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Saturday, March 7, 2020

DeFalco, McKennon Win Costa Rica Grade 3 Titles; BNP Paribas Open Wild Cards Announced; Montgomery Reaches Las Vegas $25K Final; USA Advances to Davis Cup Finals

NOTE: Due to an error on the ITF website, I initially reported that Wagle had won in the final rather than DeFalco.
Jenna DeFalco and Max McKennon won ITF Grade 3 titles in Costa Rica today, giving US juniors a sweep of the event. DeFalco, the No. 2 seed, defeated Elise Wagle 7-5, 6-4, giving the 17-year-old her seventh ITF Junior Circuit title and second this year. McKennon, the top seed, now has back-to-back titles at the Grade 3 level; after winning in El Salvador last week, the 17-year-old Arizona State recruit cruised into the final, but had a tough battle with No. 3 seed Samir Banerjee before earning a 7-5, 4-6, 7-6(4) decision in the championship match.

In the doubles, No. 3 seeds Ozan Colak and Aidan Kim defeated unseeded Edward Winter of Australia and American Billy Suarez 6-4, 6-3 in the final. It's the pair's second title in the past three weeks. In the girls doubles, unseeded Gracie Epps and Caroline Wernli claimed the title, beating No. 3 seeds Hannah Chambers of Barbados and Sara Valentina Cruz Bonilla of El Salvador 6-4, 6-1 in the final.

At the Grade 1 in Thailand, Zane Khan, who had come through qualifying, lost in the final to No. 7 seed 15-year-old Coleman Wong of Hong Kong 3-6, 6-3, 6-4.

The BNP Paribas Open begins Monday with women's qualifying, and the tournament announced its wild cards today, both for the main draw and the qualifying.
BNP Paribas Open main draw wild cards:

Kristie Ahn
Usue Arconada*
Madison Brengle*
Kim Clijsters(BEL)
Leylah Fernandez(CAN)
Christina McHale
Caty McNally
Shelby Rogers

Marcos Giron*
Mitchell Krueger*
Brandon Nakashima
Tennys Sandgren
Jack Sock

*earned WC via Road to Indian Wells, which awards two wild cards to American men and two wild cards to American women who accumulate the most points during the Oracle Challenger Series.

BNP Paribas Open qualifying wild cards:
Thai Kwiatkowski
Michael Mmoh
JJ Wolf
Govind Nanda**
Carlos Alcaraz(ESP)

Nicole Gibbs
Whitney Osuigwe
Caroline Dolehide
Hailey Baptiste
Ashley Kratzer**
Diane Parry(FRA)

**Nanda and Kratzer won their wild cards in a pre-qualifying event.

At the ATP Challenger 125 at Indian Wells, Steve Johnson and Jack Sock have advanced to the final. Johnson, the No. 5 seed, defeated Mitchell Krueger 6-4, 6-4 and Sock came back to beat Brandon Nakashima 6-7(5), 6-3, 6-4.

Denis Kudla and Thai Kwiatkowski won the doubles title, beating Krueger and Sebastian Korda 6-3, 2-6, 10-6.

Asia Muhammad and Taylor Townsend won the WTA 125 doubles title in Indian Wells, with the No. 4 seeds beating unseeded Caty McNally and Jessica Pegula 6-4, 6-4 in today's final. Misaki Doi of Japan and  Irina-Camelia Begu of Romania will play for the singles title Sunday.

Fifteen-year-old Robin Montgomery, who is No. 5 in the ITF Junior rankings but doesn't have a WTA ranking, is through to the final of the $25,000 women's Pro Circuit event in Las Vegas, after beating Katherine Sebov of Canada 7-5, 3-6, 6-1 in two-and-a-half hours this evening. Montgomery will face No. 3 seed Xiaodi You of China, who advanced to the final when Diane Parry of France retired trailing 6-2, 4-5. You won last week's $25,000 tournament in Rancho Santa Fe. Oracle provided coverage of Montgomery's run to the semifinals in this article from earlier today.

Lorraine Guillermo(Pepperdine) and Maegan Manasse(Cal) won the doubles title, beating Jovana Jovic of Serbia and Conny Perrin of Switzerland 0-6, 6-2, 10-4 in the final. It's the third Pro Circuit doubles title for Guillermo and the fourth for Manasse.

The singles final at the $25,000 men's Pro Circuit event in Las Vegas will feature No. 6 seed Petros Chrysochos of Cyprus against unseeded Justin Butsch, a 2017 graduate of LSU. Chrysochos, who graduated from Wake Forest last year, defeated No. 8 seed Alex Rybakov 5-7, 6-4, 6-2, while Butsch outlasted No. 5 seed Nick Chappell(TCU) 7-6(3), 6-7(3), 7-6(3) in three hours and 39 minutes.

The US won both singles matches last night in their Davis Cup tie with Uzbekistan, and the Bryan brothers closed out the win today in Hawaii, in their final match in the competition. The US is one of 12 teams to advance to the Davis Cup finals in November with wins this weekend. The full list of the 18 teams in the competition can be found here. For more on the USA team's win, see this article.