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Sunday, October 8, 2017

Grade B1 Pan American Closed Coverage Begins Monday; Vanderbilt's Contreras Claims Women's All-American Title; Redlicki and Blumberg in Men's All-American Final; Norrie Wins Second Straight Challenger

The draws are out for the ITF Grade B1 Pan American Closed, which I'll be covering from the campus of the University of Tulsa beginning on Monday.

The top girls seed is French Open champion Whitney Osuigwe, but the original No. 2 seed, 2016 finalist Ellie Douglas, appears to have withdrawn, with another unseeded player now in her place at the bottom of the draw, and a lucky loser space now open.

Andrew Fenty is the top seed in the boys draw, with Trey Hilderbrand seeded No. 2.

The ITA Women's All-American championships wrapped up today in Pacific Palisades California, with qualifier Fernanda Contreras of Vanderbilt taking the title with a 6-3, 6-3 win over Aliona Bolsova of Florida Atlantic.  Contreras, a junior from Texas,  celebrated her 20th birthday today with her eighth straight win. She is Vanderbilt's first Riviera All-American singles champion. For more on the match, see the Vanderbilt website, which features an interview with Contreras. She talks about winning her quarterfinal match against Jessica Livianu of St. John's 7-6 in the third, coming from 4-1 down in the set and 6-4 down in that tiebreaker.

Unseeded Kaitlyn McCarthy and Ellyse Hamlin of Duke took the doubles title, beating No. 7 seeds Sarah Dvorak and Sabrina Federici of Texas Tech 4-6, 6-3, 10-5.  For comments on the championship run from McCarthy, Hamlin and head coach Jamie Ashworth, see the Duke website.

The singles and doubles finals of the ITA Men's All-American Championships in Tulsa are Monday, with North Carolina sophomore William Blumberg taking part in both championship matches.  No. 4 seed Blumberg, the 2017 NCAA singles finalist, defeated top seed Mikael Torpegaard of Ohio State 7-6(3), 6-7(3), 6-3, winning the final three points of the match after falling behind 15-40 when serving for it.  Blumberg will face UCLA senior Martin Redlicki, who beat fellow 9-16 seed Thomas Laurent of Oregon 6-4, 6-3 to become the first Bruin to reach the All-American final since Vince Allegre in 1997.

Blumberg and partner Robert Kelly, the No. 3 seeds, will play No. 4 seeds Alfredo Perez and Johannes Ingildsen of Florida after the singles final.  Blumberg and Kelly defeated Will Little and Johannes Schretter of Baylor 6-4, 6-2, while Perez and Ingildsen beat teammates McClain Kessler and Duarte Vale 7-6(3), 7-6(6).  Streaming and live scoring is available through the Tulsa website.

No. 8 seed Cameron Norrie of Great Britain won the $100,000 ATP Challenger in Stockton today, with the former TCU star beating No. 6 seed Darian King 6-1, 6-3 in the final.  It's Norrie's second Challenger title in as many weeks, and he will move up to 112 in the ATP rankings in under five months as a professional. 

Brydan Klein and Joe Salisbury of Great Britain won the doubles titles, with the No. 4 seeds beating Denis Kudla and Latvia's Mikelis Libietis 6-2, 6-4 in the final.

At the $100,000+Hospitality Challenger in Monterrey Mexico, Bradley Klahn lost to No. 4 seed Maximilian Marterer of Germany 7-6(3), 7-6(6). Neither player faced a break point in the match.

Unseeded Christopher Eubanks and Evan King won the doubles title, beating No. 3 seeds Marcelo Arevalo of El Salvador and Miguel Reyes-Varela of Mexico 7-6(4), 6-3 in the final after getting two walkovers to move into the semis without hitting a ball.

At the $15,000 USTA Women's Pro Circuit event in Hilton Head South Carolina, top seed Ulrikke Eikeri of Norway defeated Texas sophomore Bianca Turati of Itlay, the No. 6 seed, 6-4, 6-1 in the final.