It was a very successful day for US Open junior champions and Kalamazoo champions, with Grace Min, Jack Sock and Austin Krajicek claiming titles on the ITF men's and women's circuits.
Sock, who won the Kalamazoo 18s title in 2010 and 2011 and the US Open boys championship in 2010, won his first Futures singles title since November of 2009, beating 18-year-old Jason Kubler of Australia 6-1, 7-6(5) in the $10,000 Futures in Plantation, Florida. The 19-year-old Sock, seeded eighth, didn't drop a set all week on the Har-Tru, the same surface as his previous Futures title in 2009, in Amelia Island.
Recent Texas A&M graduate Austin Krajicek, who won Kalamazoo in 2008, captured his first singles title as a pro in the $15,000 China Futures, beating top seed Ze Zhang of China 3-6, 6-3, 7-6(4). The 21-year-old, who won the NCAA doubles championship with Jeff Dadamo last year, reached the final in last week's Futures in China, and this week, he and 2009 NCAA champion Devin Britton advanced to the final of the doubles tournament. Sock also reached the doubles final in Plantation with Nick Monroe, losing to University of Virginia's Jarmere Jenkins and Drew Courtney.
The third American to take a title today is Grace Min, the 2011 US Open girls champion, who won her first professional title (she is still an amateur) today in the $25,000 event in Innisbrook Florida. Min, 17, qualified for the tournament, and beat No. 2 seed Gail Brodsky 2-6, 6-2, 6-4 in final for her eighth consecutive win. It was a great rebound for Min, who had lost 6-0, 6-0 to Alison Riske in the first round of the USTA's Australian Open wild card tournament in her hometown of Atlanta last month. Brodsky had beaten Riske in that same tournament to advance to the final, where she lost to Madison Keys.
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An the ITF Grade 1 in Venezuela, No. 7 seed Filip Bergevi of Sweden defeated No. 12 seed Christian Garin of Chile 6-4, 6-2 to claim his first Grade 1 title. Noah Rubin and Stefan Kozlov of the US were originally scheduled to play in the tournament, but did not make the trip. The girls singles title at the Copa Gatorade went to No. 7 seed Daria Salnikova of Russia, who defeated No. 11 seed Petra Uberalova of Slovakia 3-6, 6-1, 6-4. Christina Makarova of the US, the No. 3 seed, lost to doubles partner Uberalova in the quarterfinals, but the pair reached the doubles final before falling to Domenica Gonzalez of Ecuador and Laura Pigossi of Brazil 3-6, 6-3, 10-7. The boys doubles title went to Bergevi and Jeroen Vanneste of Belgium, who beat the Russian pair of Fedor Andrienko and Anton Desyatnik 6-2, 6-4.