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Sunday, October 28, 2012

Top Seeds Kyrgios and Siniakova Take Grade A Osaka Mayor's Cup Titles; Atlanta Grade 4 Starts Monday; Edmund, Keys Among Many Teens Winning Pro Events

Top seeds Nick Kyrgios of Australia and Katerina Siniakova of the Czech Republic took the ITF Grade A Osaka Mayor's Cup singles titles today in Japan.

Kyrgios, 17,  defeated No. 2 seed and local favorite Kaichi Uchida 7-6(5), 7-6(4) to claim his first singles title at the Grade A level, although he does have two junior slam titles in doubles this year at Roland Garros and Wimbledon. He wasn't able to capture the doubles title in Osaka however, with Croatia's Borna Coric and Great Britain's Alexander Sendegeya, the No. 8 seeds, defeating Kyrgios and partner Omar Jasika of Australia, the No. 4 seeds,  3-6, 7-6(6), 10-4.

Siniakova now holds two Grade A titles simultaneously, a rare feat in the juniors, with the Italian Open winner prevailing 6-4, 6-4 over No. 4 seed Karin Kennel of Switzerland in today's girls final.  The 16-year-old was fortunate not to be affected by the virus that was circulating during the tournament, which left Indy de Vroome of the Netherlands unable to take the court against Siniakova for a much-anticipated quarterfinal contest. 

No. 7 seeds Harriet Dart and Katy Dunne of Great Britain received a walkover into the final of the doubles due to illness, losing to the No. 5 seeds Mami Adachi and Hikari Yamamoto of Japan 3-6, 7-5, 10-8.

ITF junior circuit action resumes in the United States tomorrow, with the first round of the Grade 4 ITF in Atlanta. The final round of qualifying is today.  The order of play can be found at the TennisLink site.

In mentioned last night how many teenagers were seeking Pro Circuit titles today, and nearly all came through in today's finals.

Seventeen-year-old Kyle Edmund of Great Britain defeated No. 3 seed Chase Buchanan 7-6(2), 2-6, 6-4 to win his first professional title at the $10,000 Birmingham, Ala. Futures, while Madison Keys, also 17, took the championship at the $50,000 tournament in Saguenay, Canada.  Keys, the No. 7 seed, defeated No. 6 seed Eugenie Bouchard of Canada 6-4, 6-2 in Keys' first tournament since the US Open Women's qualifying back in August.  It is her first tournament title on the Pro Circuit since she won a $10,000 in Cleveland more than two years ago.

Ashleigh Barty, 16, of Australia won her fourth title on the Pro Circuit this year at the $25,000 event in Traralgon Australia, defeating Arina Rodionova of Russia 6-2, 6-3. 

French Open girls champion Annika Beck of Germany, 18, won the $75,000 ITF Women's Circuit event in her home country, defeating Eva Birnerova 6-3, 7-6(8) in today's final.

Puerto Rico's Monica Puig, 19, won her second straight tournament in France, taking the title at the $100,000 Women's Circuit event in Poitiers with a 7-5, 1-6, 7-5 over Elena Vesnina of Russia.

Eighteen-year-old Saisai Zheng of China took the $25,000 tournament in Taiwan, defeating 19-year-old Zarina Diyas of Kazakhstan in the final.

And while she is not a teenager, it's worth noting that Alexa Glatch has won two straight $25,000 tournaments in Japan, beating Australia's Monique Adamczak in both finals.