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Saturday, October 5, 2019

DeFalco, Kiefer Claim ITF Grade 3 Titles in Cancun; Anthrop, Mireles Win Grade 4 in Texas; Hewitt Advances to Norman $15K Final; Min and Dolehide to Meet in Charleston $60K

Sixteen-year-old Jenna DeFalco and 17-year Alex Kiefer won the biggest titles of their ITF Junior Circuit careers today in at the new Grade 3 event in Cancun.  DeFalco, the top seed, avenged her first round loss to Madison Sieg at this past August's Grade 1 in College Park Maryland, beating the No. 2 seed 6-2, 2-6, 6-4. It's DeFalco's fourth ITF singles title, with the other three at the Grade 4 and 5 levels.

The second-seeded Kiefer claimed his third ITF singles title when No. 7 seed Nicolas Cortes Campos of Colombia retired after losing the first set 6-1. Kiefer's previous two ITF singles titles were at the Grade 5 level.

No. 7 seeds Sam Scherer and Azuma Visaya won the boys doubles title,  beating the unseeed Mexican team of Emiliano Aguilera Guerrero and Armando Sotelo 6-1, 4-6, 10-6 in the final. The girls doubles final is scheduled for Sunday morning, with No. 3 seeds Sieg and India's Nikita Vishwase playing No. 2 seeds Sofia Elena Cabezas Dominguez of Venezuela and Julia Garcia of Mexico.

At the Grade 4 in Corpus Christi Texas, top seed Jack Anthrop collected his second straight title, beating unseeded Aidan Kim 3-6, 6-4, 6-4 to add to last week's championship at the Grade 5 in Austin. The 15-year-old from Florida now has three singles titles on the ITF Junior Circuit. No. 5 seed Jeanette Mireles also has won three singles titles, all of hers coming this year. The 16-year-old, who didn't drop a set all week, defeated No. 9 seed Hana Gamracy of Canada 6-0, 6-1 in today's final.

Unseeded Ozan Colak and Hugo Hashimoto won the boys doubles title, beating top seeds Anthrop and Braden Shick 6-0, 6-3 in the final.  As with the boys, the girls singles champion lost in the doubles final, with No. 3 seeds Nevena Carton and Elisabeth Jones beating No. 6 seeds Mireles and Alexis Blokhina 7-5, 6-2 in the championship match.

Eighteen-year-old Dalayna Hewitt defeated top seed Amy Zhu(Michigan) 6-3, 6-2 in the semifinals today at the $15,000 USTA women's Pro Circuit event in Norman Oklahoma to reach her second career Pro Circuit singles final, both of which have come in the past 30 days. Hewitt will face University of Texas senior Anna Turati of Italy, the No. 2 seed, who defeated Savannah Broadus 6-2, 7-5.  Turati has won three $15,000 singles titles this summer, and she added her second $15,000 doubles title today, with Fernanda Labrana of Chile, who also plays for the University of Texas. The No. 4 seeds defeated No. 2 seeds Zhu and Kelly Williford (Virginia Tech) of the Dominican Republic 6-1, 7-5 in the final.

Two Americans will meet for the title at the $60,000 women's Pro Circuit event in Charleston South Carolina, with No. 2 seed Caroline Dolehide facing unseeded Grace Min.  Dolehide advanced when US Open girls champion Maria Camilia Osorio Serrano of Colombia, the No. 3 seed, retired trailing 6-1, 4-3.  Min defeated unseeded Ellie Halbauer 6-1, 1-6, 7-5 in the other semifinal.

Ingrid Neel and Kazakhstan's Anna Danilina, who were doubles partners at the University of Florida in Neel's only semester there in 2017, claimed the Charleston doubles title. The top seeds defeated No. 4 seeds Vladica Babic(Oklahoma State) of Montenegro and Caitlin Whoriskey(Tennessee) 6-1, 6-1 in the final. It's Neel's tenth Pro Circuit doubles title, but her first with Danilina, who has 11 Pro Circuit doubles titles.

Collegians swept the doubles on the USTA Pro Circuit this week, with Sekou Bangoura(Florida) and Great Britain's Lloyd Glasspool(Texas) taking the title at the $25,000 tournament in Norman. The No. 4 seeds beat No. 3 seeds Hunter and Yates Johnson(SMU) 7-6(9), 6-2 in today's final.

Sunday's singles final will feature No. 5 seed Hugo Gaston of France and unseeded Michael Geerts(Arizona State) of Belgium. Gaston defeated No. 6 seed Kevin King(Georgia Tech) 6-3, 6-3 and Geerts beat No. 2 seed Sebastian Fanselow(Pepperdine) of Germany by the same score in the other semifinal.

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