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Saturday, October 18, 2014

Bellis Reaches Second Straight $25K Final; Wild Card Kozlov Draws Klizan in ATP Valencia Tournament; Jenkins Sweeps Toowoomba Futures; Nominate Your Favorite Tournament Director

CiCi Bellis continued her run in South Carolina, with the 15-year-old reaching her second $25,000 Pro Circuit final in as many weeks with a 1-6, 6-4, 6-1 seminial win today over unseeded Petra Rampre in Florence.  Bellis, who received direct entry this week due to reaching the final last week in Rock Hill, went down a break 1-0 in the second set after dropping the first, but won four of the next five games for a 4-2 lead.  She let that slip, but broke Rampre serving at 4-5 to send the match to a third set, which Bellis dominated.  She will play No. 6 seed Ysaline Bonaventure of Belgium in Sunday's final, looking for her tenth straight win.

Michael Mmoh's run at the Mansfield Futures ended in today's semifinals, with No. 4 seed Dimitar Kutrovsky(Texas) beating the 16-year-old 6-2, 6-4.  Kutrovsky will play top seed Liam Broady in both Sunday finals. He and Henrique Cunha(Duke), the No. 3 seeds, will play Broady and Dennis Novikov(UCLA), the No. 2 seeds, in the doubles final.

Stefan Kozlov announced, even before he had reached the Sacramento Challenger final, that he had received a main draw wild card into the ATP 500 tournament next week in Valencia Spain.  With the draw released today, the 16-year-old learned he will face unseeded Martin Klizan of Slovakia in his second ATP tour-level match.  The 25-year-old Klizan is ranked No. 37.  The schedule has not been announced, but the draw is available here.

2013 NCAA finalist Jarmere Jenkins continued his outstanding fall, winning his second straight $15,000 Futures in Australia.  This week in Toowoomba, the former Virginia Cavalier, seeded No. 3, beat top seed and two-time junior slam winner Luke Saville of Australia 6-3, 7-5 in the final.  He also partnered with Mitchell Krueger for the doubles title, their second in the past three weeks.  Jenkins and Krueger, the top seeds, defeated No. 2 seeds Jake Eames and Christopher O'Connell of Australia 6-2, 6-2 in the final. They didn't lose more than four games in any of the eight sets of doubles they played.

In other results from the ITF Pro Circuit, Australian Open champion Elizaveta Kulichkova of Russia won her third $25,000 tournament of the year, this one in Thailand. The 18-year-old, seeded fourth, defeated No. 6 seed Lesley Kerkhove of the Netherlands 6-1, 6-0 in the final.

And Wimbledon boys semifinalist Johan Sebastien Tatlot of France claimed his second Futures title in two months and third overall at a $10,000 tournament in Italy.  Tatlot, the No. 4 seed, beat No. 6 seed Walter Trusendi of Italy 2-6, 7-5, 6-3 in the final.

Lisa Stone at Parenting Aces has taken a step to accentuate the positive in junior tennis tournaments, implementing an award for Best Tournament Director. Recognition in that job is tough to come by, so if you have had a good experience at a junior tournament, here's your chance to give feedback that will help provide some.  I plan to fill out a nomination myself. The direct link to the nomination form is here.