Pro Circuit Round-up:
Brodsky tops Manassee in Ashland
Arthur Kapetanakis | July 30, 2018
Gail Brodsky, a former junior national champion and now a 27-year-old mother of two, won the $60,000 USTA Pro Circuit event in Ashland, Ky., to claim her second ITF singles trophy in the last five weeks.
Brodsky (pictured above), who was born in Ukraine and moved with her family to Brooklyn at age 6, battled past No. 5 seed Olivia Rogowska and No. 2 Nao Hibino on her way to an all-American final, where she defeated former Cal-Berkeley All-American Maegan Manasse, 4-6, 6-1, 6-0.
In 2008, Brodsky won the USTA Girls’ 18s National Championship, defeating Sloane Stephens and Coco Vandeweghe on her way to the title. After a pair of wild-card US Open appearances in 2008-09, she was a fixture on the Pro Circuit and reached a career-high ranking of No. 182 in 2012 before stepping away from tennis as she became a mother.ADVERTISEMENT
With the Ashland title, Brodsky surged to the top of the standings in the US Open Wild Card Challenge and now holds an enviable lead with just two weeks remaining in the contest.
Manasse took out No. 8 Mayo Hibi in the opening round before winning three consecutive three-setters to book her place in the final. Her runner-up finish was enough to secure second place in the challenge.
Top-seeded Caroline Dolehide was one of just two seeds to reach the quarterfinals, but both bowed out in the last eight, with Dolehide withdrawing before her quarterfinal match and Hibino retiring early in the first set against Brodsky.
Sanaz Mirand was also a quarterfinalist in the event, thanks to a three-set, second-round upset of No. 4 Kristie Ahn.
Mirand also reached the doubles final in Kentucky, as she teamed with Whitney Osuigwe and fell just short of the title in a third-set super tiebreak.
At the $15,000 event in Evansville, Ill., there was a second all-American final, this one between Elysia Bolton and Connie Ma. Bolton won the title with a 6-3, 4-6, 6-3 victory, but Ma claimed the doubles crown at the event with partner Gianna Pielet, defeating Meghan Kelley and Bianca Moldovan in yet another all-U.S. final.
Savannah Broadus and Pamela Montez reached the semifinals in the singles draw, while Alexa Graham, Niluka Madurawe and Peyton Stearns reached the quarterfinals.
Other notable results for Americans on the USTA and ITF Pro Circuits last week include:
- Alex Sarkissian was a singles quarterfinalist, while JC Aragone and Alex Lawson reached the doubles final at the $100,000 ATP Challenger event in Granby, Canada.
- Harrison Adams and Sebastian Korda reached the semifinals at the $25,000 USTA Futures event in Champaign, Ill. Zeke Clark and John McNally were quarterfinalists at the event, while Martin Joyce was a doubles champion. Charlie Emhardt and Alfredo Perez finished runners-up in the doubles event.
- Nicholas Hu was a doubles champion at the $25,000 ITF Futures event in Chinese Taipei.
- Jordi Arconada won the singles and doubles champion at the $25,000 ITF Futures event in Manta, Ecuador.
- Maksim Tikhomirov was a singles finalist at the $15,000 ITF Futures event in Telavi, Georgia.
- Matthew Kandath reached the doubles final at the $15,000 ITF Futures event in Trnava, Slovakia.
- Katerina Stewart was a singles quarterfinalist at the $80,000 ITF Pro Circuit event in Prague, Czech Republic.
- Usue Arconada was a singles quarterfinalist at the $60,000 ITF Pro Circuit event in Granby, Canada.
- Chiara Scholl was a singles quarterfinalist at the $25,000 ITF Pro Circuit event in Horb, Germany.
- Jessica Ho was a singles semifinalist at the $15,000 ITF Pro Circuit event in Tien-Mu, Taipei.
- Stephanie Nemtsova reached the singles quarterfinals at the $15,000 ITF Pro Circuit event in Sandelfjord, Norway.
- Kate Fahey and Chiara Lommer won the doubles title at the $15,000 ITF Pro Circuit event in Les Contamines-Montjoie, France.
- David Wagner was the singles champion and Bryan Barten reached the singles semifinals in the Quad Open division at the Belgian Open ITF 1 Series event in Brussels. The two also reached the double final as a pair.
- Dana Mathewson was singles quarterfinalist and a doubles champion in the Women’s Open division of the same event.
- Chris Herman was a singles finalst at the Kamloops Legacy Games ITF Futures event in Canada, and he teamed with Jason Keatsingslip to win the doubles title at the event.
(Photo courtesy of Facebook: Mark Hanson)