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Friday, October 15, 2021

Recap of Hovde and Anthrop's ITF JB1 Pan American Closed Titles, Plus Videos; Kalieva Reaches $60K Semifinal; Juniors Shang, Xu, Gailis and Sieg Advance at $15Ks; Fritz Saves Match Points in Quarterfinal Win over Zverev at Indian Wells

If you weren't able to follow my daily coverage of the ITF JB1 Pan American Closed last week in Nicholasville Kentucky, my review of one of the biggest ITF junior tournaments in the US is available now at the Tennis Recruiting Network. It was US vs Canada in both finals, with the Americans Liv Hovde and Jack Anthrop coming back to take the titles. 


The video highlights of the finals are below:



Qualifier Elvina Kalieva continued her breakout tournament at the $60,000 USTA Pro Circuit women's event in Rancho Santa Fe California, defeating former WTA No. 35 and No. 8 seed Polona Hercog of Slovenia 6-4, 6-3 in today's quarterfinals. Hercog had a woeful serving day, making only 33% of her first serves, while the 18-year-old from Florida made 72% of hers. Kalieva should break into the WTA Top 500 regardless of her result Saturday, when she faces No. 2 seed Fiona Ferro of France. Madison Brengle[3] and top seed Rebecca Peterson of Sweden will meet in the other semifinal.

Former Duke star Maria Mateas is through to the semifinals at the $25K in Florence South Carolina, after the unseeded 22-year-old defeated No. 3 seed Katie Volynets 6-2, 6-3. She will play qualifier Emiliana Arango of Colombia, who beat No. 5 seed Robin Anderson(UCLA) 6-4, 6-3.

Sixteen-year-old Jerry Shang of China is through to the semifinals of the $15,000 men's tournament in Naples Florida after defeating wild card Jake Van Emburgh(Oklahoma/Ohio State) 6-1, 6-3. Shang, the 2021 US Open boys finalist, will face No. 3 seed Damien Wenger of Switzerland Saturday.

Annabelle Xu of Canada had lost the only ITF World Tennis Tour women's pro circuit main draw match she played before this week, but the 17-year-old is now in the semifinals of the $15,000 tournament in Norman Oklahoma. Xu defeated No. 8 seed Tamara Barad Itzhaki of Israel 6-4, 6-2 and will play Oklahoma State senior Martina Zerulo of Italy Saturday. Raveena Kingsley and wild card Ivana Corley(Oklahoma) face off in the other semifinal.

Teens having success in ITF World Tennis Tour events outside the United States include Martin Damm, who has reached the semifinals of the $25,000+hospitality tournament this week in France, and won the doubles title. The unseeded 18-year-old from Florida defeated Yannick Mertens of Belgium 6-3, 6-2 to advance to a meeting with No. 5 seed Aidan McHugh of Great Britain.  Damm and Felix Corwin(Minnesota), seeded No. 3, won the doubles title with a 3-6, 7-5, 10-7 win over top seeds Gijs Brouwer and Jelle Sels of the Netherlands. It's the fifth pro doubles title for Damm and the second for Corwin.

At the men's and women's $15Ks in Cancun, both Alexander Bernard and Victor Lilov lost in three sets in today's quarterfinals, but USC recruit Madison Sieg and Florida recruit Rachel Gailis have reached the semifinals. Sieg defeated No. 5 seed Yuliana Monroy of Colombia 6-1, 6-4 and Gailis beat recent NC State star Anna Rogers 6-4, 6-0. 


Taylor Fritz reached his first ATP Masters 1000 quarterfinal two days ago with a win over Jannik Sinner at the BNP Paribas Open; he now has advanced to his first semifinal, coming from 5-2 down in the third set to beat No. 3 seed Alexander Zverev of Germany 4-6, 6-3, 7-6(3). Fritz, the No. 31 seed, saved a match point on his serve at 5-2, and another with Zverev serving for the match at 5-3, but in the final stages of the match, it was Fritz who looked more confident and aggressive. It's the first Top 5 win for Fritz, having gone 0-10 prior to today.  He will play No. 29 seed Nikoloz Basilashvili of Georgia, who took out No. 2 seed Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece 6-4, 2-6, 6-4 earlier today.

Thursday, October 14, 2021

Kalieva Advances to Quarterfinals at Rancho Santa Fe $60K; Teens Coleman, Xu into Norman $15K Quarterfinals; Norrie Reaches BNP Paribas Semis; Small College ITA Cup Underway

Eighteen-year-old Elvina Kalieva has played most of her professional-level tournaments at the $15,000 and $25,000 levels, but rather than opt for either of the two USTA Pro Circuit events at those classifications this week in Norman Oklahoma and Florence South Carolina, she decided to play qualifying at the $60,000 tournament in Rancho Santa Fe California

After the ITF junior No. 11 won a match over No. 4 seed Tara Moore of Great Britain(Kalieva got a walkover in her first round qualifying match), she was into the main draw of a $60K via qualifying for the first time. In the first round, she defeated fellow qualifier Dalayna Hewitt 7-5, 1-6, 6-2; today, Kalieva earned her best win via ranking, beating No. 4 seed and WTA 108 Zarina Diyas of Kazakhstan 6-4, 2-6, 6-2. Kalieva, who won a round in the women's qualifying and reached the quarterfinals of the US Open Junior Championships, will face Slovenia's Polona Hercog, the No. 6 seed, in Friday's quarterfinals.  No. 3 seed Madison Brengle is the only other American still in the running for the singles titles.

At the $15,000 tournament in Norman Oklahoma, 17-year-old Annabelle Xu of Canada and Ellie Coleman, a Duke freshman, advanced to the quarterfinals. Both Xu and Coleman received entry to this week's tournament via their ITF junior rankings. Xu defeated Kianah Motosono(Oklahoma) 2-6, 6-2, 6-1 and Coleman beat Anita Sahdiieva of Ukraine (Baylor) 6-4, 6-3.  Wild card Ivana Corley(Oklahoma) and Raveena Kingsley are the other two Americans joining Coleman in the quarterfinals.

The three Canadian teenagers who got through qualifying and won their first round matches yesterday, all lost today in the second round.

Four American women are through to the quarterfinals of the $25,000 tournament in Florence SC: No. 3 seed Katie Volynets, No. 5 seed Robin Anderson(UCLA), Maria Mateas(Duke) and qualifier Amy Zhu(Michigan).

The men's $15K in Naples Florida lost its No. 1 seed today, with lucky loser Blu Baker of Great Britain defeating Michael Redlicki(Duke/Arkansas) 6-4, 6-3.  Wild card Jake Van Emburgh(Oklahoma/Ohio State) is the only American remaining. Van Emburgh will take on 16-year-old ITF Junior No. 1 Juncheng Jerry Shang of China in the quarterfinals.

If you are interested in tracking which current college players are competing in USTA Pro Circuit events this fall, check out this website.

Cam Norrie has had an outstanding 2021, and the former TCU All-American kept it going today in Indian Wells, defeating Diego Schwartzman of Argentina 6-0, 6-2 in the quarterfinals of the BNP Paribas Open. The 26-year-old left-hander from Great Britain, already at an ATP career-high of 26, will become the top-ranked player in that country, the 18th since the ATP began publishing rankings in 1973. Norrie will face Grigor Dimitrov of Bulgaria, who beat Hubert Hurkacz of Poland 3-6, 6-4, 7-6(2).

The ITA Cup, an individual ITA national championship competition for Division II, Division III, NAIA and Junior College, began today in Rome Georgia and is scheduled to finish Sunday. For more about the event, see this ITA article. Links to the draws and live streaming can be found here.

A number of ITA Division I Regionals are also being played this weekend. See this page for dates and links to draws.

Wednesday, October 13, 2021

A Look Ahead to JA in South Africa; Trio of Canadian Girls Advance at Norman $15K; Fritz, Norrie Reach First ATP Masters 1000 Quarterfinals at Indian Wells

I forgot about the JA in South Africa that is scheduled for later this month, but in my defense, it's only been played once, in 2019, with no tournament held last year. Yesterday was the withdrawal deadline, so now is a good time to look at the fields.

Six Americans, three boys and three girls, are scheduled to make the long trip to Cape Town for the tournament, which begins on October 25th. Two years ago, the tournament was a 64-draw, but it didn't fill, with one boys bye and three girls byes and no qualifying. This year, the draw sizes have been cut in half, so qualifying is likely to take place this year, but there are no Americans on the list of qualifying acceptances.

The US boys on the acceptance list are Benjamin Kittay, Azuma Visaya and Yannik Rahman. The US girls are Clervie Ngounoue, Qavia Lopez and Olivia Lincer. All three of the girls are also on the acceptance list for the J2 in South Africa next week; only Rahman is of the three boys.

The only Top 20 player in either draw (at the time of acceptance) was No. 17 Ksenia Saytseva of Russia. Brenda Fruhvirtova, who won a J1 last week and is now No. 10, is entered and will be the top seed. Poland's Aleksander Orlikowski, 24 at the entry cutoff, was the highest ranked boy.

With no JA in Japan for the second consecutive year (Osaka is hosting a J4 this week, with only Japanese players competing), that leaves just two more JAs on the ITF junior calendar for 2021: Merida Mexico November 22-27 and Orange Bowl in Plantation Florida December 6-12.

The first round of the $15,000 USTA women's Pro Circuit tournament in Norman Oklahoma was completed today, indoors, due to rain throughout the day. The three Canadian girls who qualified yesterday, fresh from their appearances at the ITF JB1 Pan American Closed indoors last week, all won their first round matches today.

Seventeen-year-old Mia Kupres, who reached the quarterfinals last week in Kentucky, defeated Oklahoma State freshman and No. 2 seed Mananchaya Sawangkaew of Thailand 6-4, 7-6(5) in two hours and 47 minutes. Fifteen-year-old Victoria Mboko, who defeated Kupres in last week's Pan Am quarterfinals and lost to Liv Hovde in the semifinals, defeated No. 6 seed Stefania Rogozinska Dzik of Poland 6-4, 6-4. Cadence Brace, 16, who lost to Hovde in the third round, beat Oklahoma State junior Ayumi Miyamoto of Japan 6-1, 7-5. They join 17-year-old Canadian Annabelle Xu, who beat top seed Oona Orpana of Finland, a freshman at Oklahoma State, yesterday.

After the first round, six quailfiers, but just three seeded players, remain.

At the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells today, Taylor Fritz advanced to his first ATP Masters 1000 quarterfinal, defeating No. 10 seed Jannik Sinner of Italy 6-4, 6-3. This comes a day after the No. 31 seed had taken out No. 5 seed Matteo Berrettini of Italy by the same score. Fritz will face the winner of tonight's late match between No. 3 seed Alexander Zverev of Germany and Gael Monfils of France on Friday.

The ATP recently published this interview with one of Fritz's coaches, David Nainkin, who provides a closer look at the goals and the personality of the Californian, who turns 24 later this month.

Tommy Paul lost to former TCU star Cameron Norrie of Great Britain, the No. 21 seed, 6-4, 4-6, 6-2. It's also the first ATP Masters 1000 quarterfinal for the 26-year-old left-hander, who plays No. 11 seed Diego Schwartzman of Argentina Thursdsay.

No. 19 seed Jessica Pegula lost to No. 27 seed Victoria Azarenka of Belarus 6-4, 6-2 in tonight's quarterfinals. Shelby Rogers and Jelena Ostapenko of Latvia meet later tonight in the other women's quarterfinal.

Links to the draws and the order of play are here.

Tuesday, October 12, 2021

Qualifying Complete at Four USTA Pro Circuit Tournaments This Week, Canadian Xu Ousts Top Seed at Norman $15K; Tennis Europe's Junior Masters Begins Wednesday; Fritz, Paul, Pegula and Rogers Advance at BNP Paribas Open

It's another busy week on the USTA Pro Circuit, especially for women, with a $60,000 tournament in Rancho Santa Fe California, a $25,000 tournament in Florence South Carolina and a $15,000 tournament in Norman Oklahoma.  The sole USTA Pro Circuit tournament for men this week is a $15,000 tournament in Naples Florida.

Qualifying concluded today at all four events, but the top story today was one of the few results in the main draw. In Norman, Annabelle Xu, a 17-year-old from Canada, defeated top seed Oona Orpana, a freshman at Oklahoma State, 6-0, 7-5. Xu, who used her ITF Top 100 junior ranking for entry, lost last week in the quarterfinals of the ITF JB1 Pan American Closed to Qavia Lopez.

Xu was among five Canadian girls who competed in Kentucky last week who travelled to Norman for this week's event, with the other four competing in qualifying. Three of them advanced to the main draw: Cadence Brace, Victoria Mboko and Mia Kupres. 

The only Americans advancing to the Norman main draw today are Sofia Rojas, a freshman at Oklahoma State and Oklahoma senior Kianah Motosono.  Wild cards were given to Oklahoman Gracie Epps, a Pan American Closed quarterfinalist, 16-year-old Meera Jesudason, Carmen Corley, a junior at Oklahoma, and Ivana Corley, a senior at Oklahoma. Epps, Carmen Corley and Jesudason lost today in first round play.  In addition to Xu, Duke freshman Ellie Coleman entered via her ITF junior ranking and won her first round match today, beating TCU freshman Helena Narmont of Estonia 6-3, 7-5.

In Florence, four of the eight qualifiers are Americans: North Carolina State senior Alana Smith, former Michigan star Amy Zhu and juniors Sophie Williams and Katja Wiersholm.

The top seed in Florence is Xiyu Wang of China, the 2018 US Open girls champion, with Kurumi Nara of Japan the No. 2 seed.

Wild cards went to Alexa Graham(UNC), Elysia Bolton(UCLA), Sophie Chang and Georgia Southern junior Nadja Meier of Germany. 

In Rancho Santa Fe, six of the eight qualifiers are Americans: Maegan Manasse(assistant women's coach at Cal), Elvina Kalieva, Dalayna Hewitt, Ellie Douglas(TCU), Haley Giavara(Cal) and USTA 18s National champion Ashlyn Krueger.

Rebecca Peterson of Sweden is the top seed, with Fiona Ferro of France the No. 2 seed. Wild cards were given to Hanna Chang, Kayla Day, Allie Kiick and Jessica Failla(Pepperdine).  Day defeated No. 5 seed Misaki Doi of Japan 3-6, 6-4, 6-3 in first round action today, while Failla lost to WTA 123 Polona Hercog of Slovenia 6-7(5), 6-3, 7-5 in a four-hour marathon.

In Naples, the only American to advance through qualifying was Tristan McCormick, the former Notre Dame standout who is a graduate transfer this season for Georgia. Blaise Bicknell, who competes for Jamaica, and recently transferred from Florida to Tennessee, defeated former Gator teammate Josh Goodger of Great Britain 4-6, 7-6(3), 10-6 to qualify.  

The top two seeds are Michael Redlicki(Duke/Arkansas) and Florida State freshman Antoine Cornut Chauvinc of France.

Wild cards went to junior Juan David Velasquez of Colombia, Georgia's Trent Bryde, Florida's Will Grant and Jake Van Emburgh, the former Oklahoma star who is a graduate transfer at Ohio State this season.

The year-end Tennis Europe Masters events begin Wednesday in Monte Carlo, with eight of the top players in the 14U and 16U divisions competing for the title. Recent Les Petits As champion Maxime Mrva of the Czech Republic is the top seed in the boys 14s and Alena Kovackova of the Czech Republic is the top seed in the girls 14s. In the 16s, the No. 1 boys seed is Tomasz Berkieta of Poland, with the girls No. 1 seed Rose Maria Nijkamp of the Netherlands. For more on the tournament and a link to the draws, see this Tennis Europe article.

Four Americans remain in contention for singles titles at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, with Jessica Pegula and Shelby Rogers advancing to the quarterfinals with wins today, while Taylor Fritz moved into the round of 16.

Pegula, the No. 19 seed, defeated No. 4 seed Elina Svitolina of Ukraine 6-1, 6-1; the unseeded Rogers beat US Open finalist and No. 23 seed Leylah Fernandez of Canada 2-6, 6-1, 7-6(4). 

Taylor Fritz and Tommy Paul are through to the round of 16, with No. 31 seed Fritz beating No. 5 seed Matteo Berrettini of Italy 6-4, 6-3 today, and the unseeded Paul defeating No. 4 seed Andrey Rublev of Russia 6-4, 3-6, 7-5. 

Links to the draws are here.

Monday, October 11, 2021

USTA Announces Return of Australian Open Wild Card Challenge; Sarr Sweeps Titles at J5 in France; Brenda Fruhvirtova Adds Third Consecutive J1 Title in Croatia

After the USTA's annual Wild Card Challenges for the French, US and Australian Opens were suspended for 2020-2021 due to the pandemic, the organization announced on Friday the return of this method of awarding wild cards for the 2022 Australian Open.  Here's the full release:

ORLANDO, Fla., October 8, 2021 – The Australian Open Wild Card Challenge, which utilizes hard-court professional tournaments to award an American man and woman a main draw wild card into the Australian Open, is returning this fall and will begin next week. The USTA and Tennis Australia have a reciprocal agreement in which main draw wild cards for the 2022 Australian Open and US Open will be exchanged.

 

Both the men's and women's wild cards will be awarded to the Americans with the most ranking points earned at a maximum of three indoor and outdoor hard court tournaments during a four-week window. All indoor and outdoor hard-court events at the 25 level and above, including WTA and ATP Tour events, will be included in the Challenge.

 

The Women's Challenge begins next week and runs through the week of November 1.

 

The Men's Challenge begins the week of October 25 and runs through the week of November 15.

 

Americans who otherwise earn direct entry into the Australian Open are not eligible, nor are players ranked in the ATP or WTA Top 50 at the start of the Challenge. Should the player with the highest number of Challenge points earn direct entry into the Australian Open, the wild card will go to the next eligible American in the Challenge points standings. In the event of a tie, the player with the best ATP or best WTA singles ranking on November 8 for the women and November 22 for the men will earn the wild card.

 

Both wild card recipients will have to follow all Australian Open protocols as it relates to quarantine or vaccination.

 

The USTA has utilized this Challenge format to award wild cards into the Australian, French and US Opens. This is the first Challenge to be contested since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020. 

 

Previous Americans to earn wild cards into the Australian Open (year specified is the year of the tournament):

 

2021: Not held

2020: Marcos Giron (1R); CoCo Vandweghe (1R)

2019: Jack Sock (1R); Whitney Osuigwe (1R)

2018: Tim Smyczek (2R); Kristie Ahn (1R)

2017: Michael Mmoh (1R); Kayla Day (1R)

2016: Noah Rubin (2R); Samantha Crawford (1R)

2015: Denis Kudla (1R); Irina Falconi (2R)

2014: Steve Johnson (1R); Sachia Vickery (1R)

2013: Rhyne Williams (1R); Madison Keys (3R)

2012: Jesse Levine (1R); Madison Keys (1R)

2011: Ryan Harrison (1R); Lauren Davis (1R)

2010: Ryan Harrison (1R); CoCo Vandeweghe (1R)

2009: John Isner (1R); Christina McHale (1R)

2008: Jesse Levine (2R); Madison Brengle (1R)

2007: Madison Brengle (1R); No men’s wild card competition.


The announcement used to provide the dates and cities of the tournaments being considered, but this year, there are almost no parameters, other than the dates and the surface, which is hard court only. Any tournament anywhere in the world that is at the $25K level and above qualifies, so that will make tracking the leaders during the four-week stretch a challenging job. 

The WTA 125 Dow Tennis Classic in Midland Michigan, which starts November 1, is the final week of the women's Wild Card Challenge, and could decide the Australian Open wild card for 2022. The Dow, normally played the first week of February, was moved to November this year due to the pandemic, and has been upgraded from an ITF WTT 100 to a WTA 125. I plan to attend the tournament for a day or two, as I have done for the past six years.

In ITF Junior Circuit action last week that was not the ITF JB1 in Nicholasville Kentucky, 17-year-old Jelani Sarr won his first two career ITF junior titles at the J5 in Honfleur France. Sarr, who was seeded No. 1 in both singles and doubles, has been playing ITF events in Europe since competing at the USTA Boys 18s Nationals in August. In singles, Sarr defeated unseeded Iannis Fernandes of France 6-0, 6-2 in the final; in doubles, the top-seeded team of Sarr and Belgium's Natan D'Hulst defeated the unseeded French team of Bogdan Desy and Theo Mottier 6-4, 6-2 in the final. 

The only other title of the week (aside from those won by Liv Hovde, Jack Anthrop and Qavia Lopez) for American juniors came at the J4 in the Dominican Republic. Jackson Armistead and Elias Shokry won the doubles title, with the No. 4 seeds defeating the unseeded Chilean team of Diego Jarry Fillol and Matias Rojas 1-6, 6-4, 10-6 in the final. It's the first ITF junior circuit title for both 17-year-old Americans.

Fourteen-year-old Brenda Fruhvirtova of the Czech Republic won her third consecutive J1 title, all since August, in Vrsar Croatia last week. The top seed defeated No. 6 seed Celine Naef of Switzerland 7-6(2), 6-2 in the final, with all five of her wins coming in straight sets. The only blemish on Fruhvirtova's record since winning the J1 in College Park at the end of August, which started her current 16-match J1 winning streak is a US Open girls first round qualifying loss to American Ariana Pursoo.

Fruhvirtova, who also won the doubles title with Barbora Palicova of the Czech Republic, is now up to No. 10 in the ITF junior rankings, just two spots behind her 16-year-old sister Linda.

No. 5 seed Mili Poljicak of Croatia won the boys title, beating unseeded Kilian Feldbausch of Switzerland 2-6, 6-0, 6-4 in the final. 

Sunday, October 10, 2021

Teens Shelton and Hamner Claim First ITA All-American Titles for Florida and South Carolina; Americans Capture Four of Five Singles Titles in Sunday's USTA Pro Circuit Action

University of Florida sophomore Ben Shelton and University of South Carolina freshman Sarah Hamner won the first Division I majors of the 2021-22 collegiate season today in Tulsa Oklahoma and Charleston South Carolina.

Shelton, who was unseeded, defeated University of San Diego fifth-year senior August Holmgren, also unseeded, 6-3, 6-4 this morning to become the first Gator to win the men's All-American singles title.

Shelton, who turned 19 yesterday, went up a quick break in the first set, the only one he needed, to take the lead. In the second set, the 2021 Kalamazoo 18s finalist fell behind 3-1, but won the next four games to close out Holmgren, who had beaten Jordan Thompson, the ATP No. 75, in the San Diego Open qualifying two weeks ago.

In his six victories, Shelton did not drop a set, with his closest match a 7-6(7), 7-5 quarterfinal win over qualifier JJ Tracy of Ohio State.

Hamner, who was the ITA's No. 1 newcomer for this season, won three matches in qualifying just to get into the main draw, but after what the 18-year-old from Florida had done last fall in ITF junior events, it was no surprise that she was able to hold up physically and mentally this week.

In the final, Hamner defeated No. 8 seed Alexa Noel of Iowa 6-0, 3-6, 5-2 ret. to take the first major title in the history of the South Carolina women's program.  Hamner is the first freshman to win the All-American title since Jamie Loeb in 2013; Loeb went on to win the ITA Indoor (now Fall Championships) the following month.

I would like to have more to offer on these two finals, which two years ago were available on ESPN+, but there were no streams this year. The women did not have live streaming at all for their tournament, while the stream of the men's final, which was promoted by the ITA, did not work. It's extremely disappointing for college tennis fans that exposure for the sport is decreasing rather than improving.

The men's doubles title went to Ohio State's Robert Cash and Matej Vocel, who beat teammates Justin Boulais and James Trotter 6-3, 6-2. 

Wake Forest's Anna Brylin and Brooke Killingsworth won the women's doubles title, the program's first at the ITA All-American Championships.  The only seeds to win a title today, the No. 6 seeds defeated Tatsiana Sasnouskaya and Yuliia Starodubtseva of Old Dominion 2-6, 7-6(6), 10-3.

For more on today's championship matches, see this article at the Tennis Recruiting Network.

Last week was one of the busiest weeks in the US since the pre-pandemic days, with five USTA Pro Circuit events, as well as the ITF JB1 Pan American Closed and the first week of the BNP Paribas Open.  Four of the five singles titles this week were won by Americans, and three of the five titles went to former collegians. 

At the $60,000 women's tournament in Las Vegas Nevada, former Michigan star Emina Bektas took the title, with the No. 6 seed defeating former Oklahoma star Lily Miyazaki of Japan 6-1, 6-1 in the final. No. 2 seeds Quinn Gleason(Notre Dame) and Tereza Mihalikova of Slovakia won the doubles title, beating top seeds Bektas and Tara Moore of Great Britain 7-6(5), 7-5.  For more on today's finals, see this article from press aide Steve Pratt.

Former UCLA star Catherine Harrison won her first title in over two years at the $25,000 tournament in Redding California. The 27-year-old from Tennessee, who was unseeded, defeated No. 6 seed Dalila Jakupovic of Slovenia 6-1, 6-1 for her second career ITF Pro Circuit title, both at the $25,000 level.

The other three USTA Pro Circuit events this week were at the $15,000 level. 

In Ithaca New York, Great Britain's Charlie Broom, who played for Baylor last year as a graduate student after graduating from Dartmouth, won his first Pro Circuit title. Broom defeated compatriot Henry Patten(UNC-Asheville) 6-7(5), 6-3, 6-4 in today's final.  Broom and Patten won the doubles title Saturday, with the No. 3 seeds beating No. 4 seeds Eduardo Nava(Wake Forest) and Nathan Ponwith(Arizona State) 7-6(6), 6-3.

In rainy Hilton Head South Carolina, No. 2 seed Katerina Stewart defeated Raveena Kingsley 6-4, 6-2 for the title. Top seeds Stewart and Anastasia Sysoeva of Russia won the doubles title via walkover, which were common throughout the week due to the wet weather.  

Ryan Harrison won the tournament in Naples Florida, with the No. 2 seed defeating No. 3 seed Antoine Cornut Chavinc of France, who is a freshman at Florida State, 6-3, 7-5. Cornut Chavinc and teammate John Bernard won the doubles title, beating the top- seeded Swiss team of Louroi Martinez and Damien Wenger 6-3, 6-7(2), 10-8 in today's final.