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Sunday, July 29, 2018

Bolton, Brodsky Claim USTA Pro Circuit Titles; Tauson, Forejtek are European Champions; Inoue Captures Grade 3 Title; Danilovic Wins WTA Moscow Event; Isner Makes it Five in Atlanta

UCLA rising freshman Elysia Bolton won her first Pro Circuit title today at the $15,000 USTA Women's event in Evansville Indiana. The 18-year-old from New York, seeded No. 3, defeated 15-year-old Connie Ma, the No. 6 seed, 6-3, 4-6, 6-3 in the final, which took just over two hours to complete.  Bolton was on her way to her fifth consecutive straight-sets victory, serving at 6-3, 3-0, but Ma won six of the next seven games to force a third set. Although she got her first serve in  only 43% of the time in the final set, Bolton didn't face a break point and she closed out the match with her second break of the set.

At the $60,000 tournament in Ashland Kentucky, Gail Brodsky won the battle of the qualifiers, beating Maegan Manasse 4-6, 6-2, 6-1 to claim the biggest title of her career. The 27-year-old Brodsky, who only returned recently to full-time play after the birth of her second child in 2016, now takes the lead in the USTA's US Open Wild Card Challenge, with two weeks remaining.

The ITF Grade B1 European Championships concluded today in Klosters Switzerland, with top seed Clara Tauson of Denmark claiming the girls singles title and No. 11 seed Jonas Forejtek of the Czech Republic winning the boys singles title.  Tauson, 15, defeated unseeded 16-year-old Maja Chwalinska of Poland 6-3, 6-3 for her second Grade 1 title of the year.  The 17-year-old Forejtek saved a match point in beating top seed Adrian Andreev of Bulgaria 6-7(1), 7-6(6), 6-3 and capturing his first Grade 1 title.

The boys doubles title went to No. 4 seeds Filip Jianu and Stefan Palosi of Romania, who beat No. 11 seeds Erik Grevelius and Gustaf Strom of Sweden 7-6(4), 7-6(5) in the final. Romania was unable to sweep the doubles titles, with Italy's Elisabetta Cocciaretto and Federica Rossi, seeded No. 4,  beating No. 3 seeds Selma Cadar and Andreea Prisacariu of Romania 4-6, 7-5, 10-7 in the girls final.

The European Championships for the 14s division were also completed today, with Linda Noskova of the Czech Republic and Sean Cuenin of France taking the titles. Noskova, the No. 6 seed and a finalist at this year's Les Petits As, defeated top seed Diana Shnaider of Russia 6-0, 6-3 in the girls final, and the unseeded Cuenin beat No. 4 seed Mili Poljicak of Croatia 6-2, 6-3 in the boys final. Complete results are available at the Tennis Europe website.

Aside from the European Championships, there was only one ITF Junior Circuit tournament above the 4 and 5 levels, the Grade 3 in Colombia. Americans picked up two of the four titles, with Hina Inoue, the No. 8 seed winning the girls singles, and Eliot Spizzirri and Spencer Whitaker claiming the boys doubles championship.  The 15-year-old Inoue, who won all six of her matches in straight sets, defeated No. 2 seed Natsumi Kawaguchi of Japan 6-2, 6-1 in the final.  Spizzirri and Whitaker, the No. 3 seeds, defeated unseeded Jesus Fernandez and Amador Salazar of Chile 6-3, 6-2 in the final.  No. 15 seed Murphy Cassone lost to unseeded Gustavo Heide of Brazil 7-5, 6-4 in the boys singles final.

Olga Danilovic won the battle of the 17-year-olds at the WTA International tournament in Moscow. The Serbian defeated wild card Anastasia Potapova of Russia 7-5, 6-7(1), 6-4 to become the first lucky loser to win a WTA title since 1980. For more on Danilovic's win, see this article from the WTA website.

At the BB&T Atlanta Open, top seed John Isner claimed his fifth title at the 250 event, defeating Ryan Harrison in the final for the second year in a row, this time by a 5-7, 6-3, 6-4 score. Isner joins Jimmy Connors, John McEnroe, Pete Sampras and Andre Agassi as the only American men to win the same tournament five times or more. For more on Isner's victory, see this article from the ATP website.