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Saturday, October 7, 2017

Lyeons, Scott and Price Take ITF Titles; Bolsova and Contreras Reach Women's All-American Final; McNally Claims First Pro Circuit Doubles Title; Norrie, Klahn in Challenger Finals


Thirteen-year-old Katrina Scott, playing in just her second ITF junior tournament, upset top seed Hailey Baptiste to win the Grade 4 title in Corpus Christi Texas.  Scott, who reached both the Eddie Herr and Junior Orange Bowl 12s finals last year, defeated ITF No. 46 Baptiste 7-6(1), 4-6, 6-3 in today's final, and will head to the Grade B1 Pan American Closed in Tulsa with an abundance of confidence.  Top seed Jaycer Lyeons took the boys title in Corpus Christi, beating No. 3 seed Stefan Leustian 7-6(1), 6-4.  The 16-year-old Lyeons won two ITF Grade 4 titles last October.

Lyeons also took the doubles title, partnering with Kevin Zhu. The No. 2 seeds beat No. 3 seeds Emilio Nava and Maximilian Wild 6-4, 6-2 in the final. The girls doubles title went to top seeds Chloe Hamlin and Malkia Ngounoue, who beat No. 2 seeds Mackenzie Clark and Addison Guevara 6-4, 5-7, 10-6.

Fourteen-year-old Gabby Price won her second ITF singles title, at the Grade 5 in the Dominican Republic.  Price, the top seed, lost only five games in her first four matches, but was tested in the all-American final, where she defeated No. 9 seed Gia Cohen 6-4, 7-5. 

The finals are set at the ITA Women's All-American Championships, with two qualifiers meeting for the title.  Florida Atlantic sophomore Aliona Bolsova will meet Vanderbilt junior Fernanda Contreras.  Contreras, who is the first All-American Championships singles finalist in Vanderbilt's history, defeated No. 2 seed Gabriela Talaba of Texas Tech 6-2, 6-2 in today's semifinals.  Bolsova, a transfer from Oklahoma State, defeated lucky loser Andrea Lazaro of Florida International 6-1, 6-3 to reach the final.  Bolsova has yet to drop a set in main draw competition this week.

The doubles final will feature No. 7 seeds Sarah Dvorak and Sabrina Federici of Texas Tech against unseeded Kaitlyn McCarthy and Ellyse Hamlin of Duke. 

The ITA All-American men's round of 16 and quarterfinals were played today in Tulsa, with top seed Mikael Torpegaard among those advancing to the semifinals.  Torpegaard, who earned straight-sets wins over Texas's Harrison Scott[9] and Ole Miss's Gustav Hansson[9],  will face No. 4 seed William Blumberg of North Carolina. Blumberg picked up straight-sets wins over unseeded qualifier Ferran Calvo of Oklahoma and Alexis Galarneau of North Carolina State.

In the other semifinal, UCLA's Martin Redlicki[9] will play Thomas Laurent[9] of Oregon.  Redlicki took out defending champion and No. 3 seed Petros Chrysochos of Wake Forest 6-4, 7-5 in the quarterfinals after eliminating No. 5 seed Alfredo Perez of Florida.  Laurent was the only semifinalist to drop a set today when he beat No. 8 seed Constantin Schmitz of Tulane 2-6, 6-1, 6-1 in the third round, but he rolled past unseeded Eduardo Mena of Tennesse Tech 6-2, 6-0 in the quarterfinals.

Blumberg is the only semifinalist also still in doubles, advancing to Sunday's semifinals with Robert Kelly. 

Caty McNally won her first title on the Pro Circuit today at the $15,000 tournament in Hilton Head South Carolina.  McNally and Great Britain's Emily Appleton beat wild cards Kylie Collins and Meg Kowalski 7-5, 6-3 in the final.  Ann Li was thwarted in her bid to reach the singles final, losing to Texas sophomore Bianca Turati[6] of Italy 3-6, 6-1, 6-3.  Turati will face top seed Ulrikke Eikeri of Norway in the final.

Great Britain's Cameron Norrie reached his third consecutive ATP Challenger final with his 7-5, 6-2 victory over No. 3 seed Michael Mmoh today in the $100,000 tournament in Stockton California.  The No. 8 seed, who left TCU for pro tennis just four months ago, trailed 5-0 in the opening set.  He will face No. 6 seed Darian King of Barbardos, who downed Tim Smyczek 6-1, 6-4. 

Bradley Klahn has reached the final of the $100,000+Hospitality Challenger in Monterrey Mexico, his first Challenger final since 2014.  The 2010 NCAA champion defeated No. 3 seed Quentin Halys of France 7-5, 7-6(4) in the semifinals and will face No. 4 seed Maximilian Marterer of Germany for the title. Marterer defeated Kevin King 7-6(2), 6-3. 

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