Pro Circuit Round-Up:
Clean sweep for Kenin
Sally Milano | July 24, 2017
Eighteen-year-old Sofia Kenin had a big week on the USTA Pro Circuit last week, sweeping both the singles and doubles titles at the University of the Pacific Stockton Challenger in Stockton, Calif.
In singles, Kenin defeated fellow American Ashley Kratzer, 6-0, 6-1, in Sunday's final to capture the third USTA Pro Circuit singles title of her young career. The 2015 US Open girls' finalist dropped just one set on her run to the title – a 6-3- 6-7 (5), 6-1 win over Ohio State junior Francesca Di Lorenzo in the quarterfinals – and has now reached the semifinals or better at five USTA Pro Circuit events this season.
In doubles, Kenin and partner Usue Maitane Arconada upset three seeded teams in their four matches to claim the title. The duo stunned fourth seeds Desirae Krawczyk and Giuliana Olmos, 6-4, 2-6, [10-6], in the quarterfinals, No. ADVERTISEMENT 1 seeds Jamie Loeb and An-Sophie Mestach, 6-1, 6-3, in the semifinals, and No. 3 Tammi Patterson and Chanel Simmonds, 4-6, 6-1, [10-5], in the final.
By winning the Stockton singles title, Kenin earned 80 points to take an early lead in the women's US Open Wild Card Challenge. Kratzer, 18, is in second place with 48 points, and Loeb rounds out the Top 3 after a semifinal finish in Stockton. Kenin won the challenge last year to earn a wild card into the 2016 US Open, where she faced eventual finalist Karolina Pliskova in the first round.
Other American highlights from USTA and ITF Pro Circuits last week include:
- Six of the eight quarterfinalist in Stockton were from the U.S. In addition to Kenin, Kratzer, Loeb and Di Lorenzo, Irina Falconi and 15-year-old Amanda Anisimova reached the quarterfinals.
- Alex Sarkissian moved into a tie for first place with Tommy Paul in the men's US Open Wild Card Challenge after a semifinal performance at the Gatineau Challenger in Gatineau, Canada. Bradley Klahn and Jackson Withrow teamed to win the doubles title in Gatineau, and Marcos Giron reached the singles quarterfinals.
- Brandon Holt and Riley Smith won the doubles title at the $25,000 Futures of Champaign-Urbana, defeating Tomas Stillman and Shane Vinsant in an all-American doubles final. Holt also advanced to the singles semifinals at the tournament.
- Junior Ore and Michael Zhu teamed to capture the doubles title at the ITF Pro Circuit $15,000 Futures event in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt.
- Raleigh Smith won the doubles title and reached the singles final at the ITF Pro Circuit $15,000 Futures in Tanger, Morocco. Nick Chappell finished runner-up in doubles at the tournament.
- Yuki Chiang advanced to the doubles final at the ITF Pro Circuit $25,000 event in Aschaffenburg, Germany.
- Quinn Gleason won the doubles title and reached the singles quarterfinals at the ITF Pro Circuit $15,000 event in Brussels, Belgium.