Hibi Wins Las Cruces Pro Circuit $25K; Another Doubles Title for Wong; Bortles, Zlobinsky Win ITF Junior Events
Carson ISC and Easter Bowl champion Mayo Hibi picked up her first title at the $25,000 level yesterday at the Pro Circuit event in Las Cruces, New Mexico.
The 17-year-old Irvine California resident, who plays under the Japanese flag, defeated Petra Rampre of Slovenia, who at 33 is nearly twice her age, 6-3, 6-0 in the final. Hibi, the No. 8 seed, and Rampre, the No. 2 seed, had already met twice before this year, splitting three-set decisions, so the outcome may not have been a surprise, but the score was. With the 50 WTA points she earned are added next week, Hibi will be close to the Top 300.
Former Clemson All-American Keri Wong picked up her third pro doubles title in New Mexico, and as the case with the previous two, her partner was Maria-Fernanda Alvarez-Teran of Bolivia. Wong and Alvarez-Teran defeated Hibi and her partner, former Pepperdine star Anamika Bhargava, 6-2, 6-2 in the final. Neither team was seeded. For more on Wong's recent doubles success, see this article from the Clemson website. For more on both the finals, see this article from the Las Cruces Sun-News.
In the $10,000 Futures in Innisbrook, Florida, former Tulsa standout Marcelo Arevalo swept the titles. The 22-year-old from El Salvador, who turned professional with two years of eligibility remaining, defeated unseeded Fernando Romboli of Brazil 6-3, 7-6(5) in the singles final, as the No. 2 seed. He won the doubles title with recent Baylor graduate Roberto Maytin of Venezuela, with the No. 3 seeds defeating No. 4 seeds Eric Quigley and Sekou Bangoura 3-6, 6-4, 10-7.
Former Alabama star Saketh Myneni, who was one of my May Aces for his four Futures titles last month, continued his winning ways, taking the title at a $10,000 Futures in Guam. The top seed, Myneni won all five of his matches in straight sets, defeating unseeded Masato Shiga of Japan 6-0, 6-1.
Former Florida Gator Antoine Benneteau won his second Futures title since leaving Gainesville in 2010, taking the singles championships at a $10,000 tournament in Israel. Benneteau, the No. 2 seed, beat unseeded Igor Smilansky of Israel 6-2, 6-2 in the final.
In ITF junior competition outside the French Open, US players took a total of four titles. Julian Zlobinsky won both singles and doubles at the ITF Grade 3 in Kazakhstan, and Alexa Bortles won singles title at the Grade 4 in Costa Rica, with Sydney Riley and Hada Chang winning the doubles.
The unseeded Bortles beat compatriot Helen Altick, the No. 6 seed, 7-5, 6-1 in the girls singles final. It is the first ITF title for Bortles, who turns 15 next month. Riley and Chang, who beat Bortles and Altick in the doubles semifinals, defeated No. 2 seeds Alexandra Miller-Krasilnikov and Elizabeth Sutherland of the US 6-7(4), 6-4, 10-4 in the final.
Zlobinsky, the No. 1 seed, defeated No. 7 seed Timur Khabibulin of Kazakhstan 6-4, 4-6, 6-4 in the singles final, and partnered Ivan Liutarevich of Belarus to take the doubles title. Zlobinsky and Liutarevich, the No. 1 seeds, defeated Khabibulin and his partner Roman Khassanov of Kazakhstan 6-2, 6-4 in the final.
Last week, I neglected to mention Olivia Hauger's title at the Grade 4 in Estonia, and Dennis Uspensky reaching the final at the Grade 2 in Hungary.