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Saturday, February 9, 2019

Chavatipon Wins Grade 1 in Paraguay; Milavsky and Chervinsky Claim Grade 4 Titles in Mexico; Snow Postpones Women's Team Indoor Quarterfinals; US, Australia Tied After Fed Cup Opening Singles Matches

Sixteen-year-old Charlotte Chavatipon won her first ITF Grade 1 title today at the Asuncion Bowl in Paraguay, and she did it in convincing fashion. The 12th-seeded Californian lost only 12 games in her five victories, half of those in her quarterfinal win over No. 2 seed Mylene Halemai of France. In yesterday's semifinals, she beat No. 7 seed Ana Luiza Cruz of Brazil 6-1, 6-0 and today defeated No. 9 seed Shavit Kimchi of Israel 6-3, 6-0.

Chavatipon's title is the fourth straight for American girls at the Grade 1s in Central and South America this year, with Abigail Forbes winning titles in Costa Rica and Ecuador and Savannah Broadus taking the title in Colombia.

The boys title in Paraguay went to unseeded Carlos Gimeno Valero of Spain, who beat No. 3 seed Lucian Tacchi of Argentina 6-1, 4-6, 6-1 in the final.

Kimchi and Alexandra Vagramov of Canada, seeded No. 3, won the girls doubles title, beating No. 5 seeds Romina Ccuno of Peru and Jimar Gerald Gonzalez of Chile 6-3, 6-1 in the final. Top seeds Shunsuke Mitsui and Keisuke Saitoh of Japan won the boys doubles title, beating No. 4 seeds Arthur Cazaux of France and Nini Dica of Romania 6-3, 6-3 in the final.

At the ITF Grade 4 in Mexico, Americans swept the singles titles, with top seed Elaine Chervinsky and No. 6 seed Daniel Milavsky winning their first titles on the ITF Junior Circuit.  The 15-year-old Chervinsky, who reached the final in this same tournament last year, losing to Broadus, defeated No. 6 seed Camila Soares of Peru 6-0, 6-3 in the final.  Milavsky, 17, defeated No. 4 seed Jackson Ross 3-6, 7-5, 6-3 in the final. 

Milavsky fell just short of sweeping the titles, dropping the doubles final. He and Maxime St. Hilaire of Canada, the No. 4 seeds, lost to No. 6 seeds Mario Duron Garza and Alan Kam of Mexico 6-1, 4-6, 11-9.

Minorka Miranda and Maya Rukosuev gave the US three titles, winning the girls doubles. The unseeded pair defeated No. 4 seeds Alejandra Cruz of Mexico and Sofia Cabezas Dominguez of Venezuela 6-4, 5-7, 10-4 in the final.

The quarterfinals of the ITA Women's National Team Indoor Championships were postponed due to a snowstorm in Seattle.  All eight seeds advanced with wins on Friday. For more on the matches from Friday's first round, see College Tennis Today.  Sunday's schedule has not been released as of now, but check the Slam Tennis website for updates.

The USA's Fed Cup team hosted Australia today in two singles matches in Asheville North Carolina, with each team posting a win.  Ashleigh Barty defeated Sonya Kenin 6-1, 7-6(2) to give Australia a 1-0 lead, but Madison Keys beat Kimberly Birrell 6-2, 6-2 to give the US its first point going into the two singles matches Sunday.  Danielle Collins has been ill, but she could play in the reverse singles Sunday.  For more on today's tie, see the Fed Cup website.

The finals are set at the ITF World Tennis Tour 15K in Claremont California, with qualifier Lucas Poullain of France taking on top seed Colin Sinclair of the Northern Mariana Islands. Poullain, a senior at Florida State, defeated unseeded Jordi Arconada(Texas A&M) 6-4, 6-0 in under an hour, while Sinclair(Cornell) got by unseeded Henry Craig(Denver) 6-4, 6-2.

The doubles title went to wild cards George Goldhoff(Texas) and Austin Rapp(UCLA), who beat Michael Zhu(Michigan) and Jumpei Yamasaki of Japan 4-6, 6-3, 10-7. It's the first pro title for both Goldhoff and Rapp.

The ATP 110 Challenger in Dallas will have an American champion, after four US men reached the semifinals.  No. 14 seed Mitchell Krueger, whose is from the area, advanced to the final when No. 6 seed Bjorn Fratangelo was unable to play in the afternoon semifinal due to a leg injury. Krueger will play the winner of tonight's match between top seed Mackenzie McDonald and No. 3 seed Reilly Opelka.