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Saturday, September 30, 2017

Heck and Broadus Claim Austin ITF Grade 5 Titles; Beck and Navarro Win Pro Circuit Doubles Title; Sandgren and Norrie Advance to Tiburon Challenger Final

Fifteen-year-olds Hunter Heck and Savannah Broadus won their first ITF Junior Circuit titles today at the Grade 5 in Austin Texas, and for the unseeded Broadus she managed that in the first ITF Junior tournament she's ever played. Broadus, a Texan who got into the main draw by virtue of her national ranking, beat the only two seeds she faced prior to the semifinals, then took out unseeded 13-year-old Elaine Chervinsky in the semifinals 7-5, 4-6, 6-1 and in the final, unseeded Carmen Corley in another three-setter 6-2, 2-6, 6-0.

The 12th-seeded Heck, from Minnesota, claimed his title with a 6-4, 6-2 win over No. 8 seed Yeudy Villar of the Dominican Republic, after beating No. 2 seed Stefan Leustian 6-2, 6-3 in the semifinals.

The boys doubles title went to No. 6 seeds Leighton Allen and Marcus McDaniel, who beat brothers Alexander and John Bernard, the No. 3 seeds, 6-4, 6-3 in the final.  The No. 6 seeds also won the girls doubles title in Austin, with Madison Kim and Elizabeth Stevens beating unseeded Robin Montgomery and Katrina Scott 6-3, 6-1.

Emma Navarro and Chloe Beck (courtesy photo)
The doubles title at the $15,000 USTA Women's Pro Circuit event in Charleston South Carolina belongs to 16-year-old locals Emma Navarro and Chloe Beck, who defeated University of Central Florida freshmen Ksenia Kuznetsova of Russia and Maria Martinez of Spain 6-1, 6-4 in today's final.  The unseeded Navarro and Beck, who won the USTA 16s Clay Courts title last year, beat two seeded teams, including No. 1, en route to the championship.  For more on their win, see this article from James Beck for The Post and Courier.  

The singles final will feature Washington State freshman Michaela Bayerlova of the Czech Republic, the No. 5 seed, against top seed Montserrat Gonzalez of Paraguay.

At the $15,000 USTA men's Futures in Fountain Valley California, Ryan Shane(Virginia) will go for his second straight title against Ronnie Schneider(North Carolina), who reached his first pro final with a 6-3, 6-4 win over Igor Marcondes of Brazil.  No. 5 seed  Shane got his third win in four tries against Henry Craig(Denver), posting a 6-3, 2-6, 6-4 win after beating Craig in straight sets in last week's final.

For quotes on their victories from both Shane and Schneider, see this article for tournament press aide Joel Beers.

The singles final at $100,000 ATP Challenger in Tiburon will feature No. 2 seed Tennys Sandgren(Tennessee) against Great Britain's Cameron Norrie(TCU), the No. 8 seed. Sandgren defeated Mackenzie McDonald(UCLA) 7-6(4), 7-6(3), while Norrie beat unseeded Prajnesh Gunneswaran of India 6-3, 6-2.

Usue Arconada had defeated top seed and defending champion Danielle Collins(Virginia) in the quarterfinals, but she fell in today's semifinal at the $25,000 tournament in Stillwater Oklahoma. Fifth seed Arconada lost to Aleksandra Wozniack of Canada, the No. 8 seed, 1-6,  6-2, 7-5.  Wozniack will face No. 2 seed Maria Bouzkova of the Czech Republic in the final. 

Top seeds Caitlin Whoriskey(Tennessee) and Serbia's Jovana Jaksic won the doubles title, beating Great Britain's Harriet Dart and Belgium's An-Sophie Mestach, the No. 2 seeds, 4-6, 6-4, 10-3 in the final. 

No. 8 seed Jamie Loeb(North Carolina) advanced to the final of the $60,000 tournament in Templeton California, beating No. 5 seed Taylor Townsend 6-4, 6-7(7), 7-6(6) in a three-hour and one-minute marathon.  She will face No. 4 seed Sachia Vickery, who defeated top seed Victorija Golubic of Switzerland 4-6, 7-6(3), 6-3.