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Sunday, November 14, 2010

Callahan, Austin Win Evert ITF Titles; Pro Circuit Enters Final Week in U.S.


The next two weeks will be quiet here in the U.S., as the final ITF prior to the Eddie Herr finished today at the Evert Academy in Boca Raton. Fourteen-year-old Brooke Austin, seeded fourth, took the girls singles title, her second Grade 4 title since qualifying for the U.S. Open juniors in September, with a 7-5, 6-2 win over Jennifer Brady, the sixth seed. Hunter Callahan, the 17-year-old who is starting at Ohio State this spring, won his first ITF title with a 6-7(5), 6-1, 6-2 win over No. 3 seed Roberto Cid. Callahan was the No. 4 seed in the tournament. Gabrielle Andrews and Taylor Townsend won their second consecutive doubles title with a 6-2 6-4 victory over Josie Kuhlman and Chalena Scholl, who were also unseeded. Eric Johnson and Mackenzie McDonald, seeded fifth, won the boys doubles, defeating unseeded Luca Corinteli and Richard Del Nunzio 6-0, 6-3. For complete draws, see the ITF junior website.

At the Knoxville Challenger, No. 3 seed Kei Nishikori of Japan defeated No. 6 seed Robert Kendrick 6-1, 6-4 to take the singles title. None of the current college players advanced out of the first round, although Indoor champion Rhyne Williams had three match points in his 6-7(5), 7-5, 7-6(6) loss to South African Rik De Voest. De Voest and compatriot Izak Van Der Merwe, the No. 3 seeds, won the doubles title 6-1, 6-4 over unseeded Alex Kuznetsov and Alex Bogomolov of the U.S. Complete draws can be found at the Challenger website.

In the $10,000 Men's Futures event in Pensacola, No. 3 seed Dennis Bloemke of Germany defeated unseeded Phillip Simmonds of the U.S. 6-1, 6-3 to win the singles title. The doubles title went to No. 3 seeds Jack Sock and Dimitar Kutrovsky, who beat unseeded Jordan Cox and Devin Britton 5-7, 6-2, 10-8.

No. 2 seed Varvara Lepchenko of the U.S. won her third straight Challenger today in the $75,000 Pro Circuit event in Phoenix, defeating top seed Melanie Oudin 6-3, 7-6(5). Irina Falconi reached the semifinals before falling to Lepchenko in three sets. CoCo Vandeweghe and Tetiana Luzhanska of Ukraine won the doubles title 7-5, 6-4 over Julia Boserup and Sloane Stephens in a battle of unseeded teams.

For complete results of these three tournaments, see the usta.com results page.

Elsewhere, 2010 ITA Player of the Year Robert Farah, formerly of USC, captured the doubles title at the $50,000 Challenger in Eucador. The unseeded team of Farah and fellow Colombian Juan Sebastian Cabal defeated top seeds France Ferreiro and Andre Sa of Brazil 7-5, 7-6(3). For complete results, see the ATP site.

As I mentioned yesterday, the Pro Circuit Futures moves to Amelia Island, where Jack Sock is the defending champion, while the final Pro Circuit men's Challenger of the year is in Champaign, Illinois. Dennis Nevolo, Amer Delic, Abraham Souza and Steve Johnson received main draw wild cards. For qualifying results, see the tournament website.