Two-time NCAA singles champion Danielle Collins won her second singles title of the year, fourth career, with a come from behind three set win over Sachia Vickery at the ITF $25K event in Norman, Oklahoma. Collins dropped the opening set 6-1 but came back to take the second 6-3. In the third set, Collins went a break down on two occasions but managed to get it back on serve. After getting broken at love to go down 4-3, she broke back from 15/40 to even it at 4-4, came back from 15/40 down, fighting off a total of four break points, to go ahead 5-4, and then she finished it off by breaking from 30/40 to win it 1-6, 6-3, 6-4. Collins picked up 18 WTA ranking points which should move her ranking up to around 161 (CH 153) when the rankings come out next week.
Former USC Trojan Emilio Gomez won his first singles title in two years with a come from behind three set win over Ulises Blanch at the $15K USA F37 Futures in Pensacola, Florida. Blanch took the opening set 6-3 but Gomez jumped out to a single-break 3-0 lead in the second set. Blanch reeled off four games in a row to go in front 4-3 but Gomez broke back at love and then held for 5-4. After an exchange of holds Gomez broke from 30/40 to capture the second set 7-5. The third set was all Gomez as he went in front 3-0 and cruised to a 3-6, 7-5, 6-1 win. Gomez picked up 18 ATP points with the win and will move up to around 530 in next week's rankings.
John Peers and his doubles partner Henri Kontinen won the ATP World Tour Finals for the second year in a row after defeating Lukasz Kubot and Marcelo Melo 6-4, 6-2. Peers and Kontinen dropped their opening match of the event to Michael Venus (LSU '09) and Ryan Harrison but then won four straight to bring home the hardware. Peers will finish the year with an ATP doubles ranking of No. 4 plus he earned over $1.1M this past season.
Former Loyola Marymount Lion Purav Raja and his doubles partner the great Leander Paes won a Challenger doubles title for the second week in a row. Raja and Paes won a week ago in Knoxville and this past week in Champaign they cruised through the first three rounds before edging former collegians Joe Salisbury and Ruan Roelofse 6-3, 6-7, 10-5 in the finals. Raja's current ranking of 60 is just 8 spots off his career high of 52 which he achieved this past July.
Former Wofford Terrier Rob Galloway and former FSU Seminole Benjamin Lock won a doubles title in Kuwait for the THIRD week in a row. Galloway and Lock had a bye into the quarters and then after a straight set win they won a close one 10-6 in the third to move into the finals. In the finals they rolled over Marc Dijkhuizen and Darko Jandric 6-2, 6-1 which extended the pair's winning streak to 11. Galloway has a new career-high ranking of 329 while Lock has a new career high as well at 273. Galloway and Lock are playing at the South Africa F1 Futures this week in Stellenbosch.
Recent SMU graduates Hunter and Yates Johnson won their second doubles title of the year, fifth career, after rolling through the competition at the USA F37 Futures in Pensacola, Florida. The Johnson Brothers didn't drop a set with their closest win being 6-2, 7-6 in the semifinals. Yates currently has a doubles ranking of 505 while Hunter is at 698.
Former ETSU Buccaneer Sander Gille won his fifth Challenger doubles title of the year as he and Sander Arends won $43K event in Brescia, Italy. Gille and Arends only dropped one set on the week and they only dropped five games in the finals against Luca Margaroli and Tristan-Samuel Weissborn. Gille's normal doubles partner former East Carolina Pirate Joran Vliegen had already shut it down for the year after the duo made the quarterfinals the previous week in France.
Former Kentucky Wildcat Alejandro Gomez won his first doubles title of the year as he teamed with Jose Bendeck to win the Mexico F5 Futures in Campeche. Gomez and Bendeck won their opening round match in straight sets and then survived three three-setters to come away with the title. Prior to last week Gomez hadn't played doubles at an event since May.
Below is a list of last weekend's winners and runner-ups on the pro circuit.
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