Pro Circuit Round-Up: Big week for
Mmoh, Min, Stewart
Sally Milano | August 7, 2017
Michael Mmoh and Grace Min captured singles titles Sunday at the Kentucky Bank Tennis Championships in Lexington, Ky.
Mmoh (pictured above), seeded fourth, edged No. 3 John Millman, 4-6, 7-6 (3), 6-3, in the men's final to win his second career USTA Pro Circuit Challenger title, while Min, seeded seventh, defeated No. 2 seed and women's US Open Wild Card Challenge winner Sofia Kenin, 6-4, 6-1, for the women's title.
Mmoh, a 19-year-old from Bradenton, Fla., won his first Challenger title last fall at the $50,000 event in Knoxville, Tenn. He made his Grand Slam main-draw debut at the US Open last year, receiving a wild card for winning the USTA Boys' 18s National Championships, and also competed in the Australian Open main draw in January after winning the USTA Pro Circuit's 2017 Australian Open Wild Card Challenge. ADVERTISEMENT
With his victory in Lexington, Mmoh moves up to a career-high No. 144 in the ATP rankings and into second place behind Tommy Paul in the men's US Open Wild Card Challenge. Paul is currently in first place with 176 points, followed by Mmoh, who has 94.
Min, 23, and from Atlanta/Orlando, Fla., dropped just one set en route to the women's title, in her semifinal match against Vera Lapko of Belarus – a 6-4, 3-6, 7-6 (2) win in a third-set tiebreak. With the victory in Lexington, the 2011 US Open girls' champion picked up her ninth USTA Pro Circuit singles title and her first at this level since winning the $50,000 event in Dothan, Ala., in 2014.
In other USTA Pro Circuit action, qualifier Katerina Stewart won the singles title at the 2017 Ft. Worth Women's Pro Tennis Classic in Fort Worth, Texas, defeating Emiliana Arango of Colombia, 6-4, 6-1, for the title. Stewart lost only 19 games total in her five matches, a dominant performance that included a 6-2, 6-0 semifinal upset over top seed Miharu Imanishi.
Other American highlights from USTA and ITF Pro Circuit events last week include:
- In addition to Mmoh's title run in Lexington, Raymond Sarmiento reached the singles semifinals and Denis Kudla and Daniel Nguyen reached the quarterfinals at the tournament. On the women's side, besides Min and Kenin's finals appearances, Emina Bektas reached the singles semifinals, and Amanda Anisimova and Robin Anderson advanced to the quarterfinals.
- Cameron Silverman had the best singles result of any American competing at the $25,000 event in Decatur, Ill., reaching the semifinals. Nathaniel Lammons won the doubles title at the event.
- Hunter Reese reached the doubles final at the $25,000 ITF Pro Circuit event in Pitesti, Romania.
- Elliott Orkin advanced to the singles semifinals at the $15,000 ITF Pro Circuit event in Nonthaburi, Thailand.
- Nick Chappell finished runner-up in doubles at the $15,000 ITF Pro Circuit event in Casablanca, Morocco.
- Lauren Albanese reached the singles quarterfinals in Fort Worth.
- Chiara Scholl was a singles finalist at the $25,000 ITF Pro Circuit event in Bad Saulgau, Germany.
- Quinn Gleason won the doubles title at $25,000 ITF Pro Circuit event in El Espinar, Spain.