Francesca Di Lorenzo

Francesca Di Lorenzo (Italian pronunciation: [franˈtʃeska di loˈrɛntso]; born July 22, 1997) is an American tennis player. She played collegiately for The Ohio State University. On May 29, 2017, Di Lorenzo and her partner Miho Kowase won the NCAA Women's Doubles Championship.[1]

Francesca Di Lorenzo
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Di Lorenzo at the 2018 Wimbledon qualifying
Country (sports) United States
Born (1997-07-22) July 22, 1997 (age 22)
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Height5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)
Turned pro2017
PlaysLeft-handed (two-handed backhand)
CollegeOhio State University
CoachAnn Grossman and Ty Tucker
Prize money$273,991
Singles
Career record112–70 (61.5%)
Career titles4 ITF
Highest rankingNo. 128 (August 12, 2019)
Current rankingNo. 128 (August 12, 2019)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian OpenQ2 (2020)
US Open2R (2018, 2019)
Doubles
Career record39–33 (54.2%)
Career titles2 ITF
Highest rankingNo. 244 (June 18, 2018)
Current rankingNo. 379 (August 12, 2019)
Grand Slam Doubles results
US Open1R (2017, 2019)
Last updated on: August 12, 2019.

Personal lifeEdit

Di Lorenzo was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania but raised in Columbus, Ohio, after her family moved there when she was around the age of seven. Her parents, Carlo and Daniela Di Lorenzo, are Italian immigrants from Salerno. [2] Carlo is a physician at Nationwide Children's Hospital in Columbus and Daniela teaches Italian at various colleges.[3] Di Lorenzo attended New Albany High School in New Albany, Ohio.[2]

She has three siblings, and Cristina, her oldest sister, also played tennis at the collegiate level at Xavier University and graduated in 2017.[4] Mario, her oldest brother, also has an athletic background as he won an intramural championship in the inaugural season of wheelchair basketball at The Ohio State University.

Di Lorenzo is fluent in Italian. As a child, she played both tennis and soccer.[5]

Amateur careerEdit

Coming out of high school, Di Lorenzo was ranked as the nation's top tennis recruit.[6] She committed to playing collegiate tennis at The Ohio State University.[7] In her final tournament as a junior, she reached the semifinals in both the girls' singles and doubles tournaments at the 2015 US Open.[8]

As a freshman, Di Lorenzo began her season by winning the USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championship, claiming the Buckeyes' first national title in its program's history.[9] She defeated Joana Eidukonytė in the championship match, and concluded the season with a 37–5 record, setting the program record for most victories in a season, and was named singles all-American.[6]

During her sophomore year with the Buckeyes, Di Lorenzo went 37-2 in singles, equaling her school record from the previous year. She also finished the year as the top-ranked women's NCAA singles player.[10] Di Lorenzo repeated as the USTA/ITA National Indoor Champion, beating Hayley Carter in the final.[11] She capped off her sophomore season by winning the NCAA Women's Doubles Championship with her partner, Miho Kowase.[1] This championship was the program's first NCAA in its history. For her accomplishments during the season, Di Lorenzo was named both singles and doubles all-American.

Di Lorenzo earned a wild card into the qualifiers of the singles tournament at the 2017 US Open.[12] There she also received a wild card for the main draw of the doubles tournament and made her Grand Slam debut, partnering with Allie Kiick.

Professional careerEdit

On December 18, 2017, Di Lorenzo announced that she would be leaving Ohio State to become a professional tennis player.[13]

She made her Grand Slam singles debut at the 2018 US Open after winning her section of the qualifying tournament with victories over Antonia Lottner, Verónica Cepede Royg, and Mona Barthel. She made it to the second round where she was defeated by No. 13 seed Kiki Bertens.

ITF Circuit finalsEdit

Singles: 6 (4 titles, 2 runner–ups)Edit

Legend
$100,000 tournaments
$80,000 tournaments
$60,000 tournaments
$25,000 tournaments
$10,000 tournaments
Finals by surface
Hard (3–2)
Clay (1–0)
Grass (0–0)
Carpet (0–0)
Result W–L    Date    Tournament Tier Surface Opponent Score
Win 1–0 Aug 2015 ITF Austin, United States $10,000 Hard   Lauren Herring 4–6, 7–6(7–2), 6–2
Win 2–0 Jul 2016 ITF Winnipeg, Canada $25,000 Hard   Erin Routliffe 6–4, 6–1
Loss 2–1 Jun 2017 ITF Sumter, United States $25,000 Hard   Ashley Lahey 3–6, 6–7(4–7)
Loss 2–2 Jun 2017 ITF Baton Rouge, United States $25,000 Hard   Nicole Gibbs 3–6, 3–6
Win 3–2 Jan 2018 ITF Wesley Chapel, United States $25,000 Clay   Whitney Osuigwe 6–2, 1–6, 6–4
Win 4–2 Nov 2019 ITF Toronto, Canada $60,000 Hard   Kirsten Flipkens 7–6(7–3), 6–4

Doubles: 6 (2 titles, 4 runner–ups)Edit

Legend
$100,000 tournaments
$80,000 tournaments
$60,000 tournaments
$25,000 tournaments
$15,000 tournaments
Finals by surface
Hard (1–4)
Clay (1–0)
Grass (0–0)
Carpet (0–0)
Result W–L    Date    Tournament Tier Surface Partner Opponents Score
Win 1–0 Jul 2016 ITF Winnipeg, Canada $25,000 Hard   Ronit Yurovsky   Marie-Alexandre Leduc
  Charlotte Robillard-Millette
1–6, 7–5, [10–6]
Loss 1–1 Jun 2017 ITF Baton Rouge, United States $25,000 Hard   Julia Elbaba   Ellen Perez
  Luisa Stefani
3–6, 4–6
Loss 1–2 Oct 2017 ITF Saguenay, Canada $60,000 Hard (i)   Erin Routliffe   Bianca Andreescu
  Carol Zhao
w/o
Win 2–2 May 2018 ITF Saint-Gaudens, France $60,000 Clay   Naiktha Bains   Manon Arcangioli
  Shérazad Reix
6–4, 1–6, [11–9]
Loss 2–3 Feb 2019 ITF Rancho Santa Fe, United States W25 Hard   Caty McNally   Hayley Carter
  Ena Shibahara
5–7, 2–6
Loss 2–4 Jul 2019 ITF Berkeley, United States W60 Hard   Katie Swan   Madison Brengle
  Sachia Vickery
3–6, 5–7

Performance timelineEdit

Key
W  F  SF QF #R RR Q# A P Z# PO G F-S SF-B NMS NH
(W) Won; (F) finalist; (SF) semifinalist; (QF) quarterfinalist; (#R) rounds 4, 3, 2, 1; (RR) round-robin stage; (Q#) qualification round; (A) absent; (Z#) Davis/Fed Cup Zonal Group (with number indication) or (PO) play-off; (G) gold, (F-S) silver or (SF-B) bronze Olympic medal; a (NMS) downgraded Masters Series/1000 tournament; (NH) not held. SR=strike rate (events won/competed)
To avoid confusion and double counting, these charts are updated at the conclusion of a tournament or when the player's participation has ended.

SinglesEdit

Only main-draw results in WTA Tour, Grand Slam tournaments and Olympic Games are included in win–loss records.

Tournaments 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 SR W–L Win%
Grand Slam tournaments
Australian Open A A A A Q2 0 / 0 0–0  – 
French Open A Q2 A Q2 0 / 0 0–0  – 
Wimbledon A Q1 A Q2 0 / 0 0–0  – 
US Open Q1 Q1 2R 2R 0 / 2 2–2 50%
Win–Loss 0–0 0–0 1–1 1–1 0–0 0 / 2 2–2 50%
Premier Mandatory tournaments
Indian Wells Open A A A Q1 0 / 0 0–0  – 
Premier 5 tournaments
Canadian Open A A A 2R 0 / 1 1–1 50%
Cincinnati Open A A Q1 A 0 / 0 0–0  – 
Career statistics
Tournaments 0 0 2 4 0 6
Overall Win–Loss 0–0 0–0 1–2 2–4 0–0 0 / 6 3–6 33%
Year-end ranking 346 302 166 121 $384,876

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Women's tennis championship: Ohio State's Francesca Di Lorenzo and Miho Kowase take the doubles title". NCAA.com. May 29, 2017. Retrieved August 16, 2017.
  2. ^ a b Mitsch, Pat (November 4, 2016). "GET TO KNOW: OHIO STATE'S FRANCESCA DI LORENZO". usta.com. Retrieved August 16, 2017.
  3. ^ "Daniela DiLorenzo-Digaeta". Coursicle. Retrieved 1 January 2018.
  4. ^ "Francesca Di Lorenzo Bio". Ohio State Buckeyes. Retrieved 1 January 2018.
  5. ^ Harwitt, Sandra (September 11, 2015). "Brimming with Italian pride, American Di Lorenzo into girls' semis". usopen.org. Retrieved August 16, 2017.
  6. ^ a b "Ohio State Bio". ohiostatebuckeyes.com. Retrieved August 16, 2017.
  7. ^ Stone, Lisa (November 12, 2014). "Fall Signing Week '14: Francesca DiLorenzo Chooses Ohio State". tennisrecruiting.net. Retrieved August 16, 2017.
  8. ^ "Playing in U.S. Open juniors a big thrill for Di Lorenzo". The Times-Reporter. October 23, 2015. Retrieved August 16, 2017.
  9. ^ "CHAMPION! DI LORENZO CAPTURES NATIONAL INDOORS TITLE". ohiostatebuckeyes.com. November 15, 2015. Retrieved August 16, 2017.
  10. ^ "BUCKEYES IN THE YEAR END ITA RANKINGS". ohiostatebuckeyes.com. June 2, 2017. Retrieved August 16, 2017.
  11. ^ Milano, Sally (November 6, 2016). "DI LORENZO, REDLICKI CAPTURE USTA/ITA NAT'L INDOORS". usta.com. Retrieved August 16, 2017.
  12. ^ Marshall, Ashley. "Sharapova headlines US Open women's wild cards". usopen.org. Retrieved August 16, 2017.
  13. ^ "DI LORENZO BEGINS PROFESSIONAL CAREER". ohiostatebuckeyes.com. December 18, 2017. Retrieved December 18, 2017.

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