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Saturday, October 22, 2022

Teens Brantmeier and Hovde to Meet for Fort Worth $25K Title; Quevedo and Kuzuhara Advance to $15K Finals; Delgado and Hutchinson Claim Atlanta J4 Titles; Pegula and Korda Reach WTA and ATP Finals

The highly anticipated Easter Bowl clash this spring between Liv Hovde and Reese Brantmeier didn't happen, with Hovde pulling out of singles at Indian Wells after winning the J1 in San Diego the week before. Brantmeier went on to reach the singles final, losing to Alexis Blokhina(Stanford) in the first of the two junior tournaments she's played all year. Hovde won the Easter Bowl doubles title, and then of course, went on to claim the Wimbledon girls championship three months later.

Tomorrow Hovde, who turns 17 on Tuesday, and Brantmeier, who turned 18 earlier this month, will play for the singles title at the $25,000 USTA Pro Circuit tournament in Fort Worth Texas, with Hovde looking for her second title on the Pro Circuit and Brantmeier, a freshman at North Carolina, her first. Brantmeier reached the final of a $25K in May, while Hovde's best results at that level was a semifinal earlier this month in Redding California, after her title at the Lubbock $15K in September.

In today's semifinals, wild card Hovde defeated USC freshman Madison Sieg 6-1, 7-6(4) and the unseeded Brantmeier downed No. 8 seed Ashley Lahey(Pepperdine) 6-2, 3-6, 6-1.

The doubles title in Fort Worth went to the unseeded team of Katarina Kozarov(Furman) of Serbia and Maria Kozyreva(St. Mary's) of Russia, who defeated top seeds Allura and Maribella Zamarripa(Texas) 6-4, 6-7(12), 10-7 in the final. 

Nineteen-year-old Martin Damm has reached his third $25K final of the year after a 6-3, 0-6, 6-4 semifinal victory over No. 3 seed Strong Kirchheimer(Northwestern) today at the $25,000 USTA Pro Circuit tournament in Harlingen Texas. Damm, the No. 5 seed, lost in the final at a $25K in the Czech Republic in May, and won the title at a $25K in the Dominican Republic in June.

He will face former ATP Top 20 player Bernard Tomic of Australia, after the No. 7 seed defeated No. 8 seed Andres Martin(Georgia Tech) 7-6(2), 6-3.

In doubles in Harlingen, Texas A&M teammates Trey Hilderbrand and Noah Schachter had to play two matches today, but they won both. After taking the semifinal over unseeded Kareem Al Allaf(Iowa) of Syria and Zeke Clark(Illinois) 7-6(4), 1-6, 10-5, the No. 2 seeds came back later in the day to defeat unseeded Adrian Oetzbach(Oklahoma/Pepperdine) of Germany and Sebastian Dominko(Notre Dame) of Slovenia 7-5, 7-5. It's their third title as a team, with the previous two coming this summer at $15Ks in Mexico. Hilderbrand has now won five doubles titles on the Pro Circuit, all since May.

The top two seeds will meet for the title at the women's $60,000 USTA Pro Circuit tournament in Macon Georgia, with No. 1 Madison Brengle facing No. 2 Panna Udvardy of Hungary. Brengle took out No. 4 seed Katie Volynets 6-2, 6-3 and Udvardy beat unseeded Thaisa Peretti of Brazil 7-5, 7-6(3) in today's semifinals.

As in the $25Ks in Texas, collegians took the doubles title today in Macon, with top seeds Christina Rosca(Vanderbilt) and Anna Rogers(NC State) defeating No. 3 seeds Brengle and Maria Mateas(Duke) 6-4, 6-4 in the final. 

American teenagers aren't just having success in Pro Circuit events in the the United States, with both Bruno Kuzuhara and Kaitlin Quevedo advancing to finals Sunday at $15,000 tournaments.

The 18-year-old Kuzuhara, who won the Australian Open boys singles and doubles titles this year, reached his first final on the ITF men's World Tennis Tour in Turkey. Seeded seventh, Kuzuhara defeated No. 6 seed Savva Polukhin of Russia 6-2, 6-1 in today's semifinal and will face unseeded Luca Tomasetto of Italy in the final.

The 16-year-old Quevedo, who has won two $15Ks in Mexico this fall, is through to the final in Colombia after defeating No. 6 seed Romina Ccuno of Peru 5-7, 6-2, 7-5. Quevedo, the No. 8 seed, will face former University of Miami standout Sofia Sewing, the No. 4 seed, after Sewing took out No. 2 seed Valeriya Strakhova of Ukraine 6-3, 7-5 in the semifinals today.

The ITF J4 in Atlanta concluded today with No. 12 seed Cleo Hutchinson and No. 4 seed Andrew Delgado claiming the singles titles. Hutchinson defeated fellow 15-year-old Kayla Chung 6-4, 6-4 and Delgado beat No. 8 seed Tygen Goldammer 6-2, 6-1. It's the third ITF Junior Circuit title for Hutchinson and the first for the 17-year-old Delgado.

Goldammer did get the better of Delgado in Friday's doubles final, with top seeds Goldammer and Kase Schinnerer defeating Delgado and his partner Andrew Ena, the No. 3 seeds, 6-3, 6-4. It's the first ITF Junior Circuit title for both the 17-year-old Goldammer and the 16-year-old Schinnerer. 

The girls doubles title went to the unseeded team of Chung and Kayla Schefke, who beat the unseeded team of Kenna Erickson and Ava Rodriguez 6-0, 6-4 in the final. It's the second ITF Junior Circuit doubles title for both Schefke and Chung, who won the J5 in McKinney Texas last month.

Jessica Pegula has advanced to the final of the WTA 1000 in Guadalajara Mexico, defeating Victoria Azarenka of Belarus 7-6(3), 6-1. She will play the winner of tonight's semifinal between Marie Bouzkova of the Czech Republic and Maria Sakkari of Greece. 

Sebastian Korda is through to his second consecutive ATP 250 final after defeating Dominic Thiem of Austria 6-7(4) 6-3, 7-6(4) in today's semifinal in Belgium. He will face No. 2 seed Felix Auger-Aliassime of Canada, who beat Richard Gasquet of France 7-6(2), 7-6(3). Korda and Auger-Aliassime have split their two meetings on the ATP tour; Auger-Aliassime won their only meeting on the ITF Junior Circuit.

Mackenzie McDonald lost in the ATP 250 semifinals in Naples today to No. 2 seed Matteo Berrettini of Italy 3-6, 7-6(2), 6-3.