Keys Wins First Pro Title; US Open Playoff Sectional Qualifying Complete; Kalamazoo College to Host 2013 Men's and Women's NCAA D-III Championships
Fifteen-year-old Madison Keys won her first professional title on Sunday, the $10,000 Pro Circuit event in Cleveland, Ohio. Keys, who has no ranking due to limited play in professional events, defeated No. 3 seed Piia Suomalainen of Finland 6-2, 6-4 in the final. Tennessee graduate Caitlin Whoriskey captured her second straight pro title, teaming this week with Sanaz Marand, the recent North Carolina graduate, to record a 6-4, 6-0 win over Syracuse teammates Eleanor Peters and Emily Harman. The unseeded Whoriskey and Marand did not need a match tiebreaker in any of their four victories.
At the $50,000 Women's Pro Circuit event in Boston, eighth seed Jamie Hampton collected her second title of the year by defeating top seed Madison Brengle 6-2, 6-1 and is poised to break into the top 200. The doubles title went to No. 4 seeds Kimberly Couts and Tetiana Luzhanska who beat top seeds Lindsay Lee-Waters and Megan Moulton-Levy 6-4, 3-6, 10-8.
For complete results, see the Pro Circuit results page at usta.com.
The final two contenders for the National US Open Playoffs were determined yesterday, when the Texas section completed its tournament. Former top 100 pro Alina Jidkova of Russia and current Texas A & M player Colin Hoover will join 30 other men and women next month at national tournaments in Atlanta (men) and Stanford (women) to decide who will receive a qualifying wild card into this year's U.S. Open. Recent sectional winners include juniors Courtney Dolehide, who won the Northern section, Jessica Pegula, who won the Intermountain section, and Belinda Niu, who won the Pacific Northwest section. For a complete list of the winners, see usopen.org.
For more on the Texas section's tournament, click here.
In college news, the NCAA announced that Kalamazoo College will play host to the men's and women's Division III championships in 2013. I'm not sure whether this combined event is a revival or a new concept, but the past several years the men's and women's championships have been at different sites. If my calendar is correct, the dates will be May 21-26. I will be covering the Division I tournament at Illinois, I think, but it's exciting to have another big tennis event here in Kalamazoo.