Peggy Porter in action during the final of the USTA Collegiate Clay Court Invitational.
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By Pat Mitsch, special to USTA.com
University of Southern California junior Roberto Quiroz and 17-year-old high school senior Peggy Porter won the men’s and women’s singles titles, respectively, at the USTA Collegiate Clay Court Invitational this weekend at Disney World’s ESPN Wide World of Sports complex in Orlando, Fla.
Quiroz, who won this event for the second straight year, defeated junior Martin Redlicki (18, Hawthorn Woods, Ill.) in the title match, 7-5, 6-0. Coincidentally, Quiroz beat Redlicki’s older brother, Michael, now a sophomore at Duke, in the final last year. The younger Redlicki is set to join his brother at Duke next fall.
Porter, a University of Florida recruit who trains at the T-Bar-M club, a USTA Certified Regional Training Center in Dallas, defeated Sofia Kenin (14, Pembroke Pines), a high school freshman, 6-2, 6-2, to win the women’s title. Porter reached the round of 16 at this summer’s USTA Girls’ 16s National Championship in San Diego, while Kenin was a semifinalist at the same event.
Tennessee’s Brandon Fickey and Jarryd Chaplin beat North Florida’s Norbert Nemczek and Jack Findel-Hawkins to win the men’s doubles title, 8-7 (3). Texas A&M's Cristina Stancu and Stefania Hristov took the women's doubles title, beating Vanderbilt's Ashleigh Antal and Marie Casares, 8-5.
Both Quiroz and Porter win wild-card entries into a future USTA Pro Circuit event after winning the Invitational, the largest clay-court event in college tennis. This was the second of three events in the USTA’s fall series of tournaments combining collegians and juniors. The final event, the women’s USTA Collegiate Invitational, will be held this weekend in Portland, Ore.
The final day of the Invitational was streamed live on ESPN3.com and can still be viewed there on replay.