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Saturday, March 18, 2017

Volynets, Zhu Win ITF Grade 4 Titles at Newport Beach; Day Receives Volvo Car Open Wild Card; Ram Wins First Masters Doubles Title

Fifteen-year-old Katie Volynets and 16-year-old Kevin Zhu won the singles championships at the ITF Grade 4 in Newport Beach California today.

The fourth-seeded Volynets defeated No. 12 seed Lauren Stein 6-0, 6-0 to capture her second ITF title, both coming in Grade 4s.

The unseeded Zhu claimed his first ITF title in just three tournaments played, with his best previous showing a semifinal appearance at a Grade 5 last year in his home state of Texas.

The Volvo Car Open, formerly the Family Circle Cup, announced that Kayla Day has been given a main draw wild card into the WTA Premier event in Charleston, which begins April 1.  A complete list of the competitors can be found here.

Rajeev Ram, who won the 2003 NCAA doubles title while at Illinois, celebrated his 33rd birthday with his first Masters doubles title today at the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells.  Ram and his partner Raven Klaasen, seeded sixth, defeated No. 8 seeds Lukasz Kubot and Marcelo Melo 6-7(1), 6-4, 10-8 in the final.  For more on the final, see the ATP website.

Roger Federer defeated Jack Sock 6-1, 7-6(4) in the semifinals and will play Stan Wawrinka in Sunday's final.

Keegan Smith's run at the $25,000 Bakersfield Futures came to an end in the semifinals, where he lost to top seed Kimmer Coppejans of Belgium 6-0, 6-2. Smith will play in the doubles final on Sunday, with partner Patrick Kawka. The wild cards will face Dominik Koepfer of Germany and Jared Hiltzik for the title.