While some ITA Regionals just got started on Saturday there were a few that have already hit the later stages. The women's Mountain Regional in Salt Lake City began on Wednesday and will wrap on Sunday and the surprise so far has been Colorado freshman Linda Huang (10.60). The freshman from Australia has yet to lose a collegiate match and now finds herself in the singles final after defeating the No. 1 and No. 3 seeds in the quarterfinals and semifinals. Huang will face the No. 2 seed Idaho's Marianna Petrei in Sunday's final with first serve set for 11 a.m. MT. 

Purdue junior Silvia Ambrosio had a great day on Saturday at the Ohio Valley Regional in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. The transfer from Marquette advanced to the semifinals after wins over the top seed Kentucky's Akvile Parazinskaite and the No. 12 seed Austin Peay's Lidia Yanes Garcia. Ambrosio will meet Kentucky's Mami Adachi in the semifinals on Sunday. 

Below I have an update on each regional with most crowning champions on Monday or Tuesday. 

Thursday, 12 October 2017 19:41

ITA Regional Championships - Week 1

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Over the next two weekends there will be 12 men's and 12 women's ITA Regional Championships held at campus sites across the country with the finalists advancing to the Oracle/ITA National Fall Championships in early November. This weekend there are two men's regionals and five women's regionals which means the other 17 will be held the following weekend. 

Three of the seven regionals this weekend have a qualifying draw while the other four do not. Below I'll list out the ones being held this weekend along with the top seeds in the singles draw (if draw released).

Cameron Norrie ran his winning streak to 10 after winning a second straight $100K Challenger with this one coming in Stockton, California. Norrie only dropped four games in his finals win over Darian King which earned the former TCU star a $14,400 paycheck plus 90 ATP ranking points. Norrie's biggest comeback of the week came against Brydan Klein in the second round. Norrie was down a set and a break at 6-4, 4-3 but he managed to take the second set in a tiebreak and then he pulled away in the third set. Norrie, who now has a new career high ranking of 111, talked to Mike Cation after the match with that conversation available at this link.

North Carolina sophomore William Blumberg captured the 2017 Saint Francis Health System ITA Men's All-American Championship on Monday morning with a straight set win over UCLA senior Martin Redlicki. Blumberg was dominant on his serve with the sophomore winning 77% of the points on serve while only facing one break point. Redlicki served fairly well but he had a few tough games and that was the difference in the match. 

Redlicki started off the match with a no-ad hold but Blumberg took the next three games with a pair of 40/15 holds and a break from 30/40 after Redlicki netted a forehand. After Redlicki held for 2-3, he had a break opportunity on the no-ad point but his service return was just long which made it 4-2 Blumberg. It'd be all holds the rest of the set though Redlicki fought off a set point on his 3-5 service game with a service winner on the no-ad point. Blumberg closed out the set with a hold from 40/15 to take it 6-4.

Redlicki had a rough first two games of the second set with one unforced error after another giving Blumberg a love break and a love hold to make it 2-0. Neither player would face a break point the rest of the way with Blumberg only dropping six points on serve and he'd close it out with a hold from 40/15 to win it 6-4, 6-4. The ITA will probably have a clip of match point but here is a clip from UNC's Twitter that shows Blumberg tracking down a drop shot with a dropper of his own to win it.  

Vanderbilt junior Fernanda Contreras captured the Riviera/ITA All-American Singles Championship on Sunday afternoon with a straight set win over fellow qualifier Florida Atlantic sophomore Aliona Bolsova. Contreras, who had to win three matches in the qualifying draw just to make the main draw, broke Bolsova to go ahead 3-2 in the first set and then she added another break to take the set 6-3. In the second set Contreras broke midway through the set and then served it out to win 6-3, 6-3. Vanderbilt's recap has a brief video interview with Contreras and the ITA did a great job on its post-match video recap which is just below. 

Saturday was doubleheader day in Tulsa with the round of 16 and quarterfinals trimming the number of competitors from 16 down to 4. Ohio State senior Mikael Torpegaard trailed his round of 16 opponent Texas junior Harrison Scott 5-3 but rallied to win 10 of the next 13 games to advance with a 7-5, 6-3 win. Torpegaard booked his spot in the semifinals with a 6-4, 6-4 win over Ole Miss junior Gustav Hannson which will set up a Sunday showdown against last year's NCAA runner-up William Blumberg. 

Blumberg snapped Oklahoma junior Ferran Calvo's 17-match winning streak with a 6-4, 7-5 win in the round of 16 then a few hours later he defeated NC State sophomore Alexis Galarneau 6-4, 6-4. Blumberg has yet to drop a set this week with his closest match being the one against Calvo. 

Another player that has yet to drop a set is UCLA senior Martin Redlicki. Redlicki defeated Florida junior Alfredo Perez in the morning match and then in the afternoon he knocked out the defending champion Wake Forest junior Petros Chrysochos 6-4, 7-5. Redlicki's semifinal opponent will be Pac-12 rival Thomas Laurent. The Oregon junior dropped the opening set to Tulane's Constantin Schmitz then came back to win 12 of the next 14 games to record a 2-6, 6-1, 6-1 win. Laurent won his second match of the day 6-2, 6-0 against Eduardo Mena. The Tennessee Tech senior pulled off an upset in the round of 16 when he defeated Oklahoma State's Julian Cash in a third set tiebreak but a second match a few hours later proved to be too much.  

Everyone that advanced to the quarterfinals locked up a spot in next month's Oracle/ITA National Fall Championships in Indian Wells. 

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