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Sunday, June 19, 2016

Bellis, Fahey, Bangoura, King and Keys Win Titles; Ten US Men Begin Wimbledon Qualifying Monday

All four Pro Circuits events in North America produced US champions, with CiCi Bellis winning in Sumter, Sekou Bangoura in Winston-Salem, Evan King in Buffalo and Kate Fahey in Victoria British Columbia.


Seventeen-year-old Bellis defeated qualifier Valeria Solovyeva of Russia 6-1, 6-3 in the final of the $25,000 tournament in Sumter South Carolina, her first title of 2016 and the fourth of her career.  Nineteen-year-old Kate Fahey, who played No. 3 at Michigan this year as a freshman, earned her first title at the $10,000 tournament in Canada. Her 6-2, 6-1 victory over No. 8 seed Jessica Failla, who played at No. 5 at USC as a freshman, ended a week in which Fahey dropped only one set, to No. 2 seed Alexandra Morosova in the second round.

Fahey wasn't the only Wolverine to claim a title today, with former Michigan All-American Evan King winning his second straight, in two different countries, at the $10,000 tournament in Buffalo.  The second-seeded King, who won a title in Japan last week, defeated top seed Gavin Van Peperzeel of Australia 7-6(4), 6-3 in the final, collecting his fifth career Futures singles title. The 24-year-old didn't drop a set in his five wins.

At the $25,000 Futures in Winston-Salem, top seed Sekou Bangoura won his first title of the year and fourth singles title of his career, beating No. 2 seed Darian King of Barbados 6-3, 6-2 in the final. His last match was the only one all week that didn't go to a third set.

Madison Keys will move into the WTA Top 10 for the first time tomorrow after reaching the final of the Birmingham Premier event, and she went on to claim the title today, beating Barbora Strycova of the Czech Republic 6-3, 6-4. The 21-year-old now has two WTA titles, both on grass. Keys is the first US woman to enter the WTA Top 10 since Serena Williams in 1999. For more on today's final, see the WTA website.

For the second week in a row, 19-year-old Ernesto Escobedo has qualified for an ATP event, this time in Nottingham.  He will play Diego Schwartzman of Argentina, and if he wins his first ATP match, he will face Sam Querrey. Taylor Fritz, who picked up his first ATP level win last year in Nottingham, lost to Adrian Mannarino of France in the first round today.

Wimbledon qualifying begins Monday with the men's first round. Ten US men are in the draw: Daniel Nguyen, Alex Sarkissian, Stefan Kozlov, Bjorn Fratangelo(6), Ryan Harrison, Austin Krajicek(22), Tommy Paul, Tim Smyczek(14), Dennis Novikov(28) and Frances Tiafoe.  Fratangelo and Harrison will play each other, with Krajicek also in their section.  Paul and Novikov will both play wild cards and former Texas Longhorns, with Paul taking on Ed Corrie and Novikov facing Lloyd Glasspool.  Monday's scheduled is here.

At the ITF Grade 1 in Berlin, Amina Anshba of Russia ended the 16-match winning streak of French Open girls champion Rebeka Masarova of Switzerland, with the No. 2 seed taking a 7-6(3), 3-6, 6-4 victory over the top seed. The boys title went to No. 3 seed Daniel Altmaier of Germany, who defeated Constant de la Bassetiere of France 6-3, 7-6(4).

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