Douglas, Hilderbrand Win ITF Grade 5 in Austin; Sah, Harvey Take Titles in Dominican Republic; ITA All-American Pre Qualifying Underway
The fall ITF junior circuit began this week in Austin, Texas, a new site for the Grade 5, which had been in Waco previously. Two unseeded 15-year-old Texans, Ellie Douglas and Trey Hilderbrand, finished today as champions, winning their first ITF titles.
Douglas, the No. 3 seed, defeated unseeded Nadia Gizdova 3-6, 6-1, 6-2, while the unseeded Hilderbrand beat Brady Draheim, also unseeded, 7-6(6), 7-5 in the boys final.
Gizdova did get a title however, taking the doubles with Abigail Chiu. The No. 5 seeds beat unseeded Gabriella Cusano and Addison Guevara 6-2, 6-1 in the final. Hilderbrand went 1 for 2 in finals, losing in the boys doubles final, with Henry Cacciatore, to the fourth-seeded team of Mac Kiger and Sebastian Mermersky 6-1, 7-6(5).
At the Grade 5 in the Dominican Republic, Timothy Sah, who swept both titles at the Grade 5 in Puerto Rico last week, did it again. Seeded No. 15 in singles, the 16-year-old from California defeated 15-year-old qualifier Arnav Dhingra 6-3, 6-2 in the final. Sah and Zachary Garner, the No. 2 seeds, defeated No. 4 seeds Evan Bynoe and Vignesh Subramanyan 6-3, 7-6(4) in the doubles final.
Fourteen-year-old Kacie Harvey won her first ITF singles title in the Dominican Republic, with the No. 10 seed defeating unseeded 13-year-old Peyton Stearns 6-3, 6-3 in the final, taking all five of her victories in straight sets. Harvey, who won a doubles title last month in Honduras for her first ITF junior title, also won as a team this week. She and Kianah Motosono, the No. 3 seeds, defeated top seeds Maria Yanez Diaz of Mexico and Jimena Rodriguez Benito 6-3, 6-3 in the final.
At the Junior Davis Cup and Junior Fed Cup today in Madrid, the US boys finished seventh, defeating the Czech Republic 2-1. The complete results of today's placement matches can be found here.
Patrick Rikl (CZE) d. Vasil Kirkov (USA) 64 67(5) 60
Vasil Kirkov/Patrick Kypson (USA) d. Patrick Rikl/Michael Vrbensky (CZE) 76(5) 64