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Monteiro, Kordolaimi, and Caruana Win Singles Titles Plus Plenty of Doubles Success

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It was another strong week on the pro tour for players with college ties. John Peers (Baylor '11) and Treat Huey (Virginia '08) won ATP doubles titles in Washington D.C. and Los Cabos respectively, Abigail Spears (UCLA '00*) won a doubles title at the Bank of the West in Stanford, and 13 others won at the Futures level. There were three singles titles won by players with college ties while another three finished as runner-up including Kevin Anderson (Illinois '07*) who lost in the finals of the ATP 500 in Washington D.C.

Joao Monteiro (Virginia Tech '16) won his third singles title of the year, fourth career, with a 6-2, 7-5 win over Javier Marti at the $25K Portugal F14 Futures in Porto. Monteiro only dropped one set on the week and with the win the Portugal native picked up 27 ATP points which will move him up to a new career high of around 308 when the points are added in next week. Monteiro is now 45-15 on the year and he's made it to at least the semifinals in 10 of 18 tournaments that he's played. 

Eleni Kordolaimi (Houston '15) made it back-to-back singles title in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt, after defeating Nika Shytkouskaya 6-2, 6-3. Kordolaimi didn't drop a set all week and in fact she's only dropped one set in the last two weeks. Kordolaimi has now won four career singles titles with all four coming in Sharm El Sheikh. 

Another week, another title ?? #2inarow #prince #princegreece #kirschbaum

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Liam Caruana (Texas '15*), who spent one semester at Texas in the fall of 2015, won his first career pro singles title with a 7-6(4), 6-1 over Genaro Olivieri at the $25K USA F26 Futures in Decatur. Caruana had a dominating week in Central Illinois with the 19-year old winning 7 of 12 sets by a score of 6-0, 6-1, or 6-2. Caruana earned 27 ATP points and will move up to roughly 475 when those points are added in next week. 
Treat Huey (Virginia '08) won his eighth career ATP doubles title with he and Juan Sebastian Cabal rolling to a 6-2, 6-3 win over Roberto Maytin (Baylor '13) and Sergio Galdos at the ATP 250 in Los Cabos, Mexico. Huey entered the week with an ATP doubles ranking of 75 and with the 250 points won he should jump up to around 64 (career high is 18). Huey and Cabal each won $17,000.
Belinda Woolcock (Florida '17) and Samantha Harris (Duke Rising Sr) won a doubles title for the third week in a row with the Aussie duo claiming the ITF $15K in Targu Jiu, Romania, with a 6-1, 7-5 win over Margarita Lazareva and Milana Spremo. All three of the titles came in Targu Jiu with 9 of the 12 matches finishing in straight sets. The doubles title was No. 4 for Harris and No. 3 for Woolcock.
Below are a list of the weekend's winners and runner-ups. 
Singles Champions (3)  
$25K Porto, Portugal F14 Futures - Joao Monteiro (Virginia Tech '16)
$25K Decatur, Illinois USA F26 Futures - Liam Caruana (Texas '15*)
$15K ITF Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt - Eleni Kordolaimi (Houston '15)
Singles Runner-Ups (3)
$15K ITF Nonthaburi, Thailand - Jasmine Lee (Mississippi State '17)
$15K Cairo, Egypt F23 Futures - Bernardo Saraiva (San Francisco '15)
ATP 500 Washington D.C. - Kevin Anderson (Illinois '07)
Doubles Champions (16)
ATP 500 Citi Open - John Peers (Baylor '11)
ATP 250 Los Cabos, Mexico - Treat Huey (Virginia '08)
WTA Bank of the West (Stanford) - Abigail Spears (UCLA '00*)
$25K ITF Fort Worth, Texas - Ellen Perez (Georgia '17*)/Giuliana Olmos (USC '16)
$25K ITF El Espinar, Spain - Luisa Stefani (Pepperdine Rising Jr)/Quinn Gleason (Notre Dame '16)
$25K Decatur, Illinois USA F26 Futures - Sasha Gozun (South Florida '17)/Nate Lammons (SMU '16)
$15K ITF Porto, Portugal - Emily Arbuthnott (Stanford Rising Soph) 
$15K ITF Nonthaburi, Thailand - Beatrice Gumulya (Clemson '15)/Jessy Rompies (Clemson '15)
$15K ITF Targu Jiu, Romania - Belinda Woolcock (Florida '17)/Samantha Harris (Duke Rising Sr)
$15K Riga, Latvia F1 Futures - Markus Kerner (SMU '17)/Mikelis Libietis (Tennessee '15)
Doubles Runner-Ups (18)
ATP 250 Los Cabos, Mexico - Roberto Maytin (Baylor '13)
$106K Biella, Italy Challenger - Johan Brunstrom (SMU '03)/Dino Marcan (Ohio State '10*)
$75K Lexington, Kentucky Challenger - Eric Quigley (Kentucky '12)/Tom Jomby (Kentucky '14)
$15K Vogau, Austria F5 Futures - Felipe Sarrasague (Elon Rising Jr) 
$15K Cairo, Egypt F23 Futures - Bernardo Saraiva (San Francisco '15)
$15K Piestany, Slovakia F2 Futures - Samm Butler (SMU Rising Sr)/Andrew Watson (Memphis Rising Sr)
$25K ITF Fort Worth, Texas - Ayaka Okuno (Georgia '13*)
$25K Pitesti, Romania F8 Futures - Hunter Reese (Tennessee '15)
$25K Erzurum, Turkey F28 Futures - Igor Smilansky (Tennessee '16*)
$25K Decatur, Illinois USA F26 Futures - Edward Bourchier (Penn State '11)
$15K Casablanca, Morocco F3 Futures - Skander Mansouri (Wake Forest Rising Sr)/Nick Chappell (TCU '15)
$15K Skopje, Macedonia F2 Futures - Nick Horton (NC State '17)/Aziz Kijametovic (Old Dominion Rising Jr)
$15K Riga, Latvia F1 Futures - David Volfson (Cornell Rising Jr)
* didn't stay in college for all four years
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