Saturday, July 16, 2016

Black Sweeps Titles at Grade 4 in Dominican Republic; Qualifiers Di Lorenzo and Routliffe Meet in Winnipeg $25K Final

Hurricane Tyra Black won her second straight ITF Grade 4 singles title today in the Dominican Republic, and added a doubles title too.  The 15-year-old from Boca Raton Florida, seeded No. 1, defeated doubles partner and No. 2 seed Kariann Pierre-Louis 3-6, 6-4, 6-3 in the singles final.  Black, who won last week's Grade 4 singles title in the Bahamas, had not lost more than three games in a set in her previous four victories this week, dropping only 11 games in that span.

Black and Pierre-Louis then joined forces to take the doubles title, with the top seeds beating unseeded Kristina Stojkovic of Australia and Dalayna Hewitt 6-1, 6-1 in the final.  Black and Pierre-Louis lost only 10 games in their four doubles victories.

The boys title went to No. 3 seed Nick Hardt of the Dominican Republic. The 15-year-old defeated No. 2 seed Edson Ortiz Tovar of Mexico 3-6, 6-3, 6-2 in the final. Top seeds Oritz Tovar and Daniel Moreno, also of Mexico, won the boys doubles title 4-6, 6-1, 10-2 over No. 4 seeds George Davis of Great Britain and Tatsuki Shimamoto of Japan.

At the $50,000 Stockton Challenger, CiCi Bellis lost in the semifinals today to No. 3 seed Alison Van Uytvanck of Belgium 6-2, 4-6, 6-4. Van Utyvanck will play Anastasia Pivovarova of Russia, who beat Michelle Larcher de Brito of Portugal 6-4, 6-4 in the other semifinal.  Robin Anderson and Maegan Manasse fell in the doubles final to Van Uytvanck and Kristyna Pliskova of the Czech Republic 6-2, 6-3.

In the $25,000 tournament in Winnipeg, the success of the qualifiers continued, with rising Ohio State sophomore Francesca Di Lorenzo and rising Alabama senior Erin Routliffe reaching the final.  Di Lorenzo, who has yet to drop a set, took out Olivia Rogowska of Australia 6-4, 6-3 and Routliffe eliminated qualifier Ronit Yurovsky 6-3, 6-2.  Di Lorenzo and Yurovsky have advanced to the doubles final, where they'll play Canadian teenagers Marie-Alexandre Leduc and Charlotte Robillard-Millette.

At the $75,000 ATP Winnipeg Challenger, Daniel Nguyen and Mitchell Krueger won the doubles title, with the unseeded team defeating Jarryd Chaplin and Ben Mitchell of Australia, also unseeded, 6-2, 7-5 in the final.

There wasn't much success in today's qualifying for young Americans in Washington DC and Stanford.  At the Citi Open, Mackenzie McDonald, Ryan Shane and Ulises Blanch all fell in the first round of qualifying, although Ernesto Escobedo did advance to the final round of qualifying, where he'll meet Dennis Novikov.

In the WTA Citi Open qualifying, Raveena Kingsley lost to No. 8 seed Shuko Aoyama of Japan 6-3, 2-6, 6-0, but Americans Sanaz Marand and Lauren Albanese did advance to the final round of qualifying.

At the Bank of the West Classic, Stanford's rising sophomores Caroline Lampl and Melissa Lord lost in their first round qualifying matches, as did Maria Sanchez.  Sachia Vickery and Taylor Townsend did advance and will play each other for a spot in the main draw. Asia Muhammad is the other US woman into the final round of qualifying.  The main draw of the tournament was released last night, with Julia Boserup and Maria Mateas joining CiCi Bellis and Carol Zhao as wild cards.  In an all-Stanford alum first round match on Monday night, Zhao will play Nicole Gibbs. Bellis has drawn 2014 Wimbledon girls champion Jelena Ostapenko of Latvia, who is 37 in the most recent WTA rankings.