Sunday, July 14, 2013

Gibbs Takes Yakima $50K Title; Krajicek Wins Futures in Canada; Santamaria Reaches Medal Round at World University Games

My live coverage of the Girls 18s Clay Courts in Memphis will begin on Monday, when the seeds take the courts for the first time.  Top seed Spencer Liang will be first on the Racquet Club of Memphis's stadium court at 8 a.m., against Christiana Brigante. The draws can be found at the TennisLink site.

Stanford's Nicole Gibbs wins her first title as a professional
Before the clay coverage takes over the site, I wanted to update the Pro Circuit results from this week, with two-time NCAA champion Nicole Gibbs winning her first tournament since turning pro at the $50,000 Challenger in Yakima, Washington.  Gibbs, seeded No. 8, beat unseeded Ivana Lisjak of Croatia 6-1, 6-4 in today's final. Overall, it's Gibbs' third Pro Circuit singles title.

At the $15,000 Futures in Saskatoon Canada, 2011 NCAA doubles champion Austin Krajicek defeated doubles partner Tennys Sandgren 7-5, 7-6(6) to win his fourth Futures title of the year in singles.  Top seeds Krajicek and Sandgren won the doubles title, Krajicek's fourth of 2013, defeating No. 2 seeds Roman Borvanov of Moldova and Milan Pokrajac of Canada 6-4, 3-6, 10-5.

Recent Duke graduate Henrique Cunha won the $10,000 Futures title in Turkey, defeating French junior Enzo Couacaud, seeded fifth, 2-6, 6-2, 6-4. Cunha was unseeded in both singles and doubles, but he and UNC-Wilmington's Chris Cooprider also won the doubles title.

Former University of Virginia Cavalier Ted Angelinos took the title in the $10,000 Futures in Bulgaria. The top seed, Angelinos defeated No. 5 seed Gleb Sakarov of France 6-4, 4-6, 6-4 in the final.

The Pro Circuit events this week find the women in Portland, Oregon and the men in Binghamton New York, both $50,000 Challengers, as well as $10,000 events, in Joplin, Missouri for the men, and in Evansville, Indiana for the women. 

At the World University Games in Kazan, Russia, Southern Cal's Sabrina Santamaria, who is unseeded, reached the medal round, defeating Laura Siegemund of Germany 7-6(2), 6-2 in the quarterfinals. Santamaria will play Hiroko Kuwata of Japan, also unseeded, for a place in the gold medal match.  For complete results, go to the website and click on the tennis symbol.


Midwest Tennis said...

Below are the Wildcards earned for Winning Boys 18s Singles Super National: (Each winner also earns US Open Junior Main draw wildcard)

Easter Bowl - USTA Future singles Main Draw

Clay Courts - USTA Future singles Main Draw

Hard Courts - US Open Men's Main Draw

Winter National - USTA Future singles Main Draw

Why does Kalamazoo get awarded the BIGGEST of prizes and the other 3 get the LOWEST of the prizes?

The strength of the fields definitely resemble the prize awarded at the end. The womens have the same prize.

The 4 Pro Grand Slams have a very small gap in prize money difference. Why should the USTA have this much gap? This is a huge bias.

Does the USTA not think other tournaments are important?

Please help me understand

Colette Lewis said...

The Easter Bowl ITF and Clay Courts 18s also provide a US Open Junior Championships main draw wild card to the winners. For many juniors, that is a better "prize" than the Futures main draw wild card.

people said...

Kalamazoo (and San Diego for the girls) are THE National Championships. thats why they get the biggest prize. not a seasonal or surface championship. the NATIONAL championship to determine the National Champion.

Midwest Tennis said...

I agree that Hard Courts are the biggest of tournaments - is that because they have the biggest prize awarded to them?

I believe the Hard Courts needs to have a separate title and be awarded alot more points than the other SuperNationals. They do not have the same value, merit, and depth of players.

The Hard Courts are still the same level, same points and the same name (SuperNational) as Winters and Clays.

If Winter Nationals had the same prize for the winner then all the players would be playing that tournament and not Kalamazoo.