Pro Circuit Round-up:
Kenin defeats Gibbs in all-U.S. final
Arthur Kapetanakis | July 23, 2018
Top-seeded Sofia Kenin dominated the $60,000 USTA Pro Circuit event in Berkeley, Calif., winning all 10 sets she played on her way to the title on the West Coast hard courts. It is the Moscow-born American’s fourth career ITF title and her first of 2018.
Coming off a second-round appearance at her first Wimbledon, where she defeated Maria Sakkari of Greece in the opening round, the 19-year-old carried that form back to the U.S. and turned in a nearly flawless display that culminated in a 6-0, 6-4 final victory over Nicole Gibbs.
Gibbs, the No. 2 seed, moves into a tie with Jessica Pegula atop the US Open Wild Card Challenge standings with her runner-up finish.
Kenin, currently ranked No. 65 on the WTA Tour, has already received a direct entry into the US Open and is not up for the USTA wild card.
She has climbed nearly 50 spots in the WTA rankings since the start of 2018. At the 2017 US Open, she had the best Grand Slam performance of her career, reaching the third round before falling to Maria Sharapova.
The Florida resident was pushed to a pair of tiebreaks during her title run, against Emina Bektas in the second round and No. 3 Nao Hibino in the semifinals. In the other half of the draw, Gibbs dropped just 19 games in eight sets, as she cruised to the final before falling victim to a red-hot Kenin.
Unseeded Ashley Kratzer, who defeated No. 4 Kristie Ahn in a three-set, all-American quarterfinal, was a third U.S. semifinalist, while Francesca Di Lorenzo and Jamie Loeb also reached the last eight.
In the doubles event, Gibbs went one better than her singles effort by teaming with Asia Muhammad to win the title. The American duo won all eight sets they played in the tournament and closed the week by knocking off the top-seeded pairing of Sabrina Santamaria and Ellen Perez, 6-4, 6-1, in the championship match.
In men's play, at the $25,000 USTA Pro Circuit Futures event in Iowa City, Iowa, No. 3 seed Collin Altamirano and unseeded Alexander Brown reached opposite semifinals as the last Americans standing in the singles draw.
Alec Adamson and Nick Chappell represented Team USA in the doubles event, as the No. 4 seeds won a third-set super tiebreak against American Felix Corwin and Slovenian Matic Spec to claim the title. Chappell was also a singles quarterfinalist.
The Iowa event was not linked to the US Open Wild Card Challenge. Bradley Klahn surged ahead of Altamirano in the standings after Week 2 by winning the $75,000 Challenger event in Gatineau, Canada.
Other notable results from Americans on the ITF Circuit include:
- Ernesto Escobedo reached the singles quarterfinals at the $75,000 ATP Challenger event in Gatineau, Canada, while Robert Galloway was a doubles champion.
- Mitchell McDaniels was a singles quarterfinalist at the $25,000 ITF Futures event in Kunshan, China.
- Michael Zhu reached both the singles and doubles finals at the $25,000 ITF Futures event in Taipei, while Nicholas Hu reached the singles quarterfinals.
- Jeremy Sonkin was a singles semifinalist at the $15,000 ITF Futures event in Knokke, Belgium.
- JP Fruttero won the doubles title at the $15,000 ITF Futures event in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
- Ellie Halbauer was a singles semifinalst at the $25,000 ITF Pro Circuit event in Gatineau, Canada.
- Kate Fahey won the singles title at the $15,000 ITF Pro Circuit event in Dijon, France.
- David Wagner was a singles and doubles champion in the quad open division at the British Open ITF Super Series in Nottingham, U.K., teaming with Bryan Berten for the doubles crown.
- Dana Mathewson was a singles quarterfinalist in the women's open division at the same Nottingham event.
- Casey Ratzlaff was a singles and doubles champion in the men's open division at the Vancouver International ITF Futures event in Vancouver, B.C. Chris Herman fell to Ratzlaff in the singles final but teamed with his compatriot for the doubles crown.
- Joanna Nieh was a singles and doubles finalist in the women's open at the same Vancouver event.