Saturday, July 22, 2017

Roddick Inducted into International Tennis Hall of Fame; Isner into Newport Final; USTA Clay Court Finals; Koepfer Wins Champaign Futures; Kenin and Kratzer Reach Stockton Final

Andy Roddick was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame today in Newport Rhode Island, along with Kim Clijsters, Monique Kalkman, Steve Flink and, posthumously, Vic Braden.  Roddick, who will be in Kalamazoo for the tournament's  75th Anniversary Opening Ceremony and Exhibition on August 5th, is the last US man to win a slam title (US Open 2003).  The speeches of the inductees can be found here.

Shortly after the Hall of Fame induction ceremony, the semifinals of the Dell Technologies ATP tournament were played, with qualifier Matthew Ebden and top seed John Isner advancing to Sunday's final.  Australia's Ebden defeated Peter Gojowczyk of Germany 6-3, 6-3 to advance to his first ATP final, while Isner, a two-time Newport champion, defeated Bjorn Fratangelo 6-2, 6-4.

The 12s champions have been crowned at the USTA Clay Court Championships, with the finals set for Sunday in the other age divisions. Below are the results/matchups:

Tsehay Driscoll and Ava Krug (photo courtesy Robin Driscoll)

Girls 12s in Boca Raton:
Singles: Tsehay Driscoll[3] def. Clervie Ngounoue[4]
7-6(4), 6-2

Doubles: Tsehay Driscoll and Ava Krug[4] def. Natalie Block and Lara Smejkal 4-6, 6-4, 6-0.

Girls 14s in Plantation:
Singles: Valencia Xu[5] vs. Elise Wagle[26]

Girls 16s in Virginia Beach:
Fiona Crawley[1] vs. Ruth Marsh[2]

Girls 18s in Memphis:
Katie Volynets[13] vs. Abigail Forbes[2]

Boys 12s in Orlando:
Singles: Juncheng Shang def. Aidan Kim[4] 6-3, 7-5

Lucas Brown and Cooper Williams[1] def. Andrew Delgado and James Rico[12] 6-3, 6-0

Saud Alhogbani[11] vs. Jonah Braswell[52]

Garrett Johns[14] vs. Jacob Bullard[8]

Ryan Goetz vs. Axel Nefve[17]

The $25,000 Champaign Futures finished today, with former Tulane star Dominik Koepfer of Germany claiming his third career Futures title since graduating last year.  Koepfer, seeded No. 3, defeated No. 2 seed Jose Statham of New Zealand 6-7(5), 6-2, 7-5 in the two hour and 32 minute final. 

Riley Smith and Brandon Holt won the doubles titles, beating Tomas Stillman and Shane Vinsant 3-6, 6-1, 12-10.  It's the third Futures title for Smith and Holt, who will be sophomores at USC this fall.

The finals of the $60,000 USTA Women's Pro Circuit event in Stockton will feature two 18-year-old Americans, with No. 4 seed Sonya Kenin facing wild card Ashley Kratzer.  Kenin defeated Croatia's Ajla Tomljanovic 7-6(3), 7-5 to reach her third final at the $60,000 level, while Kratzer, who beat No. 2 seed Jamie Loeb 6-2, 6-4 will be playing in her first Pro Circuit final above the $15,000 level.

Kenin and Usue Arconada won the doubles title today, with the unseeded 18-year-olds beating No. 3 seeds Tammi Patterson of Australia and Chanel Simmonds of South Africa 4-6, 6-1, 10-5.

At the $25,000 ITF Women's Pro Circuit event in Gatineau, Australia's Ellen Perez, who recently turned pro after her junior season at Georgia, has reached the final.  Perez, a qualifier, will play No. 6 seed Aleksandra Wozniak of Canada in Sunday's championship match.