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Monday, February 16, 2015

Chang Wins Grade 3 in Mexico; Halbauer Collects Another WTA Family Circle Cup Qualifying Wild Card

Before today's final at the ITA Men's Team Indoor, a quick update on several junior results over the weekend.

At the ITF Grade 3 tournament in Mexico,  Hanna Chang defeated Rachel Lim in an all-American final 6-4, 7-6(2).  Zeke Clark fell in the boys final to promising 14-year-old Canadian Felix Auger Aliassime 4-6, 6-4, 6-3.  None of the finalists were seeded.  Amanda Meyer teamed with Mexico's Alexia Coutino Castillo to win the doubles title. The No. 2 seeds were declared champions due to a default by the American team of Jessica Livianu and Kariann Pierre-Louis.

In Bolivia, at the ITF Grade 2, Mwendwa Mbithi, seeded fourth, lost in the final to Argentina's Franco Capalbo, the top seed, 6-2, 6-3. Capalbo has won the last three tournaments in South America, a Grade 1 and two Grade 2s, beating Mbithi along the way each time.  The girls title went to Orange Bowl 16s champion Bianca Andreescu of Canada, who swept the titles there, also winning the doubles with Isabelle Boulais.

This week US juniors are playing in the Grade 2 in Chile, with Alexandra Sanford(2) and Liam Caruana(4) the top-seeded Americans, and the Grade 4 in Mexico.

The Southern section's Dunlop Junior Championships annually provide girls an opportunity to win a wild card into the upcoming WTA Family Circle Cup, and this year's winner is the same as last year's winner, Ellie Halbauer.  Top seed Halbauer defeated Kaitlyn McCarthy, the No. 3 seed, 7-5, 5-7, 10-6 for the wild card.  Duke recruit McCarthy did get an excellent win in the semifinals, beating ITF junior No. 14 Anna Kalinskaya 6-3, 7-6(5).

Complete draws can be found here.  An article about the final match can be found at the Charleston's The Post and Courier.