Pro Circuit Round-up:
Brooksby, Chang win in California
Arthur Kapetanakis | March 18, 2019
On the same day Bianca Andreescu made history in Indian Wells, Calif., by becoming the first-ever wild-card champion at the BNP Paribas Open, another 18-year-old wild card scored his first career ITF title, also in the Golden State.
California native Jenson Brooksby took home the trophy at the ITF World Tennis Tour M25 event in Bakersfield, dropping just one set in his five matches on the week. His title path went through No. 7 seed Sekou Bangoura in the semifinals and No. 2 Aleksandar Vukic in the championship match, with a 6-3, 6-1 final decision wrapping up a dominant week on the outdoor hard courts.
The Sacramento-born Brooksby faced his biggest challenge in Round 2, against fellow American Alexander Ritschard. Ritschard, who took out top seed Ryan Shane in the first round, pushed the eventual champion to the limit in the tightest match of the tournament, a 6-7, 7-5, 7-6 battle that ended, 7-5, in the decisive tiebreak.ADVERTISEMENT
Brooksby had previously reached a pair of $25,000 semifinals, one each in 2018 and 2019. He wrapped up his junior career in 2018, reaching a career high of No. 54 in the ITF World Junior Rankings behind an Easter Bowl title and a run to the US Open boys’ singles quarterfinals.
In the Bakersfield doubles event, Martin Redlicki and Evan Zhu defeated Ian Dempster and Jacob Dunbar, 6-1, 3-6, [10-7], in an all-American final.
Even closer to Indian Wells, in Arcadia, Calif., another USTA Pro Circuit event featured both M15 and W15 competition. In the women’s singles draw, which featured 24 Americans, Team USA provided all eight quarterfinalists. Top seed Hanna Chang took the title, denying Elizabeth Mandlik back-to-back W15 Pro Circuit titles, with a 7-5, 6-1 final victory. Chang knocked off No. 3 Pamela Montez in a three-set semifinal, while Mandlik dismissed Natasha Subhash to reach her second final in two weeks. Allie Will, Savannah Broadus, Sarah Lee and Hurricane Tyra Black all reached the quarterfinals.
Lee and Brynn Boren took the women's doubles crown, knocking off Montez and Madison Westby, 6-2, 6-4, to win the title as the No. 3 seeds.
In the men’s singles event, qualifier Grey Hamilton knocked off top seed Gonzalo Lama to reach the final, where he was turned back by No. 9 Antoine Bellier, of Switzerland. Emilio Nava, the Australian Open boys’ singles and doubles finalist, reached the semis, while Connor Farren and Vasil Kirkov reached the last eight.
Other notable American results on the WTA, ATP and ITF circuits include:
- Maria Sanchez was the doubles champion at the Abierto Zapopan WTA 125K Series event in Guadalajara, Mexico.
- Louisa Chirico was a singles champion at the ITF World Tennis Tour W25 event in Sao Paulo, Brazil, where Ellie Halbauer was a singles quarterfinalist.
- Quinn Gleason was a singles semifinalist at the W25 event in Nishi-Tama, Japan, where Emina Bektas reached the doubles final.
- Lea Ma and Dasha Ivanova were singles quarterfinalists at the ITF World Tennis Tour W15 event in Arcadia, Calif., where Ivanova also reached the doubles final.
- Austin Krajicek was a doubles finalist at the ATP Challenger 125 event in Phoenix.
- Michael Redlicki was a singles semifinalist at the ATP Challenger 80 event in Drummondville, Canada.
- Henry Craig and Paul Oosterbaan were both singles quarterfinalists at the ITF World Tennis Tour M15 event in Portimao, Portugal.
- Harrison Adams reached the singles quarterfinals at the ITF World Tennis Tour M15 event in Cancun, Mexico.
- Sebastian Korda was a singles semifinalist at the ITF World Tennis Tour M15 event in Antalya, Turkey.
- Shelby Baron was a doubles finalist in the women’s open division at the ITF Georgia Open Wheelchair Championships, an ITF 1 Series event. In the quad open division, David Wagner was the singles and doubles champ, teaming with Nick Taylor.