Sunday, October 20, 2019

Top Seeds Parry, Mayot Claim Osaka Grade A Titles; Liu, Contreras and Geerts Win USTA Pro Circuit Championships; Shibahara Earns Another WTA Doubles Title

The ITF Grade A in Osaka Japan ended with the top seeds, both from France, claiming the titles.  Seventeen-year-old Diane Parry, who didn't lose more than four games in any set throughout the week, defeated 14-year-old Alexandra Eala of the Philippines, the No. 4 seed, 6-2, 6-4 in the girls singles final.  Harold Mayot, also 17, defeated No. 10 seed Jeffrey Von der Schulenburg of Switzerland 6-1, 6-2 for the boys title. It's the first Grade A title for Mayot and the second for Parry, who won the Grade A in Mexico last November. Both now head to the ITF Junior Finals in Chengdu China, which begin on Wednesday.

The Swiss team of Jerome Kym and Dominic Stricker, seeded No. 7, won the boys doubles title, beating No. 2 seeds Hanwen Li and Bu Yunchaokete of China 6-3, 4-6, 10-4 in the final.  No. 4 seeds Maria Bondarenko of Russia and Mai Nirundorn of Thailand won the girls doubles title, beating No. 5 seeds Zhuoxuan Bai of China and Ya Yi Yang of Taiwan 7-5, 6-3 in the final.

Nineteen-year-old Claire Liu won her first Pro Circuit title since 2017, when she was still playing junior events, today, with the No. 7 seed beating 18-year-old wild card Peyton Stearns 6-1, 6-2 in the final of the $25,000 USTA Pro Circuit event in Florence South Carolina. Liu has seen her ranking fall from 137 this year to its current 386, but this title has to be a boost in confidence for her, as she didn't drop a set all week.

In Waco, qualifier Fernanda Contreras of Mexico won her first $25,000-level tournament, with the 22-year-old recent Vanderbilt graduate beating No. 2 seed Leylah Fernandez of Canada 6-3, 2-6, 6-1 in today's final. Contreras, who grew up in Austin Texas, has played only nine ITF tournaments this year (and only 11 total), and has now won two of them.

Former Arizona State Sun Devil Michael Geerts won his second consecutive $25,000 title, taking the Waco men's singles championship after winning the Claremont tournament last week. The 24-year-old from Belgium, seeded No. 6, defeated unseeded Alex Rybakov(TCU), 7-5, 3-6, 7-6(4) in just under three hours.

Unseeded Vasek Pospisil of Canada took the title at the ATP Challenger 80 in Las Vegas, beating No. 5 seed James Duckworth of Australia 7-5, 6-7(11), 6-3 in this afternoon's final. The unseeded team of Ruan Roelofse of South Africa and Ruben Gonzales of the Philippines, both former University of Illinois standouts, won the doubles title, beating unseeded Max Schnur(Columbia) and Nathan Pasha(Georgia) 2-6, 6-3, 10-8 in the final.

Former UCLA Bruin Ena Shibahara, who grew up in Southern California, but now plays for Japan, won her second consecutive WTA doubles title this week in Moscow. After Shibahara and Shuko Aoyama of Japan won the International title the previous week in China, they moved on to the Premier event in Moscow and again had an impressive run to the title, beating No. 2 seeds Gabriela Dabrowski of Canada and Katerina Siniakova of the Czech Republic in the semifinals 6-1, 7-5. In today's final, the unseeded pair defeated No. 3 seeds Kirsten Flipkens of Belgium and Bethanie Mattek-Sands 6-2, 6-1. With the title, the 21-year-old Shibahara will move to a career high ranking of 31, and now has the highest doubles ranking of any former collegiate woman.


fan said...

and Ena played #3 Doubles for UCLA! Really a unique case, compared to other junior elite doubles players who played college.