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Saturday, January 5, 2019

Eddie Herr 16s and 18s Videos; Giron Reaches Orlando Challenger Final; Holt Advances to ITF M25 Championship Match; Anderson Wins Sixth ATP Title

I've started to work through all the videos I took of the finals of the three junior events in Florida last month, and below you can find videos of the champions of the 16s and ITF events at the Eddie Herr.  The videos of the finalists can be found by clicking on their names to go to the tenniskalamazoo YouTube Channel.

Madison Sieg
Jacobi Bain
Elli Mandlik
Emilio Nava

Marcos Giron had a difficult year in 2018, going 13-18 in matches in Futures, Challenger and ATP main draws, with the highlight his only ATP Tour win to date in Acapulco this summer. The 2014 NCAA singles champion is getting off to a great start in 2019, however, reaching his first ATP Challenger final at the ATP 80 event in Orlando Florida this week. The unseeded 25-year-old former UCLA Bruin defeated his fourth seed today, with all four wins in straight sets, beating No. 12 seed Gastao Elias of Portugal 6-3, 7-5. Giron will face top seed Darian King of Barbados in Sunday morning's final, after King defeated wild card Michael Redlicki 6-4, 6-2. Free live streaming is available, with Ken Thomas doing commentary, at the ATP Challenger page.

At the ITF M25 in Los Angeles, wild card Brandon Holt has reached the final, beating Jenson Brooksby 6-7(3), 6-1, 6-4. The USC junior, who won his first Pro event in singles last fall at a $15K in Claremont, will face former USC star Emilio Gomez of Ecuador in the final. Gomez, the No. 2 seed, advanced when No. 5 seed Patrick Kypson retired trailing 4-5 in the first set.

UCLA senior Maxime Cressy of France, who won eight Futures doubles titles last year, picked up where he left off, winning the Los Angeles doubles title, with Alexander Cozbinov(UNLV) of Moldova. Cressy and Cozbinov, the No. 3 seeds, beat No. 2 seeds Gomez and Luis Patino of Mexico 6-4, 6-2 in the final for their second title as partners. They did not drop a set all week.

Former University of Illinois star Kevin Anderson won his sixth ATP title today, beating Ivo Karlovic of Croatia 7-6(4), 6-7(2), 7-6(5) in the final of the ATP 250 in India. Down 5-2 in the final tiebreaker, the 32-year-old South African won the last five points of the match for the title. For more on the championship match, see this article from the ATP website.

Alison Riske reached the final of the WTA International in Shenzhen China, falling to top seed Aryna Sabalenka of Belarus 4-6, 7-6(2), 6-3. Riske, unseeded, will return to the WTA Top 50 with her run to the final. For more on the final, see this article from the WTA website.