Harrison wins second
straight USTA Pro Circuit title
Sally Milano | July 10, 2017
Twenty-three-year-old Christian Harrison of Bradenton, Fla., won the singles title Sunday at the Wichita Tennis Open in Wichita, Kan., coming back to defeat fellow American Michael Mmoh, 1-6, 6-2, 7-5, in the final.
The win gave Harrison his second title in as many weeks. He also claimed the singles crown at the Tulsa Pro Championships, a $25,000 USTA Futures event held the week of June 26.
Seeded No. 2 in Wichita, Harrison did not drop a set during his run to the final. He began the week by knocking off British qualifier Ryan Peniston, 6-3, 6-2, in the first round; and then followed with wins over Britain's Farris Fathi Gosea by walkover in the second round; Israeli qualifier Or Ram-Harel, 6-2, 6-1, in the quarterfinals; and No. 6 Naoki Nakagawa of Japan, 6-3, 6-3, in the semifinals. He dropped his only set of the tournament against top-seeded Mmoh, a wild card in the tournament, in the final.
Harrison, the younger brother of French Open doubles champion Ryan Harrison, did not compete from July 2013 to August 2015 after being sidelined by a series of injuries. ADVERTISEMENT Since his return to the tour, he won his first USTA Pro Circuit title at the $25,000 USTA Futures event in Champaign, Ill., last summer and also made his Grand Slam main-draw debut, as a qualifier, at the 2016 US Open.
Other results from Americans last week include:
- Nathan Ponwith and Harrison Richmond finished runner-up in doubles at the Wichita Futures.
- Marcos Giron reached the singles final at the $25,000 ITF Pro Circuit event in Saskatoon, Canada. Alex Sarkissian and Alexios Halebian teamed to win the doubles championship there.
- Evan King and Hunter Reese won the doubles title at the $15,000 ITF Pro Circuit event in Middleburg, Netherlands.
- Bernarda Pera reached the singles final at the $25,000 ITF Pro Circuit event in Darmstadt, Germany.
- Sanaz Marand reached the singles final at the $15,000 ITF Pro Circuit event in Istanbul.
- Natalie Suk won the doubles title at the $15,000 ITF Pro Circuit event in Prokuplje, Serbia.
- Dasha Ivanova finished runner-up in doubles at the $25,000 ITF Pro Circuit event in Middelburg, Netherlands.