Brengle wins WTA 125 Series title,
Kozlov wins on Pro Circuit
Arthur Kapetanakis | November 8, 2021
Madison Brengle and Stefan Kozlov headlined a list of 11 American champions last week, with 10 of those titles coming at the ITF level, in addition to Brengle's WTA 125K Series trophy in Midland, Mich. Kozlov's victory came at the highest level of the USTA Pro Circuit, at Challenger-level event in Charlottesville, Va.
Brengle won an all-American final, 6-1, 6-2, against Robin Anderson to earn her second singles title at the Dow Tennis Classic, where she also won in 2018. The top seed at the event, Brengle dropped two sets in five matches en route to her second title of 2021. Both titles have come in the space of three weeks, as she won the USTA Pro Circuit W80 event in Macon, Ga, in late October.
With the title, the Dover, Del., native rises to No. 57 in the WTA singles rankings. She reached a career high of No. ADVERTISEMENT 35 in 2015.
“I’m super excited. It's the end of the year. So like, everybody’s a bit tired and it’s been a tough year so to end on a high note it feels really great,” the 31-year-old said following her victory. “I feel like my movement, especially on indoor courts was really good. I grew up playing on indoor courts in Delaware so it kind of suits my game. It’s fast and flat tennis which I really really like."
While Anderson fell short in the final, her run to the title round was enough to secure her a spot in the 2022 Australian Open main draw through a first-place finish in the Australian Open Wild Card Challenge.
Also going deep in the Midland singles draw were semifinalists Caty McNally and Danielle Lao, and quarterfinalists Francesca Di Lorenzo and Katrina Scott.
Asia Muhammad won the doubles title, teaming up with Great Britain's Harriet Dart to win a 6-3, 2-6, [10-7] final over Peangtarn Plipuech (Thailand) and Aldila Sutjiadi (Indonesia).
Kozlov wins Charlottesville Challenger on Pro Circuit
The unseeded 23-year-old dropped just one set in his five match run—to compatriot JJ Wolf in the semis—and claimed the title with a 6-2, 6-3 win over Australia's Aleksandar Vukic. Watch Kozlov seal the title with a big serve.
Kozlov claimed his eighth career ITF title, and his fourth at the Challenger level. It's his second Challenger singles title of 2021, following up on his win in Columbus in September, where he swept both the singles and doubles trophies
Born in Skopje, Macedonia, Kozlov now resides in Pembroke Pines, Fla., and plays under the U.S. flag. With a career-high ATP ranking of No. 115 in 2017, the title puts him back inside the Top 200 for the first time in three years, at No. 188. He is also a former junior world No. 2.
"From Alexander Zverev to Reilly Opelka, I grew up with those guys, but I completely fell off the mountain while they kept rising," he told broadcaster Mike Cation in an ATPTour.com interview. "I'm still very far off from them, but that's my goal, to compete with those guys again. That's what drives me. It would be a pretty cool story."
In addition to Kozlov and Wolf, three more Americans made the quarterfinal stage: Jack Sock, Emilio Nava and Thai-Son Kwiatkowski.
In the Charlottesville doubles event, Will Blumberg and Max Schnur won their second title in as many weeks after a 3-6, 6-1, [14-12] win over No. 3 seeds Treat Huey (Philippines) and Frederik Nielsen (Denmark).
Other notable American results on the USTA Pro Circuit and ITF World Tennis Tour include:
- Maxime Cressy reached the singles final at ther ATP Challenger 80 event in Eckental, Germany.
- Kyle Seelig won the ITF WTT M15 singles title in Heraklion, Greece.
- Cannon Kingsley was a singles finalist at the USTA Pro Circuit and ITF WTT M15 in Ithaca, N.Y., where Felix Corwin and Vasil Kirkov reached the semis. Kirkov also won the doubles title.
- Alfredo Perez reached the singles final at the USTA Pro Circuit and ITF WTT M15 event in Fayetteville, Ark., where Keegan Smith reached the semis.
- Emma Navarro won the USTA Pro Circuit and ITF WTT W25 in Orlando, Fla., defeating Allie Kiick in an all-American singles final. Anna Rogers and Christina Rosca took the doubles title.
- Jessica Failla was a doubles champion at the ITF WTT W25 in Haabneeme, Estonia
- Nick Taylor and David Wagner reached the Quad doubles final at the Wheelchair Masters in Orlando, Fla., where Wagner was also a Quad singles semifinalist and Dana Mathewson reached the women's doubles semis.
Photo credit: Kathryn Riley - Dow Tennis Classic