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Saturday, June 22, 2019

US Boys Win Inaugural Hutchins Trophy; Subhash Beats Top Seed Min to Reach Orlando $15K Final; Kenin Advances to WTA Mallorca Final

Will Grant, Eliot Spizzirri, Martin Damm, Sylvain Guichard, Jay Devashetty (not pictured: Toby Kodat)
The US boys won the inaugural Paul Hutchins Trophy today at London’s Queens Club, beating Great Britain’s team of 18-and-under boys 6 matches to 5 in the two-day competition held in conjunction with the ATP 500 Fever-Tree Championships.

The US team led 4-2 after Friday's first day of play, so two more wins today would secure the trophy, established to honor former British Davis Cup captain Paul Hutchins, who died earlier this year. Toby Kodat was ill and could not play for the US, giving Great Britain a point, but Eliot Spizzirri and Martin Damm came through with victories in singles, meaning the US had clinched before the final doubles match, which Great Britain won.

Today's results:

James Story(GBR) d. Will Grant(USA) 7-5, 6-3
Eliot Spizzirri(USA) d. Oscar Weightman(GBR) 6-3, 7-5
Martin Damm(USA) d. Arthur Fery(GBR) 7-5, 4-6, 7-6(5)
Blu Baker(GBR) d. Toby Kodat(USA) w/o

Baker/Story d. Grant Spizzirri 6-4, 7-6(7)

Since May, 17-year-old Natasha Subhash has been on a tear on the ITF's World Tennis Tour here in the United States. After picking up her first singles title at the $15,000 tournament in Williamsburg last month, the University of Virginia rising freshman she has reached the final of the $25K in Bethany Beach, the semifinals of the $25K in Sumter and now another final, this time at the $15K in Orlando. Today Subhash, seeded No. 4, took out top seed Grace Min 6-4, 0-6, 6-3 in two hours and 44 minutes to set up her first meeting with 31-year-old Tori Kinard, the No. 2 seed. Kinard defeated 17-year-old qualifier Karina Miller, a University of Michigan recruit, 6-3, 5-7, 6-4 in today's other semifinal.

Sixteen-year-olds Allura and Maribella Zamarripa won their second consecutive doubles title, with the second-seeded twins defeating fellow teens Kimmi Hance and Ashlyn Krueger 6-3, 6-1 in the final. The Zamarripas, who won last week's title at Wesley Chapel, now have three career titles on the ITF Pro Circuit and did not come close to dropping a set this week at the USTA National Campus event.

Tyler Zink, a rising freshman at the University of Georgia, won his first pro title today at the men's $15,000 ITF World Tennis Tour tournament in Orlando, partnering with Georgia rising sophomore Trent Bryde and Tyler Zink defeat No. 2 seeds Diego Hidalgo(Florida) of Ecuador and Ricardo Rodriguez of Venezuela 7-6(1), 6-4 in the final. Bryde, who had one previous title in doubles on the ITF Pro Circuit, and Zink did not lose a set all week.

No. 6 seed Hidalgo will play doubles partner Rodriguez, the No. 2 seed, for the singles title Sunday.

At the $25,000 men's WTT tournament in Tulsa, Unversity of Florida rising sophomore Sam Riffice won his ninth consecutive match, beating wild card Zeke Clark, a rising senior at the University of Illinois 6-3, 6-3 in the semifinals. Riffice, who won last week's $25,000 tournament in Wichita, will meet top seed Maxime Cressy in the final. Cressy defeated fellow UCLA alum Martin Redlicki, the No. 4 seed, 7-5, 6-3. Cressy and Riffice met in the first round of the Tulsa Futures last year, with Riffice advancing when Cressy retired down 5-2 in the first set.

Cressy got the better of Redlicki a second time Saturday in the doubles final. Cressy, who won last month's NCAA doubles title with Keegan Smith, played this week with Bernardo Saraiva(San Francisco) of Portugal and the top-seeded pair defeated 2018 NCAA champions Redlicki and Evan Zhu 6-2, 3-6, 10-8 in the final. It's Cressy's 12th pro doubles title, and his second with Saraiva.

Top seed Usue Arconada will play for her second title of the month Sunday at the $25,000 ITF World Tennis Tour tournament in Denver after defeating wild card Sophie Whittle, a recent Gonzaga graduate, 7-5, 6-1. Arconada's opponent will be wild card Alexa Glatch, who defeated Gergana Topalova of Bulgaria 6-2, 6-3 in the other semifinal. Glatch, who has been out for nearly two years with injuries, last won a title in 2015. Arconada won their only previous match in the third round of April's $25K in Osprey by a score of 6-3, 6-3.

Former Oklahoma State assistant coach Hayley Carter(North Carolina) and Vladica Babic of Montenegro, who was on the Oklahoma State team when Carter coached there won the Denver doubles title, their first as a team. The No. 2 seeds defeated unseeded Brynn Boren(USC) and Gail Brodsky 6-2, 6-3 in the final. It's Carter's eighth pro doubles title, while Babic now has six.

Sonya Kenin has reached the final of the WTA International tournament in Mallorca and has assured herself of being seeded at Wimbledon, the first time the 20-year-old Floridian will have reached that milestone at a major. Kenin, who won her first WTA title early this year in Hobart and reached the final in Acapulco in late February, defeated No. 2 seed Anastasija Sevastova of Latvia 6-4, 4-6, 6-2 in today's semifinal. Kenin will play No. 3 seed Belinda Bencic of Switzerland, who beat top seed Angelique Kerber of Germany 2-6, 7-6(2), 6-4. For more on Kenin's win today, see this article from the WTA website.