palisades, California. This was the second major ITA title for Di Lorenzo, after claiming the 2015 USTA/ITA National Intercollegiate Indoor Championship.
New Albany, Ohio, native, has played a very good tournament, losing one set in 5 matches, including a win over the 1st seed Hayley Carter in the semi-final. Shibahara can also be very pleased with her performance, winning 10 matches just to make this final, and all that in some 9 days.
Ena started the match at full strength, with a hold and a break, but Di Lorenzo pulled the break back quickly to level the score at 2-2. The result remained with serve in the next 4 games but Francesca broke again in game 9 to go 5-4 in front, finishing the set on own serve.
The second set saw 4 holds to begin wth, and Di Lorenzo broke in game 5 for a 3-2 lead and she sealed the victory with another break in game 9.
“It feels unbelievable,” said Di Lorenzo. “Every tournament, I try to go out and play the best I can and compete the best I can and see where it goes from there.Francesca Di Lorenzo (Ohio State) vs [PQ]Ena Shibahara (UCLA) 6-4 6-3 ALSO READ: 2016 Division I ITA Women’s All-American Championships: Di Lorenzo wins the battle of the seeds against Carter
This wasn’t expected, and I’m really happy to be in the position I’m standing in right now. I just tried to keep things physical,” said Di Lorenzo. I knew she had played 10 previous matches coming into today, so thought she may be a little tired, so wanted to keep (the match) as physical as possible and try to get some depth, because she likes to stay on the baseline and take the ball early.
I knew I had to stay offensive in this match and I think I did that pretty well and I played my game.”