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Sunday, February 26, 2017

Emory Defends D-III Men's Team Indoor Title; Andreescu Tops Day in Rancho Santa Fe Final; Sock Wins Delray Beach Title via Walkover

2017 ITA Division III Men's Team Indoor Champions Emory

Top seed and defending champion Emory claimed its seventh ITA Division III Men's Team Indoor title this morning in Cleveland, defeating No. 3 seed Chicago 5-1.

The Eagles had not looked good in doubles in the quarterfinals or semifinals, dropping two of the three doubles points to both Trinity and Carnegie Mellon. But, as they had done the 2016 final between the two teams, Emory swept the doubles, getting the third point by winning a tiebreaker at line 1 and Chicago was in a nearly hopeless position heading into singles.  Emory got wins at line 1, from Aman Manji and line 3 from Adrien Bouchet to take a 5-0 lead and clinch the match. After Nicholas Chua collected Chicago's only point with a win at line 2, the remaining matches were abandoned.

Emory has now won seven championships in the 17-year history of the event. The ITA recap, which includes a highlight video, can be found here.

In other notable college tennis results today, the second-ranked Ohio State men defeated No. 10 Florida 4-1 in Gainesville, with the Gators point coming in the doubles competition.  The last two NCAA women's champions, Vanderbilt and reigning champion Stanford, met in Palo Alto today, with Stanford winning 4-3, with Emily Arbuthnott winning a third-set tiebreaker at line 5 over fellow freshman Emma Kurtz.

Rain was a problem at the $25,000 USTA Women's Pro Circuit event in Rancho Santa Fe California, but it didn't prove disruptive to 16-year-old Bianca Andreescu of Canada, who defeated top seed Kayla Day 6-4, 6-1.  The championship match's start was delayed and there were several interruptions of play, but Andreescu took full advantage of Day's poor serving to avenge her US Open Junior Championships semifinal loss. It's Andreescu's second title, both coming at the $25,000 level.

At the $15,000 Futures in Indian Harbour Beach Florida, No. 4 seed Andrea Collarini took the title, beating No. 8 seed Corentin Dennolly of France 7-5, 7-6(6).  Collarini, who reached the final in last week's Futures in Orlando, had needed three sets to take out Dennolly in the first round there.

At the ATP 250 in Delray Beach, Jack Sock won his third career ATP title and second this year when top seed Milos Raonic of Canada gave him a walkover in the final. Raonic is said to have a hamstring injury. Sock should move to a career-high ranking of 18 with the title.  The doubles title went to No. 2 seeds Rajeev Ram(Illinois) and Raven Klaasen of South Africa, who beat No. 3 seeds Treat Huey(Virginia) and Max Mirnyi 7-5, 7-5 in the final.

Qualifying is still going on at the ATP and WTA combined events in Acapulco, but Jennifer Brady, Jamie Loeb and Stefan Kozlov have all earned their places in the main draw.

At the Grade B1 in South America, Thiago Seyboth Wild of Brazil[6] defeated Axel Geller of Argentina[7] 6-4, 7-6(3) to take the boys singles title.  The girls singles final saw Emiliana Arango[2] of Colombia defeat Maria Osorio Serrano[3], also of Colombia, 6-2, 7-6(6).

At the Grade 1 in Russia this week, No. 5 seed Jurij Rodionov of Austria beat No. 6 seed Nikolay Vylegzhanin of Russia 7-6(2), 6-3 in the boys final. Anastasia Kharitonova of Russia, the No. 7 seed, beat No. 5 seed Karolina Berankova of the Czech Republic 6-3, 4-2 retired for the girls singles championship.