I've just returned from a day trip to Ann Arbor, where I watched the Michigan women defeat the University of Southern Californa women 5-2 in an exciting Kickoff Weekend final that took nearly five hours to complete. I'll have a complete match report with details of all the twists and turns Wednesday at the Tennis Recruiting Network, but if you can't wait, Mgoblue.com has posted its update. The final matches of the ITA Kickoff Weekend will conclude on Monday and I'll be reviewing all the results here in tomorrow night's post.
The big news today in junior tennis was Henrik Wiersholm's boys championship at Les Petits As. Wiersholm, the No. 2 seed, defeated No. 5 Bogdan Borza of Romania 6-2, 5-7, 6-3 to capture the title. Wiersholm is the seventh American boy to win the championship since the competition began in 1983, and the first since Chase Buchanan won the title in 2005. The set Wiersholm lost to Borza was the only one he surrendered in the tournament. A week ago at the Aegon International Teen Tennis, Wiersholm lost a three-setter to U.S. teammate Stefan Kozlov in the final.
Jelena Ostapenko, the No. 3 seed, won the girls title, becoming the first Latvian to claim a Les Petit As singles championship. Ostapenko overcame No. 7 seed Anastasiya Komdardina of Russia 1-6, 6-3, 6-3.
For more, see the tournament website.
At the Weston Futures, Jack Sock lost to Phillip Simmonds 6-2, 6-2 in the singles final. He and former Texas All-American Dimitar Kutrovsky, seeded No. 2 in doubles, lost in the final to unseeded Soong-Jae Cho and Hyun-Joon Kim of Korea 6-3, 6-4.
Ryan Harrison won his first Challenger title in Honolulu, defeating Alex Kuznetsov 6-4, 3-6, 6-4. Harrison also teamed with former UCLA Bruin Travis Rettenmaier to win the doubles title. The final was a walkover victory against Robert Kendrick and Kuznetsov.
For complete draws, and results from the qualifying for the upcoming week, see the ATP tour website.
Sunday, January 30, 2011