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Sunday, February 25, 2018

Emory Earns Third Straight D-III Indoor Title in Thriller; Tiafoe Wins ATP Delray Beach Open; Muhammad Claims $25K; Vanderbilt Women Top No. 1 North Carolina; Woodall, Andreach Champions at ITF Grade 4

Emory has a lot of experience and has had a lot of success at the ITA Division III Men's Team Indoor Championships, with the top-seeded Eagles playing No. 2 seed Claremont-Mudd-Scripps for their third consecutive Indoor title.  They have also had a lot of experience and success in close matches this weekend at Gustavus Adolphus College, with two 5-4 victories in the quarterfinals and semifinals, over the host team and the University of Chicago.  Emory needed all that experience and confidence today in their closest victory yet, coming from 4-1 down to beat CMS, with senior Andrew Harrington clinching the title with a 7-5, 4-6, 7-6(3) victory over Matthew Jacobs at line 5.

The ITA's recap of the championship is available here.

Sunday was a great day for former USTA National 18s champions, with both the singles and doubles titles at the ATP Delray Beach Open going to those who took national titles in Kalamazoo.  Wild card Frances Tiafoe, who won the 2015 18s title in Kalamazoo with an epic victory over Stefan Kozlov, claimed his first ATP title with a 6-1, 6-4 win over unseeded Peter Gojowczyk of Germany.  Tiafoe breezed through the first set, although the 20-year-old from Maryland would have been expected to suffer from more nerves than the 28-year-old, who won his first ATP event last fall. The second set was trickier, although Tiafoe never trailed, and he mostly served his way out of trouble when necessary.  For more on Tiafoe's win, which will send him up to 61 in the ATP rankings, see the ATP website.

Jack Sock and Jackson Withrow won the 2011 doubles title in Kalamazoo, but with Sock moving quickly into the top ranks of pro doubles players, he and Withrow, who completed his eligibility at Texas A&M, didn't have much opportunity to reunite.  This week, everything clicked for them, with the friends from their junior days in Nebraska beating the Bryans earlier in the week.  In the final, Sock and Withrow again went down a set, but Sock took over in the tiebreaker, to give them a 4-6, 6-4, 10-8 victory over JP Smith and Nick Monroe.  It is Withrow's first ATP doubles title. For more on their week in Delray Beach, see the ATP website.

In addition to Withrow, another former collegian won an ATP doubles title Sunday, with former LSU star Michael Venus of New Zealand and Raven Klaasen of South Africa taking the championship at the ATP event in Marseille France.  Venus and Klaasen defeated Marcus Daniell of New Zealand and former Virginia star Dominic Inglot of Great Britain 6-7(2), 6-3, 10-4 for their first victory as a team. Venus has eight titles in his career, including last year's French Open. For more, see the ATP website.

Asia Muhammad won her fifth ITF Women's Circuit singles title today at the $25,000 tournament in Rancho Santa Fe California.  The 26-year-old, who was unseeded, saved match points in her 6-4, 2-6, 7-6(3) win over No. 2 seed Kurumi Nara of Japan in the final.  Muhammad, who reached the final of a $25,000 tournament in Australia earlier in the month, won three three-setters for her first title since last February.

Fernanda Contreras and Coach Geoff Macdonald
The seventh-ranked Vanderbilt women, who were shocked by No. 24 Northwestern earlier this weekend, ended their road trip much better than they started it, beating No. 1 North Carolina 4-3 in Chapel Hill today.  The match came down to UNC's Makenna Jones and Vanderbilt's Fernanda Contreras at line 2, with Contreras coming from 5-2 down in the final set to post a 6-4, 5-7, 7-6(4) victory.  According to the recap from North Carolina, the match took four hours to decide.

Americans swept the singles titles at the ITF Grade 4 in Guatemala, with William Woodall, the No. 1 seed, beating Keshav Chopra 2-6, 6-1, 6-0 in the all-American boys final.  Fifteen-year-old Julia Andreach, playing in her first ITF tournament, won the girls singles title, beating top seed Rut Galindo of Guatemala 6-4, 6-1 in the final.

Chopra did get a title in the boys doubles, partnering with Shintaro Mochizuki of Japan. The No. 3 seeds defeated unseeded Jorge Jimenez of Colombia and Martin Maldonado of Ecuador 6-4, 6-4 in the final.  No. 2 seeds Imani Graham and Nikki Redelijk took the girls doubles title by walkover from Dyane Barcena Del Bosque of Mexico and Galindo.

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