Team USA in Review:
Pat Mitsch | September 4, 2018
For Allie Kiick and Bradley Klahn, careers that were once derailed righted themselves in August, as the former junior standout Kiick and former NCAA champion Klahn earned Team USA Player of the Month honors.
Kiick, a former junior star out of South Florida who has overcome skin cancer and multiple knee surgeries, produced her best professional result to date in qualifying for and reaching the quarterfinals at the WTA International Citi Open in Washington, D.C., to help her ascend back to No. 164 in the rankings.
Klahn, the 2010 NCAA singles champion at Stanford who once contemplated retirement while on the mend from multiple back surgeries between 2014 and 2015, earned a main-draw wild card into the US Open by winning the singles title at the $75,000 Challenger in Gatineau, Canada, then qualifying and defeating former world No. ADVERTISEMENT 3 David Ferrer in the first round of the ATP Masters 1000 Rogers Cup in Toronto.
Further Tour-level highlights from Americans in August:
- Sloane Stephens reached the finals of the US Open Series’ Rogers Cup in Montreal, defeating Elina Svitolina in the semis before falling to French Open champion and world No. 1 Simona Halep in the final.
- Steve Johnson reached his third ATP final of 2018 at the US Open Series’ Winston-Salem Open, an ATP 250 event, before falling to Russian Daniil Medvedev in the championship.
- Two-time NCAA champion Danielle Collins reached her second WTA semifinal of 2018 at the US Open Series’ Mubadala Silicon Valley Classic, a WTA Premier event in San Jose.
- Denis Kudla reached the quarterfinals of the Citi Open, an ATP 500 event in Washington, D.C.
Challenger- and Pro Circuit-level highlights:
- Asia Muhammad defeated fellow American Ann Li to win her second pro singles title of 2018, at the $60,000 USTA Pro Circuit event in Lexington, Ky., and clinch the US Open Wild Card Challenge, earning a wild-card entry into the main draw of the US Open.
- Madison Brengle won her second pro singles title of 2018, outlasting fellow American Kristie Ahn to win the USTA Pro Circuit $60,000 event in Landisville, Pa.
- Former Arizona State Sun Devil Desirae Krawczyk won her third doubles title of the year, at the $100,000 event in Vancouver.
- Former UNC Tar Heel Ronnie Schneider won his first singles and third doubles titles of the year, at the $25,000 Futures in Nonthaburi, Thailand.
- Former Florida Gator Sekou Bangoura won his third pro singles title of 2018, at the $25,000 USTA Pro Circuit Futures in Boston.
- Maria Mateas defeated fellow American Robin Anderson to win the $25,000 USTA Pro Circuit event in Fort Worth, Texas.
- Australian Open junior champion Sebastian Korda reached the singles final at the $25,000 USTA Pro Circuit futures in Edwardsville, Ill.
- Players to win $25,000 doubles titles: NCAA doubles champions at UCLA Martin Redlicki and Evan Zhu (Boston); Martin Joyce (Decatur, Ill.); Jordi Arconada (Portoviejo, Ecuador).
- Players to win $15,000 doubles titles: Natalie Suk (Bucharest, Romania); Conor Berg (Minsk, Belarus); Stephanie Nemtsova (Santa Tecla, El Salvador).