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Saturday, August 17, 2019

Dolehide Wins Concord $60K; Cid Downs Blanch in Memphis Final; Kittay and Wood Claim ITF Grade 4 Titles in Mexico; Keys Tops Kenin in Cincinnati

Caroline Dolehide won the singles title at the $60,000 USTA Pro Circuit event in Concord Massachusetts, beating Ann Li 6-3, 7-5 in this afternoon's final. It's the second $60K title of Dolehide's career, and it moves her back near the WTA Top 200. The 20-year-old from Chicago was as high as 102 last summer.

The wild card team of Angela Kulikov and Rianna Valdes, teammates for the past three years at USC, won their first title in just their second tournament as a team, beating unseeded Ellie Halbauer and Ingrid Neel(Florida) today 7-6(3), 4-6, 17-15 in just under two hours.

At the $25,000 men's tournament in Memphis, former University of South Florida All-American Roberto Cid of the Dominican Republic took the singles title, with the top seed saving two match points to defeat No. 5 seed Ulises Blanch 3-6, 6-3, 7-6(8).

Two American juniors, both seeded No. 2, claimed the singles titles at the ITF Grade 4 in Monterrey Mexico, with Benjamin Kittay and Sasha Wood prevailing in straight sets.  Kittay, who won the Kalamazoo 16s doubles title last Saturday with Hugo Hashimoto and is scheduled to compete in this coming week's ITF Grade 1 in College Park, defeated No. 6 seed Mario Duron Garza of Mexico 6-2, 6-4 for his first Grade 4 singles title. Kittay was a finalist last year in Monterrey.

Wood defeated No. 3 seed Sofia Caezas Dominguez of Venezuela 6-2, 6-1 in the final for her fourth singles title and second at the Grade 4 level.

Madison Keys ended the run of Sonya Kenin this afternoon in Cincinnati, with the No. 16 seed winning 7-5, 6-4. Keys will play Svetlana Kuznetsova of Russia, a wild card, for the title Sunday.

Sunday is the final day of qualifying for the new WTA International tournament next week in the Bronx, and Elli Mandlik has won two matches in the past two days to advance to the final round. Mandlik, 18, defeated Jennifer Elie 6-4, 6-4 yesterday and beat YingYing Duan of China 6-3, 0-6, 6-2 today. She will face No. 2 seed Fiona Ferro of France for a place in the main draw, and it will be Mandlik's first match against a WTA Top 100 opponent, with Ferro ranked 71.

The final round of qualifying is set for Sunday morning at the ITF Grade 1 in College Park Maryland.  Sada Nahimana of Burundi, who is entered and would be the No. 1 girls seed, is currently playing in a $15K in Nairobi, where she has reached the final.  All first round matches in College Park are scheduled to be played on Monday, so it seems unlikely that she will be able to get here in time.

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