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Sunday, October 9, 2022

Quinn and Crawley Win ITA All-American Titles; Svajda Beats Shelton to Claim Tiburon Challenger; Montgomery Qualifies for WTA San Diego 500; Fritz Beats Tiafoe in Tokyo Final; Pro Circuit Roundup

The two favorites going into the men's and women's ITA All-American Championships (seedings notwithstanding) emerged with the titles Sunday at the first Division I major of the 2022-23 season.

Eighteen-year-old Ethan Quinn, a redshirt freshman at the University of Georgia, continued his undefeated start to his college career, taking out teammate Philip Henning 6-2, 6-2 in this morning's final in Tulsa Oklahoma. Quinn broke Henning in the fifth-year senior's first service game in both sets and cruised to the title in 70 minutes.

Quinn is the first freshman to take the All-American title since Virginia's Mitchell Frank in 2011. Frank also won the Intercollegiate Indoor title (now the National Fall Championships) that year. All singles semifinalists receive automatic entry in the ITA National Fall Championships next month in San Diego, so Max Basing of Stanford and Eliot Spizzirri of Texas have also earned their spots in the main draw of the second major of the season.

For more on the all-Bulldog final today, and the historical context of Quinn's title, see this article from georgiadogs.com.

In the men's doubles final, Connor Thomson and Toby Samuel collected the first All-American title for the South Carolina men, defeating Ryan Seggerman and Brian Cernoch of North Carolina 6-3, 7-6(5).

Ryan Fishback and Jordan Chrysostom of Virginia Tech won the consolation doubles title, beating Baylor's Finn Bass and Juan Pablo Grassi Mazzuchi 7-6(5), 3-6, 10-7.

Stanford freshman Nishesh Basavareddy took the singles consolation title in the tournament for those losing in the first round, beating JJ Tracy of Ohio State 6-3, 6-3.

The women's All-American Championships, being played in Cary North Carolina of the first time this year, drew a good crowd to today's final, and they went home happy, with North Carolina's Fiona Crawley defeating Kylie Collins of LSU 6-3, 6-2.  Crawley, a junior, is undefeated this fall, having won the top flight at North Carolina State's Fall Ranked Spotlight tournament last month.

Crawley, Collins, and UNC's Anika Yarlagadda and Carson Tanguilig earned spots in the National Fall Championships as semifinalists this week. Both the men's and women's doubles finalists are also given automatic entry into the Fall Nationals.

Crawley joins 2013 champion Jamie Loeb as the only Tar Heels to claim the All-American women's singles title. For more on Crawley's title run, see this article from goheels.com.

Jessica Alsola of Cal took the consolation singles title, beating Solymar Colling of San Diego 6-2, 6-3.

North Carolina State's Nell Miller and Amelia Rajecki claimed the program's first All-American title, defeating Kari Miller and Jaedan Brown of Michigan 6-1, 6-2 in the women's doubles final. 

Auburn's Carolyn Ansari and Ariana Arseneault took the consolation doubles title, beating Sydni Ratliff and Irina Cantos Siemers of Ohio State 6-0, 7-6(5).

A year ago, Ben Shelton was claiming the men's ITA All-American title in Tulsa, but he wasn't as fortunate in the final of the ATP Challenger 80 in Tiburon California this year, with the 2022 NCAA champion losing to Zachary Svajda 2-6, 6-2, 6-4. 

It was a first Challenger title for the unseeded 19-year-old from San Diego, who had trailed No. 3 seed Michael Mmoh 5-1 in the third set in the second round before rallying for a 6-3, 5-7, 7-6(4) win

In today's final, Shelton got off to the better start, but once Svajda found his range in the middle of the second set, Shelton, the No. 4 seed, was responding, not dictating. The long baseline rallies that made up the bulk of the points favored Svajda, who made few errors when it mattered down the stretch. And Svajda may have had a psychological edge as well, having beaten Shelton in the Kalamazoo 18s final 6-1, 6-4, 6-1 just under 14 months ago. Shelton, who turned 20 today, has now lost all three Challenger finals he has played, all since July.

Unseeded Leandro Reidi of Switzerland and Valentin Vacherot(Texas A&M) of Monaco won the doubles title in Tiburon, defeating unseeded Zeke Clark(Illinois) and Alfredo Perez(Florida) 6-7(2), 6-3, 10-2 in the final.

A day after getting her first WTA Top 100 victory, 2021 US Open girls champion Robin Montgomery got her second, beating WTA No. 43 Bernarda Pera 1-6, 6-1, 6-4 to advance to the main draw of the WTA 500 in San Diego. Montgomery will face fellow 18-year-old Coco Gauff, the No. 6 seed, in the first round. Ashlyn Krueger lost to Louisa Chirico in the final round of qualifying today 6-3, 6-1. Caroline Dolehide beat Jil Teichmann of Switzerland 6-4, 6-2 today to join Montgomery and Chirico in the main draw.

In other pro results today, Taylor Fritz defeated Frances Tiafoe 7-6(3), 7-6(2) in the final of the ATP Tokyo 500 and will break into the ATP Top 10 for the first time. For more on the fifth all-American ATP final this year, see this article from the ATP website.

Mackenzie McDonald picked up his first ATP doubles title in Tokyo, partnering with veteran doubles star Marcelo Melo of Brazil. McDonald, who won the 2016 NCAA doubles title, and Melo, who has 36 ATP titles,defeated Brazil's Rafael Matos and Spain's David Bega Hernandez, the No. 3 seeds, 6-4, 3-6, 10-4 in the final. For more on their first-time partnership, see this article from the ATP website.

Caty McNally and Alycia Parks won the doubles title at the WTA 500 in the Czech Republic this week, with the unseeded Americans defeating No. 3 seeds Alicja Rosolska of Poland and Erin Routliffe(Alabama) of New Zealand 6-3, 6-2 in the final. It's the sixth WTA doubles title for McNally, the first for Parks.

I didn't have time to follow the USTA Pro Circuit events this week due to my onsite coverage of the ITF JB1 Pan American Closed, so I'll just note the results from the finals of the three events.

At the $15,000 men's tournament in Ithaca New York, two qualifiers met for the title, with recent Florida graduate Joshua Goodger of Great Britain defeating former Western Michigan Bronco Jannik Opitz of Germany 6-4, 6-4 in the singles final. 

Top seeds John McNally(Ohio State) and Benjamin Sigouin(North Carolina) won the doubles title, defeating No. 3 seeds Opitz and Nico Mostardi(Cleveland State) 6-4, 7-6(5) in the final.

At the $25,000 women's tournament in Redding California, No. 2 seed Kayla Day defeated No. 7 seed Jamie Loeb(North Carolina) 6-3, 6-4 in the singles final. 

Rasheeda McAdoo(Georgia Tech) and Ganna Poznikhirenko of Ukraine won the doubles title, beating Alexa Glatch and Aldila Sutjiadi of Indonesia 7-6(3), 7-5 in the final.

And finally, at the $80,000 women's tournament in Rancho Santa Fe California, Marcela Zacarias of Mexico defeated Katrina Scott 6-1, 6-2 in the singles final. 

In the doubles final, unseeded Elvina Kalieva and Poland's Katarzyna Kawa defeated top seeds Zacarias and Giuliana Olmos(USC) 6-1, 3-6, 10-2.


Absent said...

Did most of the Top Men's players compete in Tulsa this past week?

The Women's side didn't have top players from Stanford, Pepperdine, Georgia, NC State which hindered the quality of the draw.