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Saturday, March 17, 2018

McNally Claims Second Straight Pro Circuit Doubles Title in Tampa, Pegula and Stewart in All-US Final in Singles; Dale Wins ITF Grade 4 in Panama

Caty McNally is only 16 years old, but she has already won four ITF Pro Circuit doubles titles including two in the last two weeks, with two different partners.

McNally, who has reached the Wimbledon girls doubles final the past two years, won the $15,000 USTA Women's Pro Circuit doubles title in Tampa Florida today.  With University of Virginia recruit Natasha Subhash, a regular partner of McNally's during her junior career, McNally defeated No. 4 seeds Rasheeda McAdoo and Katerina Stewart 3-6, 6-3, 10-6 in the final.

The first set was the only set the unseeded pair lost in the tournament, and last week in Orlando, with Whitney Osuigwe, another regular junior partner, McNally took the doubles title without the loss of a set.  Prior to this month, McNally has won two other $15,000 tournament titles, with Emily Appleton of Great Britain.

McNally reached the quarterfinals of the singles in Tampa, falling to No. 3 seed Jessica Pegula, who will play in the final on Sunday.  Pegula defeated former Syracuse standout Amanda Rodgers, the No. 6 seed, 5-7, 7-5, 6-3 in today's semifinals and will face No. 2 seed Katarina Stewart, who beat unseeded Ilona Kremen of Belarus 6-1, 6-0.

The singles final of the $25,000 men's Futures in Bakersfield California will feature No. 1 seed Mathias Bourgue of France and No. 3 seed Jan Choinski of Germany.  Wake Forest sophomore Borna Gojo reached the semifinals, but fell in a second match today to Choinski.  Rain kept the quarterfinal round from being completed on Friday.

Denis Kudla[5] has advanced to the final of the $75,000 ATP Drummondville Challenger, where he'll face unseeded Benjamin Bonzi of France.

Steve Johnson[3] was the last American standing at the $150,000 ATP 
Challenger in Irving Texas, but he lost today to Mikhail Kukushkin of Kazakhstan.  The unseeded Kukushkin will face alternate Mateo Berrettini of Italy in the final.

Andrew Dale, who played for the USTA National Spring Team Champions the Titans last week in Mobile, went to Panama for an ITF Grade 4 tournament this week and came away with his fourth ITF singles title.  The 16-year-old left-hander, seeded No. 2, defeated top seed Vikash Singh of India 6-4, 6-0 in the final. Dale's previous three ITF junior titles were in Grade 5 tournaments.

Camille Townsend, the No. 2 seed, lost to No. 3 seed Jada Bui of Canada in the girls final, 6-2, 6-0.  Top seeds Bui and Townsend lost in the doubles final to No. 3 seeds Jackeline Lopez and El Salvador's Sara Cruz Bonilla 6-2, 2-6, 10-7.

At the ITF Grade 1 in Malaysia, Skyler Grishuk reached the singles quarterfinals, and at the ITF Grade 2 in Spain, Zane Khan advanced to the singles semifinals.