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Pro Circuit Recap - Rosca Repeats in Egypt, Hernandez-Fernandez Wins at Home in the Dominican, Two Straight For Saraiva/Verbeek & Kadhe

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Incoming TCU freshman Andreea Rosca won a second consecutive pro singles title in Cairo and also picked up a doubles title as well. Rosca only dropped 18 games in her five singles wins with just four of those coming in the final in a 6-1, 6-3 win over Austria's Melanie Klaffner. Rosca will have a new career-high singles ranking of around 601 when these 12 points are added in next week. Rosca and Gabriela Tatarus won the doubles title with a 6-1, 6-3 win over Klaffner and Jelena Stojanovic. The doubles title was the fourth of Rosca's career with three of those coming with Tatarus. 


Last week former UNC Tar Heel Jose Hernandez-Fernandez finished as the runner-up at the Dominican Republic F2 Futures in Santo Domingo Este but this week at the F3 he managed to win the title with a 6-0, 6-7, 6-2 win over former Kentucky Wildcat Alejandro Gomez.  The singles title was the first of the year for Hernandez-Fernandez, eighth career, and it was his first on a hardcourt since 2013. Hernandez-Fernandez won 10 of 12 sets in his five matches while only having to face one seeded player. Hernandez-Fernandez is currently ranked 312 but with these 18 points he should rise to around 287 next week (CH-179).  




Former USF Don Bernardo Saraiva and former Pacific Tiger Sem Verbeek made it back-to-back doubles titles at the Dominican Republic Futures in Santo Domingo Este. Saraiva and Verbeek defeated Nick Hardt and Jose Olivares 6-3, 6-4 in the final which gave Verbeek his ninth doubles title of the year while it was the fifth of the year for Saraiva. Verbeek's doubles ranking is up to 273 (CH-263) while Saraiva has a new career high of 307. 



Duke redshirt junior Nicolas Alvarez, who missed all of last year with a wrist injury, advanced to his first career pro singles final at the Peru F1 Futures in Lima. Alvarez won his first four matches in straight sets but he came up short in the final falling 7-5, 6-3 to the No. 2 seed Daniel Galan. Alvarez picked up 10 points for making the final and when those are added in next week he'll have a new career high of around 856. Below is a list of last weekend's winners and runner-ups on the pro circuit.

Recent Oklahoma State graduate Arjun Kadhe won a doubles title in Egypt for the second week in a row. A week ago Kadhe and Aryan Goveas won the Egypt F37 Futures in Cairo and this past week they won the F38 which was also in Cairo. Kadhe and Goveas cruised into the finals but then they got all they wanted from recent SMU graduate Ronald Slobodchikov and Oleksandr Bielinskyi before pulling out a 6-7, 6-1, 10-7 win. 

Former Clemson Tiger Jessy Rompies won her third doubles title of the year, 23rd career, after she and Varunya Wongteanchai defeated former Northwestern Wildcat Samantha Murray and former Auburn-Montgomery Warhawk Ana Veselinovic 6-4, 6-2 in the final of the ITF $25K in Pune, India. Rompies picked up 50 WTA ranking points for the win and should see her doubles ranking rise to around 314 next week (CH-243). 


Singles Champions (2) 
$15K Santo Domingo Este, Dominican Republic F3 Futures - Jose Hernandez-Fernandez (North Carolina '12*) 
$15K Cairo, Egypt - Andreea Rosca (TCU Freshman)
Singles Runner-Ups (4)
$15K Lima, Peru F1 Futures - Nicolas Alvarez (Duke Redshirt Junior)
$15K Sajur, Israel F18 Futures - Tom Jomby (Kentucky '14)
$15K Cairo, Egypt F38 Futures - Ronald Slobodchikov (SMU '17)
$15K Santo Domingo Este, Dominican Republic F3 Futures - Alejandro Gomez (Kentucky '14)



Doubles Champions (5)
$25K Pune, India - Jessy Rompies (Clemson '15)
$15K Santo Domingo Este, Dominican Republic F3 Futures - Bernardo Saraiva (San Fran '15)/Sem Verbeek (Pacific '16)
$15K Cairo, Egypt F38 Futures - Arjun Kadhe (Oklahoma State '17)
$15K Cairo, Egypt - Andreea Rosca (TCU Freshman)
Doubles Runner-Ups (6)
$25K Pune, India - Samantha Murray (Northwestern '10)/Ana Veselinovic (Auburn-Montgomery '12)
$15K Antalya, Turkey - Eleni Kordolaimi (Houston '15)
$15K Antalya, Turkey F47 Futures - Diego Hidalgo (Florida '16)
$15K Cairo, Egypt F38 Futures - Ronald Slobodchikov (SMU '17)
$15K Lima, Peru F1 Futures - Boris Arias (LSU '16)

* didn't stay in college for all four years 


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