Pro Circuit Round-Up:
Duval takes lead in AO Challenge
E.J. Crawford | October 30, 2017
Victoria Duval was one of the Week 1 stars of the 2013 US Open, her upset of past champion Samantha Stosur – and the unbridled joy in her victory celebration – earning her fans across the globe.
The teen would go on to climb to No. 87 in the world in 2014. But her march to the Top 50 was dealt an unconscionable setback when she was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma, cancer that required immediate treatment and sidelined her for a full year.
Duval completed her first full season back on tour in 2016, and this year she continues to take steps toward regaining her past position in the Top 100 – perhaps few bigger than her performance last week at the $80,000 USTA Pro Circuit event in Macon, Ga., where the now-cancer free 21-year-old reached the final to take the early lead in the Australian Open Wild Card Challenge. ADVERTISEMENT
The men’s and women’s winner of the Wild Card Challenge earn a spot in the main draw of the 2018 Australian Open. If Duval were to win the challenge, it would mark her first appearance in a Grand Slam main draw since Wimbledon 2016. For more on the challenge, click here.
With her run to the Macon final, Duval climbed to No. 239 in the latest world rankings – her best rank since 2015 and a boost of nearly 600 spots from February of this year, when she checked in at No. 900.
Another strong showing or two and Duval could soon find herself back in the Top 200 – and perhaps in the main draw of the first Grand Slam event of 2018.
Other results from Americans competing on the USTA Pro Circuit and ITF Pro Circuit last week include:
- A number of U.S. women fared well at the $80,000 event in Macon. In addition to Duval, Kayla Day reached the singles semifinals and Jamie Loeb reached the quarterfinals. Also, Kaitlyn Christian and Sabrina Santamaria won the doubles title, defeating fellow American Sanaz Marand in the final.
- Bernarda Pera reached the singles quarterfinals at the $100,000 ITF Pro Circuit event in Poitiers, France.
- Francesca Di Lorenzo advanced to the quarterfinals in singles and the final in doubles at the $60,000 ITF Pro Circuit event in Saguenay, Canada.
- Jacqueline Cako reached the doubles final at the $60,000 ITF Pro Circuit event in Liuzhou, China.
- Three Americans – Evan King, Noah Rubin and Alex Sarkissian – reached the quarterfinals in singles at the $75,000 ATP Challenger in Traralgon, Australia, with Nathan Pasha advancing to the doubles final.
- Taylor Fritz advanced to the singles quarterfinals at the $50,000 ATP Challenger in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.
- Winston Lin reached the singles quarterfinals at the $15,000 ITF Pro Circuit event in Kiryat Gat, Israel, and Tyler Lu did the same at the $15,000 ITF Circuit tournament in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.