Pro Circuit Round-Up:
Two all-American finals in Tampa
Arthur Kapetanakis | March 19, 2018
Katerina Stewart claimed her 10th USTA Pro Circuit singles title Sunday in her native Florida, battling past No. 3 Jessica Pegula in one of two all-American finals at the SGI $15,000 Women's Event in Tampa, Fla.
Stewart (pictured) was also a finalist in the doubles competition with her partner, Rasheeda McAdoo. The No. 4 seeds were upset in that final by the unseeded American pairing of Caty McNally and Natasha Subhash, both 16.
The Tampa title extends Stewart’s streak to five consecutive years with at least one USTA Pro Circuit singles title, dating back to 2014. The 20-year-old Miami native, who took the final, 6-2, 6-3, over Pegula, did not drop a set all week on the green clay as the No. 2 seed.
Pegula, 24, was competing for her first singles title on the Circuit level. The Buffalo, N. ADVERTISEMENT Y., native reached the second round of the 2015 US Open as a qualifier.
In the doubles tournament, champions McNally and Subhash navigated through a difficult draw and three seeded opponents to lift their first trophy as a pair. After dismissing the No. 3 seeds in straight sets in the opening round and winning a routine quarterfinal, the youthful duo scored a 6-1, 6-2 semifinal upset over top-seeded Americans Quinn Gleason and Ingrid Neel.
The final, against Stewart and McAdoo, proved to be their toughest test of the week. The unseeded champions dropped the opening set before rebounding to take the match in a third-set super tiebreak, 3-6, 6-3, [10-6].
For McNally, it is her third doubles title of 2018, each coming with a different partner. She has now won back-to-back Pro Circuit doubles crowns after teaming with Whitney Osuigwe for another $15,000 trophy in Orlando, Fla., last week. Subhash claimed her first career Pro Circuit title with the win.
Here are results of other Americans competing on the USTA and ITF Circuits last week:
- Amanda Rodgers reached the singles semifinals, while Caty McNally and Ingrid Neel were singles quarterfinalists at the $15,000 USTA Pro Circuit event in Tampa, Fla.
- Maria Sanchez reached the singles quarterfinals, and Desirae Krawczyk was a doubles finalist at the $25,000 ITF Pro Circuit event in Irapuato, Mexico.
- Monica Robinson advanced to the singles quarterfinals at the $25,000 ITF Pro Circuit event in Gwalior, India.
- Ellie Halbauer was a singles quarterfinalist at the $15,000 ITF Pro Circuit event in Hammamet, Tunisia.
- Catherine Harrison advanced to the singles quarterfinals at the $15,000 ITF Pro Circuit event in Antalya, Turkey.
- Anastasia Nefedova was a singles semifinalist, and Sabrina Santamaria reached the doubles final at the $15,000 ITF Pro Circuit event in Heraklion, Greece.
- Kana Daniel advanced to the singles semifinals, and Dasha Ivanova reached the singles quarterfinals at the $15,000 ITF Pro Circuit event in Ramat Hasharon, Israel.
- Denis Kudla captured the singles title at the ATP $75,000 Challenger in Drummondville, Canada. Evan King, JC Aragone and Jared Hiltzik also reached the singles quarterfinals at the event.
- Ulises Blanch and Henry Craig reached the singles quarterfinals at the $25,000 USTA Futures event in Bakersfield, Calif.
- Daniel Nguyen won the singles title at the $15,000 ITF Futures event in Nishi-Tokyo, Japan.
- Hady Habib was a singles quarterfinalist at the $15,000 ITF Futures event in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt.
- Dusty Boyer reached the singles quarterfinals at the $15,000 ITF Futures event in Quinta Do Lago, Portugal.
- Adam El Mihdawy was a singles quarterfinalist at the $15,000 ITF Futures event in Doha, Qatar.
- Bryan Barten swept the singles and doubles titles at the ITF Georgia Open in Rome, Ga. David Wagner paired with Barten for the doubles trophy and lost to his partner in the singles final.