Kristie Ahn won her second singles title of the year, seventh career, after defeating two-time NCAA singles champion Danielle Collins in the final of the $80K RBC Pro Challenge in Tyler, Texas. The match started off with three consecutive breaks until Ahn held for 3-1. The rest of the opening set was all holds, including a six-deuce hold by Ahn for 5-3, as Ahn would go on to take it 6-4. Ahn went up an early break in the second set but Collins back on serve at 4-4. However Ahn would break back at love for 5-4 and then go on to serve it out in a one-deuce game to claim the title with a 6-4, 6-4 win.
Ahn earned $12,000 and picked up 115 WTA ranking points which moved her ranking up to a new career of 106. As the runner-up Collins earned $6,500 and picked up 70 WTA ranking points which moved her ranking up from 206 to 167.
Mississippi State junior Nuno Borges finished off a dominating week in California by winning the men's singles title at the Oracle/ITA National Fall Championships. Borges hadn't dropped a set all week entering Sunday's final against Wake Forest junior Petros Chrysochos and that wouldn't change in the 1 hour and 10 minute match.
Borges faced an early break point on his 1-1 service game but he managed to hold on the no-ad point when Chrysochos missed a forehand wide. Borges had three break points on Chrysochos's 2-3 service game but the Wake junior fought them off to hold for 3-3. Borges had a pair of set points on Chrysochos's 4-5 service game but Chrysochos hit an overhead to bring up the no-ad point and then he hit a service winner to get the hold for 5-5. Borges held easily for 6-5 and then he went up 15/40 and would get the break from 30/40 to take the opening set 7-5.
Borges fought off a pair of break points to start the second set and then he had four break points himself but Chrysochos came back from 0/40 down to hold for 1-1. Borges held on the no-ad point, with a service winner, for 2-1 and then he broke Chrysochos from 15/40 for 3-1. Borges held for 4-1 and then Chrysochos fought off a break point to hold for 2-4. After an exchange of holds, Borges came back from 0/30 down to hold on the no-ad point, via a service winner, to clinch the championship.
The finals are set at the Oracle/ITA National Fall Championships with Mississippi State junior Nuno Borges set to meet Wake Forest junior Petros Chrysochos in the men's final while Duke senior Samantha Harris and Florida International senior Andrea Lazaro will meet in the women's final.
Nuno Borges rolled through the first set against UCLA senior Martin Redlicki taking it 6-2 but Redlicki turned the tide in the second set and went in front 4-1. Borges fought back and after holding for 2-4 he'd break from 30/40 to put it back on serve at 3-4. Borges held for 4-4 and then broke on the no-ad point after a good angled forehand forced a Redlicki backhand miss. Borges would make it five straight games and would close it out when a drop shot skimmed the net cord and fell in for a winner.
Petros Chrysochos came out of the gates a little slow against Thomas Laurent with the Oregon junior taking an early 2-0 lead but the match would take a sharp turn in Chrysochos's favor. The Wake Forest junior went on to win 12 of the next 14 games to close out Laurent 6-2, 6-2.
Chrysochos was back on the court later in the day as he and senior Skander Mansouri advanced to the doubles final with a 6-3, 6-1 win over Louisville's Chris Kougoucheff and Parker Wynn. Chrysochos and Mansouri will meet Texas's Rodrigo Banzer and Leo Telles in the final after the Texas duo held on to defeat Wisconsin's Chema Carranza and Josef Dodridge 6-2, 3-6, 12-10. Banzer and Telles had match points at 9-7, 9-8, and 10-9 before finally converting at 11-10.
Friday was a busy day at the Oracle/ITA National Fall Championships with two rounds of singles contested and by the time the dust had settled we had our final four. On the men's side, three of the top five seeds advanced to the semifinals with the top seed Nuno Borges (Miss St) the only one not to drop a set. Borges will meet UCLA's Martin Redlicki after the Bruin senior won a pair of three setters. Redlicki came back from a set down to defeat Tennessee's Timo Stodder in the Round of 16 and then in the quarterfinals against Wake's Skander Mansouri he squandered four match points at *5-4 (40/0) in the third but he still managed to pull it out in a tiebreak by a 7-4 score.
Wake's Petros Chrysochos booked his spot in the semifinals with a close three set win over Ohio State's JJ Wolf and a straight set win over Florida's Alfredo Perez. Against Wolf, Chrysochos was broke serving for the match up 5-4 in the third but he managed to break back at love for 6-5 and then he held from 40/30 to take it 6-4, 4-6, 7-5.
Thomas Laurent will be up next for Chrysochos after the Oregon junior defeated Virginia's Aswin Lizen in straight sets and Georgia Gwinnett's Kevin Konfederak in a third set tiebreak.
FIU's Andrea Lazaro made it to the semifinals at the All-American Championships a month ago and on Friday she matched that result at the Fall Nats after a pair of straight set wins over Oklahoma State's Vladica Babic and North Carolina's Alle Sanford.
Vanderbilt's Fernanda Contreras and Texas's Bianca Turati are the only two left that have yet to drop a set. Contreras won a close first set over LMU's Veronica Miroshnichenko before pulling away in the second set. Then a few hours later she edged Clemson's Marie Leduc after Leduc had routed Stanford's Emily Arbuthnott.
It looked Turati and Stanford's Michaela Gordon were headed to a third set in their Round of 16 match after Gordon opened up a double break 5-2 lead in the second set. However Turati would break on the no-ad point for 3-5, break again on the no-ad point for 5-5, and then after getting broke herself she'd break on yet another no-ad point to force a tiebreak. Gordon had a fifth set point up 6-5* in the tiebreak and a sixth one up *7-6 but Turati rallied to win the final three points to close it out 6-2, 7-6(7). Turati rolled through her quarterfinal match against Texas Tech's Gabriela Talaba to set up a semifinal showdown against Duke's Samantha Harris.
Harris won both her matches in straight sets with the first over Denver's Julia O'Loughlin and the second over the No. 2 seed Pepperdine's Ashley Lahey. Harris broke O'Loughlin on the no-ad point to take the first set 6-4 and then in the second she broke O'Loughlin on the no-ad point, after O'Loughlin led 40/0, to close it out 6-4, 6-4.
The second day of the Oracle/ITA National Fall Championships saw 14 of 16 men's matches finish in straight sets with 10 of the original 16 seeds advancing to Friday's Round of 16. The top seed Mississippi State's Nuno Borges rolled to a 6-3, 6-1 win over Kentucky's Ryo Matsumura while the No. 2 seed USC's Brandon Holt was upset by Florida State's Lucas Poullain 6-3, 6-4. Texas A&M's Jordi Arconada won the quickest match of the day after his opponent Alexis Galarneau retired early in the first set due to illness. Virginia's Aswin Lizen accounted for the other upset with a 6-0, 6-2 thrashing of Baylor's Johannes Schretter who was the No. 8 seed.
Georgia Gwinnett's Kevin Konfederak advanced to the Round of 16 with a 6-3, 6-4 win over Ohio State's Kyle Seelig. The NAIA Oracle Cup Champion won 85% of the points on Seelig's second serve and broke him six times.
There are just nine seeds left on the women's side after No. 4, No. 6, No. 7, No. 10, and No. 15 were defeated on Thursday. Seven of 16 matches went the distance which included Denver's Julia O'Loughlin coming back from a set down to defeat No. 7 Miami's Sinead Lohan 2-6, 6-4, 6-3.
Texas's Bianca Turati pulled off the biggest upset of the day (by seed) with a 7-6, 6-2 win over No. 4 seed UCLA's Ena Shibahara. The highest remaining seed left is Pepperdine's Ashley Lahey who held off Virginia's Rosie Johanson 6-2, 4-6, 6-3.
The doubles draws have already reached the quarterfinals with the biggest surprise being Wesleyan's Eudice Chong and Victoria Yu. The Oracle Cup Champs defeated UNC's Jessie Aney and Alexa Graham in the opening round and then in the second round they outlasted Kentucky's Mami Adachi and Akvile Parazinskaite 6-2, 5-7, 10-8. Chong and Yu qualified for the Fall Nats by only dropping 16 games in five matches at the Oracle Cup with the first three matches coming against D3 foes while the final two came against the NAIA and D2 champs.
Full singles results are available down below plus the ITA's event page has doubles results. There will be two rounds of singles on Friday.
The opening day of the Oracle/ITA National Fall Championships saw most of the top seeds pull through however there were a couple of big upsets on the women's side. Oklahoma State senior Vladica Babic (11.27) rolled the top seed Florida senior Anna Danilina (12.10) 6-3, 6-1 while Ole Miss senior Arianne Hartono (11.53) came back from a set down to defeat the No. 3 seed Cal senior Karla Popovic (11.86) 3-6, 6-4, 6-1. The No. 2 and No. 4 seeds also got all they wanted with Pepperdine sophomore Ashley Lahey (11.92) holding off Purdue junior Silvia Ambrosio (10.70) 7-6(4), 1-6, 6-3 while UCLA sophomore Ena Shibahara (11.82) edged TCU senior Aleksandra Zenovka (11.05) 6-2, 4-6, 7-6(5).
The men's top seed Mississippi State junior Nuno Borges won his opening over Texas junior Leonardo Telles 7-5, 6-1 while the No. 2 seed USC sophomore Brandon Holt defeated Virginia Tech junior Mitch Harper 6-3, 6-2. The highest seed to fall was the No. 10 seed Florida sophomore Johannes Ingildsen (14.20) who lost 6-1, 7-5 to Notre Dame junior Alex Lebedev (13.69).
Both Ohio State and Florida State went 3-0 on the men's side while Georgia went 1-3.
The ITA's event page will have doubles results after all the matches finish along with singles start times for Thursday's Round of 32.
The final major event of the fall, the Oracle/ITA National Fall Championships, kicks off on Wednesday morning at the JW Marriott and Indian Wells Tennis Garden in sunny California. Mississippi State junior Nuno Borges is the top seed in the men's singles draw while Florida senior Anna Danilina is the top seed in the women's singles draw. The top seeds in the doubles draws are Florida's Johannes Ingildsen and Alfredo Perez and Duke's Ellyse Hamlin and Kaitlyn McCarthy.
There will be one round of singles played on Wednesday and one on Thursday and then on Friday they'll be two rounds. The semifinals will be held on Saturday with the finals set for this Sunday. The ITA will have live scoring and there will be live streaming on two courts at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden with the stream available on the ITA's event page.
The ITA's event page has starting times along with an event preview and down below I have all the first round singles matches listed out.
Northwestern graduate Samantha Murray was the big winner last week after sweeping singles and doubles titles at the ITF $15K in Wirral, Great Britain. Murray only dropped one set in singles and cruised to a 6-2, 6-2 win in the final over Eden Silva. Murray's toughest match came in the semifinals against her doubles partner Maia Lumsden when she came back from a 3-6, 3-4* deficit to win 3-6, 6-4, 6-3. The singles title was the second of Murray's career and first since 2012.
Murray and Lumsden only dropped one set in the doubles draw and they won the doubles title with a 6-4, 6-3 win over Alicia Barnett and Laura Sainsbury. The doubles title was Murray's second of the year and 15th of her career. Murray is currently ranked 490 in singles and 305 in doubles.
The 61st Annual Southern California Intercollegiate Championships came to a close on Monday with Azusa Pacific's Oliver Frank claiming the singles title after a straight set win over USC's Brandon Holt. The 32-player singles draw was comprised of 29 players from D1 schools and 3 from D2 schools which made Frank's run to the title that much more unlikely. Frank started off the tournament with a 6-3, 1-6, 6-4 win over UC Davis's David Goulak and then he came from behind to defeat USC's Jake DeVine 2-6, 6-3, 6-1. In the quarterfinals Frank defeated USC's Laurens Verboven 6-1, 3-6, 6-1 and in the semifinals he knocked out USC's Logan Smith 6-1, 1-6, 6-0. In today's final Frank broke Holt in the eighth game of the match to go up 5-3 and then served out the opening set to take it 6-3. In the second set Frank broke Holt in the fifth game to go in front 3-2 and he held on from there to win it 6-3, 6-4.
"This tournament win means a lot to me. To play against NCAA Division I level players and win is special. The competition here was just a different level. You have to be focused and concentrate more on all the details," Frank said via APU's recap. "I was able to get the momentum early and keep it throughout the tournament. To play as an underdog here was good for my game. I was just able to play my game point-by-point."
The majority of the field for the 2017 Oracle ITA National Fall Championships was released on Thursday but on Friday the field was completed with the addition of a handful of wild cards and a few last minute at-large selections. Baylor sophomore Bjoern Petersen was awarded an Oracle Wild Card into the singles draw which wasn't too surprising due to Oracle's Mark Hurd being a Baylor graduate. Georgia's Wayne Montgomery and Walker Duncan got the extra at-large selection due to UNC's William Blumberg and Robert Kelly pulling out due to Blumberg possibly getting a wild card into Charlottesville next week. Clemson's Alex Favrot and Simon Baudry were awarded an Oracle Wild Card which rounded out the men's doubles field.
The women's singles field already had its 64 players however there was another addition to the doubles field with Loyola Marymount's Veronica Miroshnichenko and Eva Marie Voracek getting an Oracle Wild Card. The doubles field now has 32 teams but I'm expecting to see one more addition since UCLA's Jada Hart is listed twice with two different partners.