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Sunday, March 3, 2019

Expected Rain Postpones Completion of USTA Spring Team Quarterfinals; Emory Women Three-peat at D-III Indoors; Krug Claims G4 Title in El Salvador; UCLA's Nanda and De Villiers Capture Pacific Coast Doubles Title

©Colette Lewis 2019--
Mobile AL--

Rain halted play Sunday at the Mobile Tennis Center
The Mobile area meteorologists were unfortunately correct in their predictions for Sunday, which kept the quarterfinals of the USTA National Spring Team Championships from being completed, or in the case of the girls, from being started.

The boys began at 9 a.m., but experienced a delay shortly after doubles began. The expected storm was still a few hours away, allowing matches to get well into singles play before it arrived, but none of the eight matches, four main draw and four consolation draw, were finished when rain ended play for the day shortly after noon. The Patriots did manage to earn their fourth point from the Cowboys, taking the doubles point and getting wins from 18s No. 1 Anders Gibbons, 16s No. 1 Ben Shelton and 14s No. 2 Jaxson Lamb, so they have advanced to the semifinals, but two other matches are still in progress.

The teams who claimed the doubles point are the Patriots, Falcons, Seahawks and Vikings.

The girls did not take the court for their quarterfinal matches, which are now scheduled for Monday at 10:00 a.m. The teams reaching the quarterfinals with wins Saturday night are Leopards, Redhawks, Tornados, Diamondbacks, Bengals, Pirates, Devils and Firecrackers.

The boys will complete their quarterfinal matches beginning at 8 a.m. Monday, and are scheduled to play their semifinal round (or third round) at 2 p.m. Monday. A complicating factor in the next few days is the cold coming behind these storms, with high temperatures to be in the low to mid 50s, and night and early morning temperatures as low as 32. The normal high this time of year in Mobile is 68, with the normal low 47.

Results are posted throughout the day at the TennisLink site and any matches completed from today are posted.

The Emory women have claimed their third consecutive ITA Division III National Team Indoor title, with the second-seeded Eagles beating top seed Claremont-Mudd-Scripps 5-3 today in Nashville. With the victory, Emory avenged its loss to CMS in the NCAA final last year. Rhiannon Potkey has the recap of today's final at the Tennis Recruiting Network.

Jennifer Brady lost 3-6, 7-5, 6-3 in the final of the Oracle Challenger Series WTA 125 in Indian Wells, after holding a match point against No. 14 seed Viktorija Golubic of Switzerland serving for the match at 5-4 in the second set. The former UCLA star has already been granted a wild card into the main draw at next week's BNP Paribas Open, so Lauren Davis received the final Oracle Challenger Series wild card based on results in previous tournaments in the series.  Top seed Kyle Edmund of Great Britain won the men's ATP 125 Challenger in Indian Wells, defeating No. 7 seed Andrey Rublev of Russia 6-3, 6-2 in the final.

Thirteen-year-old Ava Krug won her second ITF Junior Circuit title this weekend at the Grade 4 in El Salvador. Krug, the No. 8 seed, defeated 16-year-old Maria Rizzolo, the No. 7 seed, 5-7, 7-6(4), 6-1 in the all-American final. Krug had previously won a Grade 5 last fall in Anguilla.
The boys champion is Ecuador's Juan Sebastian Zabala Vargas, the No. 9 seed, who also won last week's Grade 4 in Guatemala. He also won the doubles title, with Venezuela's Lorenzo Claverie, when Alex and John Bernard gave them a walkover in the final.

At the 130th Pacific Coast Doubles Championships in La Jolla California, UCLA freshman Govind Nanda and UCLA assistant coach Rikus De Villiers took the title, beating USC's Brandon Holt and Riley Smith 7-6, 4-6, 10-4 in the final. Both teams were seeded No. 1.  For more on the final, see this recap from tournament press aide Fred Sidhu.