Kevin Anderson of Illinois won the $15,000 USTA Men's Pro Circuit event in Loomis, California yesterday, defeating No. 1 seed Ivan Miranda of Peru 7-6(4), 6-3 in the final. Anderson, a finalist in the previous week's tournament in Woodland Calif., is now at a career best ranking of 419, and as is the case whenever a collegian has success on the Futures Circuit, the speculation starts: will he return to school for his senior year?
That question was posed by the Sacramento Bee, and Anderson, in this brief story is quoted as saying: "I definitely feel ready (to turn professional), but Illinois is a great environment, I have a lot to improve, and I have a great coach." He goes on to say it will take a leap to the Top 200 to change his plans to return to school. For a more detailed account of his victory, see this story from the fightingillini.com website.
The $10,000 women's event in Ft. Worth, Texas was won by Jelena Pandzic of Fresno Pacific. Pandzic, who was runnerup to Miami's Audra Cohen in last fall's ITA Individual Indoor Championships, has also had a very impressive start to her summer. As a qualifier, she reached the finals of the Houston Pro Circuit event earlier this month, where she was beaten in three sets by Asia Muhammed. Last week she was still relegated to the qualifier, but lost only five games in four matches, and in the main draw, lost only one set, defeating 15-year-old Lauren Embree of Florida in the final. (Embree, a qualifier herself, had an outstanding tournament, defeating Georgia All-American Natalie Frazier in the quarterfinals and top seed Vilmarie Castellvi in the semifinals.)
Pandzic was an NCAA finalist back in 2004, as a freshman at Fresno State, but was ruled ineligible to compete in Division I the following year. She enrolled at nearby Fresno Pacific, an NAIA school, and her only loss in two dual seasons was that three-setter to Cohen. According to this even shorter story in the Fresno Bee, Pandzic is now pursuing her tennis as a professional.
Monday, June 25, 2007