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Saturday, February 25, 2017

Emory and Chicago Meet Again for D-III Men's Indoor Title; Day and Andreescu Vie for Rancho Santa Fe $25K Title; US Juniors Sweep Titles at Grade 4 in Guatemala

The final is set for the ITA Division III Men's Team Indoor and it will be a rematch of the 2016 championship, with defending champion and top seed Emory taking on No. 3 seed Chicago.  Chicago had the easier route to the final, defeating No. 2 seed Washington-St. Louis 7-2, while Emory beat No. 4 seed Carnegie Mellon 5-4.  For the second straight day, Emory trailed 2-1 after doubles, but they again came through in singles, with Alec Josepher clinching at line 5, winning a three-setter to put the Eagles up 5-3.   The ITA recap of the semifinals is here. In last year's final, Emory won all three doubles points in a 7-2 win over Chicago, but they haven't shown that level of doubles dominance this year.  Unlike me, the Division III Tennis blog has the expertise to properly preview the final, so read their take on Sunday's 8 a.m. final here.

The final of the $25,000 Women's USTA Pro Circuit event in Rancho Santa Fe California will be a rematch of a semifinal of the 2016 girls US Open Junior Championships, with Kayla Day facing Bianca Andreescu. The 17-year-old Day defeated 18-year-old qualifier Katherine Sebov of Canada 6-3, 6-1, an impressive victory considering the run Sebov has been on since the first of the year.  The unseeded Andreescu, 16, also won in straight sets, beating No. 4 seed Sonya Kenin 6-3, 7-6(3). Although Day won their meeting in New York 5-7, 6-1, 6-2, Andreescu had won two of their previous three meetings prior to that, including the 2015 Orange Bowl final.

Day and Caroline Dolehide, who reached the girls doubles final at the US Open, won the doubles title today. The unseeded pair downed unseeded Anhelina Kalinina of Ukraine and Chiara Scholl 6-3, 1-6, 10-7.  It's Day's first pro doubles title, with Dolehide having won a title at the $10,000 previously.

The last American was eliminated from the $15,000 Indian Harbour Beach Futures, with Rhyne Williams falling to No. 8 seed Corentin Denolly 6-0, 6-4. The teenager from France will face No. 4 seed Andrea Collarini of Argentina, who beat former Tulane star and No. 7 seed Dominik Koepfer of Germany 7-5, 6-3.

Top seeds Ramkumar Ramanathan of India and Jaume Pla Malfeito of Spain won the doubles title, defeating unseeded Nick Chappell and Hunter Callahan 6-2, 6-7(5), 11-9.

At the $50,000 +H Challenger in Mexico, former Texas A&M stars Austin Krajicek and Jackson Withrow won the doubles title, beating former Georgia Tech stars Kevin King and Dean O'Brien of South Africa 6-7(4), 7-6(5), 11-9.  Krajicek and Withrow didn't face a break point in the match, while King and O'Brien saved all five they faced. It's the third title as a team for Withrow and Krajicek, all this year, and the second at the Challenger level.

Today's ATP event in Delray Beach featured a semifinal between two two-time Kalamazoo 18 champions, with No. 3 seed Jack Sock getting past Donald Young 6-4, 7-6(2).  It's Sock's second ATP final this year and he will go for his second title of the year against the winner of tonight's match between Juan Martin del Potro and Milos Raonic.

At the ITF Grade 4 in Guatemala, US juniors swept all four titles.  Top seed Andrew Fenty won the boys singles, defeating No. 5 seed Marcelo Sepulveda Garza of Mexico 7-6(1), 6-2 in the final.  It's the 16-year-old's third ITF singles title.

Unseeded 16-year-old Niluka Madurawe won her first ITF singles title, beating top seed Maria Rivera Corado of Guatemala 6-3, 2-6, 6-4 in the girls final.

No. 4 seeds Trey Hilderbrand and Eliot Spizzirri defeated unseeded Blaise Bicknell and Martin Damm 6-4, 6-1 in the all-US boys doubles final.

The girls doubles title went to No. 2 seeds Jordan Harris and Alyssa Mayo, who beat No. 3 seed Fanni Gecsek of Hungary and Oleksandra Gorchanyuk of Canada 6-2, 5-7, 10-6.