Pro Circuit Round-Up:
Dolehide wins Charleston W60
Arthur Kapetanakis | October 7, 2019
In her first competitive action since reaching the US Open women’s doubles semifinals with Vania King and qualifying for the singles main draw, 21-year-old Caroline Dolehide took the title at the USTA Pro Circuit tournament in Charleston, S.C.
Seeded No. 2 at the ITF World Tennis Tour W60 event, Dolehide topped unseeded Grace Min, 6-2, 6-7, 6-0 in Sunday’s all-American final. She won her first nine sets of the tournament, including the opener in the championship match, and also dispatched No. 7 seed Marina Melnikova and No. 3 Maria Camila Osorio Serrano, 17, who won the girls' singles title in New York, en route to the title.
After cruising to the first set against Min, Dolehide fell behind, 0-5, in the second. She was able to fight back to force a tiebreak, but Min won it, 7-5, to level the match. ADVERTISEMENT In the decider, Dolehide took back control, as she dropped just seven points in winning her third bagel set on the week.
“I had to come out firing in the third set,” she told South Carolina’s The Post and Courier. “I played some really good tennis in the third set.
“It was a very physical, fun match with some adversity in the wind.”
The title lifts Dolehide back into the WTA’s Top 200, at No. 162. Still seeking her first foray into the Top 100, she hit a career high of No. 102 in July 2018.
Ellie Halbauer fell to Min in the semifinals, after turning back Duke University product Maria Mateas in the quarters. Ingrid Neel (with Anna Danlina) was a doubles champion at the event, while Caitlin Whoriskey (with Vladica Babic) reached the doubles final.
Other notable American results on the ITF Circuit include:
- Asia Muhammad won the singles title at the ITF World Tennis Tour W25 event in Brisbane, Australia.
- Dasha Ivanova swept the singles and doubles titles at the W15 event in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt, where Taylor Cataldi was a singles quarterfinalist.
- Dalayna Hewitt was a singles finalist at the USTA Pro Circuit W15 event in Norman, Okla., where Amy Zhu and Savannah Broadus reached the semifinals. Carmen Corley, Andie Dniell, Emma Davis and Lorraine Guillermo were singles quarterfinalists, while Zhu also reached the doubles final.
- Kevin King was a singles semifinalist at the USTA Pro Circuit M25 event in Norman, Okla., where Sekou Bangoura, Evan Zhu, Spencer Papa and Reese Stalder reached the quarterfinals. Bangoura won the doubles title (with Lloyd Glasspool), beating twins Hunter and Yates Johnson in the final.
- Daniel Nguyen claimed the singles title at the M25 event in Tay Ninh, Vietnam.
- Dusty Boyer reached the singles semis at the M15 event in Nanchang, China.
- Nicolas Moreno de Alboran was a singles quarterfinalist at the M15 event in Tabarka, Tunisia.
- Justin Butsch was a singles quarterfinalist at the M15 event in Santa Tecla, El Salvador, where Alec Adamson and Luke Gamble won the doubles title.
- Connor Stroud was the men’s singles and doubles champion at the Alabama Open ITF Futures event, teaming with Jason Keatseangslip for the doubles crown. Chris Herman was a singles and doubles finalist at the event.
- Emmy Kaiser claimed the singles and doubles titles at the same event, partnering with Joanna Nieh in doubles.