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Saturday, February 4, 2012

Two Orange Bowl Winners Face Off in Rancho Santa Fe Final; Williams Plays for Palm Coast Title; College Stars Collect Doubles Titles; Peliwo Features

Lauren Davis, who won the $25,000 Women's Pro Circuit title two weeks ago in Plantation, Florida, will put her nine-match winning streak on the line Sunday when she meets Julia Boserup in the final of the $25,000 tournament in Rancho Santa Fe, California. The unseeded Davis came back to defeat Krista Hardebeck 6-7(4), 6-2, 6-0 in one of today's all-American semifinals, while Boserup, also unseeded, advanced over No. 2 seed Alexa Glatch when Glatch retired trailing 6-2, 1-0. The 20-year-old Boserup, the 2008 Orange Bowl champion, and the 18-year-old Davis, the 2010 Orange Bowl champion, have split their two meetings on the ITF Women's Circuit, with Davis winning 6-4, 7-6(5) in the Lexington $50K qualifying in July of 2010, and Boserup earning a 3-6, 6-4, 6-4 victory in last fall's $25K in Redding. Both are at their career highs in the WTA rankings, with Boserup at 202 and Davis at 250.

In the doubles final today in Rancho Santa Fe, two former Pac-10/12 rivals teamed to take the title, with former UCLA Bruin Yasmin Schnack and former USC Trojan Maria Sanchez, the fourth seeds, defeating the unseeded Ukrainian pair of Irina Buryachok and Elizaveta Ianchuk 7-6(4) 4-6, 10-8.

In the $15,000 Mexican Futures, Austin Krajicek, formerly of Texas A&M and Devin Britton, formerly of Ole Miss, earned their second straight doubles title in that country. Krajicek, the 2011 NCAA doubles champion, and Britton, the 2009 NCAA singles champion, beat Victor Estrella of the Dominican Republic and Piero Luisi of Venezuela 6-3, 6-4. They were not forced into a match tiebreaker in any of their four victories.

At the $50,000 Burnie Australia Challenger, JP Smith and John Peers won the doubles title, with the unseeded Australians defeating No. 4 seeds Divij Sharan and Vishnu Vardhan of India 6-2, 6-4. Smith, an eight-time all-American at Tennessee, and Peers, who played at Middle Tennessee State before transferring to Baylor for his senior season, were a wild card team who had not played together before, although both have won multiple Futures doubles titles with other partners.

Rhyne Williams, who played on the same Tennessee team as JP Smith for the 2009-10 and 2010-11 seasons, is into the final of the $10,000 Futures in Palm Coast Florida. The unseeded Williams, who hasn't lost a set in his first four matches, will play unseeded Jason Kubler of Australia, who has reached the final in three of the four Florida Futures tournaments in 2012. For more on Williams' professional results, see this article from the University of Tennessee's sports blog.

Although he didn't win the Australian Open, Canadian Filip Peliwo could hardly be unhappy with his trip Down Under. He won the Grade 1 in Traralgon, beating ITF No. 1 Luke Saville in the final, and then, unseeded, reached the final in Melbourne, where he fell to Saville in three sets. For more on Peliwo, his prospects and his plans, see this article from the Vancouver Sun, and this article from the Canadian Press.