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Saturday, March 14, 2015

Coppoc, Clark Take Titles at ITF Grade 3 Costa Rica Bowl; All-American Finals Set at Both Gainesville Pro Circuit Event and ITF Grade 1 Banana Bowl

Zeke Clark and Morgan Coppoc led a US sweep of all four titles at this week's ITF Grade 3 in Costa Rica.

The 16-year-old Clark, seeded sixth, defeated unseeded Gianni Ross of the United States 2-6, 6-1, 6-1 to claim his first singles title on the ITF Junior Circuit.  Ross did collect a winner's trophy however, teaming with John Jorgeson to take the doubles title. The No. 3 seeds defeated Filip Duda of the Czech Republic and Sebastian Mermersky, the No. 4 seeds, 6-2, 7-5 in the final.

Coppoc, who will be 16 next month, also collected her first ITF singles title, defeating fellow qualifier Ali Collins of Great Britain 2-6, 7-6(5), 6-2 in the championship match.  Unseeded Kariann Pierre-Louis and Naomi Waters won the girls doubles title, beating Eliz Maloney of Great Britain and Maria Tanasescu of Canada, who were also unseeded, 6-3, 7-5 in the final.

At the ITF Grade 1 Banana Bowl in Brazil, the girls final will feature two Americans, with top seed Usue Arconada meeting No. 9 seed Francesca Di Lorenzo for the championship.  Di Lorenzo defeated No. 10 seed Jaqueline Cristian of Romania 6-2, 6-0 in Saturday's semifinals, and Arconada topped No. 3 seed Seone Mendez of Australia 5-7, 7-6(5), 6-3.

Di Lorenzo has already secured one title, winning the doubles championship today with Luisa Stefani of Brazil. Stefani, who won the doubles title last year with Renata Zarazua of Mexico, and Di Lorenzo, the No. 3 seeds, defeated Cristian and Maia Lumsden of Great Britain 6-2, 6-0 in the final.

A Brazilian champion is assured in the boys singles, with top seed Orlando Luz facing unseeded Igor Marcondes in the final.  In the boys doubles, No. 3 seeds Marcelo Barrios Vera of Chile and Juan Jose Rosas of Peru took the title with a 7-6(5), 6-7(1), 10-7 win over top seeds Luz and Miomir Kecmanovic of Serbia.

Yet another all-American final will take place at the $10,000 USTA Pro Circuit event in Gainesville, Florida with 16-year-old Sonya Kenin taking on 17-year-old Katerina Stewart in Sunday's singles final.

Qualifier Kenin advanced to her first Pro Circuit final with a 6-2, 6-7(2), 7-5 win over Kaitlyn McCarthy, while top seed Stewart avenged a loss last year to Katerina Kramperova of the Czech Republic with a 5-7, 6-3, 6-2 victory over the No. 4 seed.

Stewart has two victories of Kenin, both back in 2013. Stewart beat Kenin in the semifinals of the USTA Girls 16s championships 7-5, 6-3 and in the quarterfinals of the ITF Grade 4 in Plantation 6-3, 6-0.

In the doubles final today, unseeded 16-year-olds Ingrid Neel and Fanni Stollar of Hungary won the title, beating qualifiers Kenin and Marie Norris 6-3, 6-3.