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Sunday, October 5, 2014

Anderson Wins ITA Women's All-American Championship; Hanfmann, Stiefelmayer Meet for Men's All-American Title; Kozlov Falls to Querrey, Bouzkova Wins Hilton Head $10K

UCLA's Robin Anderson, the second seed, defeated teammate and No. 6 seed Chanelle Van Nguyen 6-0, 6-2 to capture the Women's ITA Riviera All-American singles title Sunday.

Anderson, a senior who reached both the All-American and Indoor finals last year, is the first UCLA player to win the tournament, held in Pacific Palisades, California, not far from the Bruins' campus.  Anderson won the ITA Indoor title in 2012, so she now joins an elite group who have claimed two or more collegiate majors in their careers. She also won the All-American doubles title last year with Jennifer Brady.

No. 7 seeds Beatrice Gumulya and Jessy Rompies of Clemson captured the doubles title, beating unseeded Carol Zhao and Taylor Davidson of Stanford 1-6, 6-1, 10-8.

Winners of the consolation finals (for first round losers only) get an automatic bid to next month's USTA/ITA Indoor in New York.  North Carolina's Jamie Loeb, who won both fall championships as a freshman last year, defeated Julia Elbaba of Virginia 4-6, 6-1, 7-6(4) in the consolation final. It was a repeat of last month's final at the American Collegiate Invitational at the US Open, which Loeb also won.

The men's ITA All-American Championships semifinals were played today in Tulsa, with No. 2 seed Yannick Hanfmann of Southern Cal and qualifier Sebastian Stiefelmayer of Louisville earning spots in the final.  Hanfmann defeated unseeded Romain Bogaerts of Wake Forest 6-3, 6-3, the senior from Germany's fifth consecutive straight-set win this week.  In contrast, Stiefelmayer, a senior from Austria, needed three sets for the third time in his five main draw matches (he also went three sets in two of his three qualifying victories), beating University of Virginia sophomore Thai Kwiatkowski 6-1, 3-6, 6-1.  Stiefelmayer is the first player from Louisville to make the All-American final and the first qualifier to do so since Robert Farah of Southern Cal in 2007.

The doubles final will also feature Hanfmann, after he and partner Roberto Quiroz defeated lucky losers Jeremy Efferding and Jordan Szabo of Texas A&M 6-1, 6-4.  The unseeded Southern Cal pair will take on top seeds, defending champions and NCAA champions Hunter Reese and Mikelis Libietis of Tennessee, who downed No. 3 seeds Arjun Kahde and Jakob Sude of Oklahoma State 7-5, 2-6, 10-7.

The TCU team of Nick Chappell and Will Stein won the consolation doubles final and a place in the draw at the Indoors next month with a 6-1, 6-3 win over Tim Kopinski and Ross Guignon of Illinois.

The consolation singles match, scheduled for Monday, will feature UCLA's Mackenzie McDonald and Ohio State's Chris Diaz, who wasn't in the main draw, but got into the draw as a lucky loser from the final round of qualifying.

In the final of the $100,000 Sacramento Challenger Sunday, top seed Sam Querrey beat 16-year-old wild card Stefan Kozlov 6-3, 6-4 to win his second consecutive Challenger title. The Australian team of Adam Hubble and JP Smith(Tennessee) won the doubles title, beating No. 2 seeds Peter Polansky and Adil Shamasdin of Canada 6-3 6-2 in the final.

Qualifying for the third California Challenger, the $100,000 tournament in Tiburon, is underway now.  Kozlov is in as a special exempt there; wild cards were given to Jared Donaldson, Bjorn Fratangelo, Daniel Nguyen (Southern Cal) and Stanford recruit Tom Fawcett.

There is also a $15,000 men's Futures in Houston this week, with the final round of qualifying on Monday.

The women's Pro Circuit is in Rock Hill, South Carolina, for a $25,000 tournament. The first round of qualifying was today.

At the $10,000 tournament in Hilton Head, SC, US Open girls champion Marie Bouzkova of the Czech Republic won her first pro tournament, defeating Natalia Vikhlyantseva of Russia 7-5, 6-1.  Neither teenager was seeded.

Top seeds Maria-Fernanda Alves of Brazil and former Clemson Tiger Keri Wong won their second straight doubles title, beating No. 3 seeds Emily Harman and Madeleine Kobelt(Syracuse) 6-1, 7-6(5).