McKenzie, Storrie Win Waco ITF Titles; Neel into Amelia Island $10K Final; Nevolo and Sarkissian Meet for Irvine Futures Title
The ITF Grade 5 in Waco, Texas wrapped up today, with Kylie McKenzie and Ryan Storrie winning titles.
The 15-year-old McKenzie, the current National 16s champion, was seeded No. 14, but she lost only one set in her six victories, and in the semifinals and final, dropped only two games total. In today's final, the Arizona resident defeated No. 6 seed Abigail Desiatnikov, a wild card entry, 6-2, 6-0, claiming her second ITF singles title.
The 16-year-old Storrie, who is from Great Britain but trains in Southern California, was seeded 15th, but he too lost only one set en route to his first ITF title. Storrie defeated qualifier Joshua Sheehy 6-4, 6-1 in today's singles championship match.
No. 2 seeds Kayla Day and Alexandra Sanford won the girls doubles title, beating No. 6 seeds Emerald Able and Jada Hart 4-6, 7-5, 13-11. The boys doubles title went to Sheehy and his partner Parker Wynn, with the unseeded team defeating No. 2 seeds Vasil Kirkov and Trent Bryde 6-4, 4-6, 12-10.
In other ITF finals involving American juniors, No. 3 seed Madison Bourguignon lost in the championship match at the ITF Grade 2 tournament in Uruguay. She was beaten by No. 5 seed Julieta Estable 6-2, 7-6(2). At the Grade 5 in Puerto Rico, unseeded 15-year-old Victoria Emma defeated fellow unseeded American Nami Otsuka 7-6(6), 6-0 in the final, picking up her first ITF singles title. Emma won the doubles title too, with she and Elene Tsokilauri defeating top seeds Natalia Barbery of Bolivia and Sofia Munera Sanchez of Colombia 4-6, 6-2, 10-3. The boys singles champion, Jake Gabay, also swept the titles in Puerto Rico. Gabay, seeded No. 5, defeated unseeded Robert Loeb 6-2, 6-2 to win the singles title. He also teamed with Gabriel Pilones to take the doubles title, with the top seeds defeating No. 2 seeds Boris Kozlov (Stefan's younger brother) and Franz Luna Lavidalie of Guatemala 7-5, 6-4.
Sixteen-year-old qualifier Ingrid Neel moved into the final of the $10,000 Amelia Island tournament, defeating No. 6 seed Emma Flood of Norway 6-3, 1-6, 6-2. Neel, who is playing in her first final at the Pro Circuit level, will meet 29-year-old wild card Edina Gallovits-Hall of Romania, who beat US Open girls champion Marie Bouzkova of the Czech Republic 2-6, 6-2, 6-3. It is Gallovits-Hall's first final since April of 2012, when she lost to Camilia Giorgi of Italy in the championship match of the $50,000 tournament in Dothan, Alabama, but she hadn't played at all since January of 2013 before her appearance this week.
The doubles title went to top seeds Keri Wong(Clemson) and Maria-Fernanda Alves of Brazil, who beat teenagers Sophie Chang and Andie Daniell 7-6(6), 7-6(4) in today's final.
At the $50,000 Napa Valley Challenger, top seed Sam Querrey and No. 2 seed Tim Smyczek will meet in Sunday's final. Querrey downed unseeded Alex Bolt of Australia 6-2, 6-3 and Smyczek ended the run of Jared Donaldson, beating the 17-year-old 3-6, 6-4, 6-3.
In Las Vegas, No. 4 seed Madison Brengle will play for the title of the $50,000 Red Rock Open after her 6-2, 6-4 win over qualifier Kateryna Bondarenko of Ukraine in today's semifinals. Brengle will face No. 8 seed Michelle Larcher de Brito of Portugal, who stopped the winning streak of No. 3 seed Anna Tatishvili with a 6-3, 7-5 victory in the semifinals.
The final of the $10,000 Futures in Irvine, California will feature two former collegiate All-Americans in No. 2 seed Dennis Nevolo(Illinois) and No. 7 seed Alex Sarkissian(Pepperdine). Nevolo defeated No. 6 seed Greg Jones of Australia 7-6(5), 6-2 and Sarkissian ousted top seed Jason Jung(Michigan) 6-3, 6-1.