INDIAN WELLS, Calif. – The message Andrea Lazaro repeated to herself all week at the inaugural Oracle ITA National Fall Championships was a simple one.
The Florida International University senior showed a tremendous ability to dig deep and overcome adversity. She won three, three-set matches during the week, including her final one, a 5-7, 6-3, 6-3 victory over No. 11 Samantha Harris of Duke in Sunday’s women’s singles final at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden.
“This is a tremendous honor and I’m so happy,” said Lazaro, who celebrated her 23rd birthday on Saturday with a win in the semifinals.
Nuno Borges of Mississippi State claimed the men’s singles title with a 7-5, 6-3 victory over No. 3 Petros Chrysochos of Wake Forest. Borges, the top seed in the tournament, did not drop a set all week en route to the national championship.
“This means a lot and it’s a great accomplishment,” said Borges. “This brings me a lot of confidence.”
Chrysochos managed to leave Indian Wells with one national championship, as he and Skander Mansouri won the men’s doubles title with a 6-2, 6-2 decision versus the No. 8 seed from Texas, Rodrigo Banzer and Leonardo Telles.
Stanford’s Emily Arbuthnott and Michaela Gordon bested the Ole Miss duo of Alexa Bortles and Arianne Hartono 6-4, 6-1 in the women’s doubles final.
Consolation champions were also crowned on Sunday. Florida’s Anna Danilina and Michigan’s Alex Knight won the women’s and men’s singles titles, respectively, while Florida’s Chase Perez-Blanco and Oliver Crawford nabbed the men’s doubles title.
The Oracle ITA National Fall Championships is the concluding event of the fall portion of the collegiate tennis season. The next ITA national event is the 2018 ITA Kick-Off Weekend, which takes place January 26-29, 2018, across 30 campus sites.