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Sunday, March 11, 2018

Anisimova Beats Kvitova in Indian Wells; Koepfer Claims Futures Title in Canada; Chang Wins Orlando $15K; Cataldi Takes Another ITF Grade 5 Title

Wild card Amanda Anisimova earned her first WTA Top 10 victory today in the third round of the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, beating two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova, the No. 9 seed, 6-2. 6-4.  The Czech left-hander didn't play well, with her serve the primary reason, but she had won two Premier events this year and with a 14-match winning streak, she was certainly confident coming in.  Anisimova demonstrated that, like Kvitova, she can beat anyone when she is playing well, and the 16-year-old Floridian will now face a third consecutive seed and a second straight Top 10 opponent when she plays No. 5 Karolina Pliskova of the Czech Republic Tuesday.  According to the WTA, Anisimova is the first 16-year-old to reach the fourth round of the tournament since 2005.

Caroline Dolehide, who beat No. 30 seed Dominika Cibulkova of Slovakia on Friday, came close to a huge upset against top seed and world No. 1 Simona Halep of Romania tonight, but Halep recovered for a 1-6, 7-6(3), 6-2 victory.  Sloane Stephens and Sam Querrey posted victories today, with the No. 13-seeded Stephens defeating Victoria Azarenka of Belarus 6-1, 7-5 and the No. 18-seeded Querrey downing Mischa Zverev of Germany 6-4, 7-5.

At the $25,000 Futures in Canada, former Tulane star Dominik Koepfer of Germany won his fourth career Futures title, beating qualifier Michael Redlicki 6-7(3), 7-5, 6-2. 

At the $15,000 Futures in Japan, former USC star Daniel Nguyen won his first title of the year and the 12th of career, with the No. 3 seed beating No. 5 seed Wishaya Trongcharoenchaikul of Thailand 5-7, 7-6(4), 6-4.

Sophie Chang won the first singles title of her career, with the 20 year-old claiming the winner's trophy at the $15,000 USTA Pro Circuit event in Orlando.  The third-seeded Chang defeated Vanderbilt senior Astra Sharma of Australia, the No. 6 seed, 6-3, 7-6(6).

Fourteen-year-old Californian Taylor Cataldi won the first ITF Junior Circuit tournament she played back in January and this week won her second tournament in as many attempts, taking the Grade 5 in Zimbabwe.  Cataldi, the No. 2 seed, beat top seed MJ Changwereza of Great Britain 7-5, 6-2 in the final. She also won the doubles title, with Mieke Van Deventer of South Africa.

At the ITF Grade B1 for South American players, top seed Maria Osorio Serrano of Colombia and No. 13 seed Gilbert Soares Klier Junior of Brazil swept the titles, with Osorio Serrano beating No. 2 seed Maria Carle of Argentina in the singles final, while partnering with Carle for the doubles championship.  Soares Klier Junior, who beat top seed Sebastian Baez of Argentina in the singles final, partnered with Natan Rodrigues of Brazil for the boys doubles title.  Osorio Serrano has now won five Grade 1 titles this year and is 29-1 in ITF Junior Circuit matches.