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Saturday, June 22, 2024

Spizzirri Advances to Second Straight $25K Final; Tien Aims for Third Straight $15K Title; Pareja and Hance Reach Rancho Santa Fe Final; Hu Seeks Second Title Sunday; Wimbledon Wild Card Update

ITA Player of the Year Eliot Spizzirri has advanced to another final at the $25,000 level on the USTA Pro Circuit, his second in as many weeks. The unseeded 22-year-old from Connecticut, who ended his decorated collegiate career at Texas last month, advanced by defeating Alex Kotzen(Columbia, Tennessee) 6-2, 7-5, his fourth straight-sets victory of the week at the $25K in Tulsa Oklahoma. Spizzirri, who lost last week's final in Wichita to teammate Micah Braswell, a result he avenged in Friday's quarterfinals, will play No. 2 seed Bernard Tomic of Australia. Tomic defeated rising Columbia junior Nick Kotzen 6-4, 6-2 in today's other semifinal. 

In the Tulsa doubles final today, two unseeded teams met for the title, with Aidan Kim(Florida, Ohio State) and Cannon Kingsley(Ohio State) defeating Canadian Cleeve Harper(Texas) and Govind Nanda(UCLA) 6-3, 5-7, 10-7.  It's the first Pro Circuit title for the 19-year-old Kim and the third for Kingsley.

Top seed Learner Tien(USC) picked up his 14th straight victory on the SoCal Pro Circuit in today's Rancho Santa Fe $15K semifinals. The 18-year-old from Irvine California defeated No. 6 seed Trevor Svajda(SMU) 6-3, 6-4 in a rematch of the 2023 Kalamazoo 18s final, also won by Tien in straight sets. Standing in the way of Tien's third straight title is 25-year-old Matthew Summers(Denver) of Great Britain, who beat fellow qualifier Jay Friend(Arizona) 6-3, 6-3 to reach his first Pro Circuit final.

UCLA rising senior Kimmi Hance will play in her first USTA Pro Circuit singles final Sunday after the 21-year-old from Torrance, seeded No. 7, squeezed past teammate Anne Christine Lutkemeyer, a qualifier, 5-7, 6-0, 7-6(6).

Hance's opponent will be 15-year-old wild card Julieta Pareja, who is also seeking her first Pro Circuit singles title. Pareja, who is from nearby Carlsbad, defeated rising USC sophomore Lily Fairclough of Australia 6-4, 6-1 in the second W15 semifinal in Rancho Santa Fe.

Victoria Hu will play for her second W35 title in the past three weeks Sunday at the USTA Pro Circuit tournament in Wichita Kansas. The former Princeton Tiger, seeded No. 1, won a second straight three-hour battle Saturday, defeating No. 3 seed Sahaja Yamalapalli of India 6-4, 0-6, 7-5. Hu will face No. 8 seed Cadence Brace of Canada, who beat Jessica Failla(USC, Pepperdine) 6-3, 6-4.

In the Wichita doubles final, former Baylor stars Alicia Herrero Linana of Spain and Melany Solange Krywol of Argentina won their fourth title of the year and their sixth as a team, with the No. 3 seeds defeating 18-year-olds Sophia Webster(Vanderbilt) and Ashton Bowers(Texas) 6-3, 6-3. 

The updated Wimbledon wild card list has been released, with all the qualifying wild cards distributed (three were not used for the men) and most of the doubles wild cards. Former Florida All-American Oliver Crawford, who switched to Great Britain from the US at the beginning of this year, received a men's doubles wild card with Kyle Edmund. Amelia Rajecki(NC State) also received a women's doubles wild card, with Naiktha Bains. 

There is still one women's main draw singles wild card showing as To Be Announced. Qualifying begins Monday, and the draws will come out tomorrow, so that should be granted or passed on soon.