Pro Circuit Round-Up:
Clean sweep for U.S. in Midland
Sally Milano | February 5, 2018
It was a clean sweep for U.S. players at the Dow Tennis Classic in Midland, Mich., last week, as all-American finals were contested in both singles and doubles at the $100,000 USTA Pro Circuit event.
In singles, No. 3-seeded wild card Madison Brengle (pictured above) captured the title, defeating fellow American Jamie Loeb, 6-1, 6-2, in the 54-minute final. The 27-year-old from Dover, Del., cruised through the Midland draw, dropping just 17 games total in her five matches and upsetting No. 1 seed Mihaela Buzarnescu of Romania, 6-4, 6-1, in the semifinals.
With the win, Brengle has now won 11 career USTA Pro Circuit singles titles. She also remains unbeaten against her finals' opponent Loeb, improving her record against the former UNC star to a perfect 4-0.
In doubles, Kaitlyn Christian and Sabrina Santamaria took home the title with a 7-5, 4-6, [10-8] win over Jessica Pegula and Maria Sanchez. ADVERTISEMENT Christian and Santamaria reached the final after upsetting the top-seeded team of Mariana Duque-Marino of Colombia and Maria Irigoyen of Argentina, 5-7, 7-6 (5) [10-4], in the semifinals. They have now won three titles together as a team.
Here are results of other Americans competing on the ITF and USTA Pro Circuits last week:
- Jennifer Brady also had a strong performance in Midland, reaching the singles semifinals at the tournament.
- Vania King won the doubles title at the $60,000 ITF Pro Circuit event in Burnie, Australia.
- Nadja Gilchrist finished runner-up in singles at the $15,000 ITF Pro Circuit event in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt.
- Shelby Talcott reached the singles quarterfinals at the $15,000 ITF Pro Circuit event in Antalya, Turkey.
- Mackenzie McDonald reached the singles final at the $125,000 USTA Challenger in Dallas. Denis Kudla advanced to the semifinals, while Taylor Fritz and Tim Smyczek reached the quarterfinals at the event.
- Evan King reached the singles quarterfinals at the $75,000 Challenger in Burnie, Australia. He also teamed with Max Schnur to finish runner-up in doubles.
- Strong Kirchheimer reached the singles semifinals, and Junior Ore advanced to the singles quarterfinals at the $15,000 USTA Futures in Palm Coast, Fla.