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Sunday, July 21, 2019

Price, Allen Win USTA Clay Courts 18s Championships; Rybakov Outlasts McNally to Earn Iowa City $25K Title; Isner Claims Another ATP Title in Newport

The USTA Clay Court Championships concluded today, with the Boys 18s and 16s titles both decided in third-set tiebreakers. Top 18s seed Leighton Allen defeated No. 2 seed Logan Zapp 6-4, 6-7, 7-6 to earn the gold ball and a wild card into the US Open Junior Championships, but in the 16s, it was No. 2 over No. 1, with Luke Casper taking out Samir Banerjee 3-6, 7-6, 7-6. (I really wish the tournament would provide tiebreak scores; it does tell you something about the match if  a tiebreak score is 7-0 or 12-10).

The girls 18s title and the WTA Volvo Open main draw wild card went to Gabby Price, with the 16-year-old defeating Karina Miller 6-0, 7-5 in the final. Price will also receive a US Open Junior Championships wild card.

Unseeded Nishesh Basavareddy, one of the top players in the 12s, returned to competition last month after more than a year's absence due to injury, and won the Midwest Closed in the 16s, after winning the qualifier there. After eight wins in Ft. Lauderdale, one more than any seeded player needed to win, he is now 21-0 since his return.

Below are the results from the singles and doubles finals for the 14s, 16s and 18s. The headers are links to the Tennis Link sites. The results from the 12s can be found in Saturday's post.

G14s:
Singles final:
Lara Smejka[15] d. Stephanie Yakoff[1] 6-2, 3-6, 6-4

Doubles final:
Alexis Blokhina and Natalia Perez[9] d. Madison Smith and Valeria Ray[9] 7-5, 6-0

G16s:
Singles final:
Aubrey Nisbet[13] d. Carrie Beckman[3] 6-0, 6-4

Doubles final:
Sonia Maheshwari and Lina Mohamed[4] d. Nadejda Maslova and Nastasya Semenovski[1] 6-3, 6-4

G18s
Singles final:
Gabby Price[17] d. Karina Miller[7] 6-0, 7-5

Doubles final:
Lauren Stein and Reilly Tran[13] d. Maxi Duncan and Jamilah Snells 6-1, 6-0

B14s:
Singles final:
Nishesh Basavareddy d. Dylan Tsoi[6] 6-1, 6-0

Doubles final:
Nicolas Godsick and Joseph Phillips[1] d. Nishesh Basavareddy and Learner Tien 6-1, 1-6, 6-4

B16s:
Singles final:
Luke Casper[2] d. Samir Banerjee[1] 3-6, 7-6(1), 7-6(6)

Doubles final:
Ben Shelton and Maxwell Smith[2] d. Gianluca Brunkow and Sebastian Gorzny 7-5, 5-7, 6-4

B18s:
Singles final:
Leighton Allen[1] d. Logan Zapp[2] 6-4, 6-7, 7-6

Doubles final:
Aryan Chaudhary and Logan Zapp[17] d. Luke Vandecasteele and Quinn Vandecasteele[8] 6-4, 6-2

While the elapsed times for the boys Clay Court marathons in Delray Beach are not available, there's no doubting how grueling the final of the men's USTA Pro Circuit tournament in $25,000 Iowa City was. No. 3 seed Alex Rybakov and No. 4 seed John McNally battled for 3 hours and 15 minutes before Rybakov claimed a 7-6(5), 5-7, 7-6(3) victory. It's the fourth Pro Circuit title for the 22-year-old left-hander, a recent TCU graduate, but the first at the $25,000 level. For McNally, a rising junior at Ohio State, advancing to his first Pro Circuit final made it a memorable week for him as well. For more on the final, see the tournament website.

In Cancun, North Carolina State rising senior Adriana Reami won her second straight $15K singles title at the Mexican resort. The 21-year-old Floridian is now 12-0 the past two weeks (she won two qualifying matches before going on to win the title two weeks ago) and has not lost a set. Today she defeated No. 3 seed Thaisa Pedretti of Brazil 7-6(2), 7-6(5) in the final. She also won the doubles title this week, with teammate Anna Rogers.

John Isner's first tournament back from his injury sustained in the Miami final was Wimbledon, where he lost in the second round. This week, as the top seed at the ATP 250 in Newport Rhode Island, the former University of Georgia star won his 15th ATP title, beating No. 7 seed Alexander Bublik of Kazakhstan 7-6(2), 6-3 in the final. He is also the only player to have won the Hall of Fame title four times. For more on Isner's win, see this article from the ATP website.

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