INDIAN WELLS, Calif. - Junior transfer Silvia Ambrosio proudly represented her new team this week at the 2017 Oracle ITA National Fall Championships. The newcomer from Marquette finished 1-2 through three days of play, picking up a straight-set victory in the first round of the consolation draw Thursday.
Ambrosio opened the tournament at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden on Wednesday, nearly defeating No. 3 Ashley Lahey of Pepperdine. The Boilermaker had the number two overall seed on her heels for most of the first and all of the second set; however, the Wave inched out a 7-6(4), 1-6, 6-3 win.
Despite the emotional loss, Ambrosio quickly refocused, controlling all of Thursday’s match at the JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort & Spa in Palm Desert, California. The Boilermaker cruised past SCAD’s Camile Gbaguidi 6-3, 6-4 to extend her trip out west.
Back at the tennis garden Friday, Ambrosio fell again in the first set against Theresa Van Zyl of Baylor, but battled to force a decisive third. The Bear proved to be too much for her to handle, though, as the Boilermaker lost the final set and match 6-4, 3-6, 6-2.
Up next, the remaining members of the Purdue women’s tennis team will travel to the Pacific Time Zone for the UNLV Invite, beginning Nov. 10. Ambrosio was scheduled to join her teammates there; however, due to her lengthy fall slate, she will not compete again till the start of the spring season in January.