PRO CIRCUIT ROUND-UP:
Vickery, Schneider claim titles
Sally Milano | October 2, 2017
(Pictured above, left to right: Lance Lee, newly appointed executive director of the SCTA, singles runner-up Ryan Shane, singles champion Robbie Schneider and Tournament Director Hank Lloyd.)
A week after two all-American finals were contested on the USTA Pro Circuit, two more were played again last week, as Sachia Vickery defeated Jamie Loeb at the $60,000 Central Coast Pro Tennis Open in Templeton, Calif., and Ronnie Schneider beat Ryan Shane at the $15,000 Los Cab USTA Men's Futures in Fountain Valley, Calif.
Vickery, a 22-year-old from Miramar, Fla., picked up her third career USTA Pro Circuit singles title Sunday with a 6-1, 6-2 win over 2015 NCAA singles champion Loeb in the Templeton final. The No. 4 seed posted two come-from-behind wins en route to the title, including a 4-6, 7-6 (3), 6-3 upset of top-seeded Viktorija Golubic of Switzerland in the semifinals. ADVERTISEMENT In that match, Vickery not only battled back after dropping the first set but also came back from down 1-3 in the third set to move on to the final.
Vickery came into Templeton after qualifying into the US Open and winning her first-round match. The following week, she reached the quarterfinals at the WTA event in Quebec. She is currently ranked No. 115 in the world. That is just seven spots below her career-high rank of No. 108, which she reached in 2015, the year she won the first two USTA Pro Circuit singles titles of her career at the $25,000 Florida events in Plantation and Sunrise.
Schneider, like Vickery, defeated a former NCAA singles champion Sunday, claiming his first pro singles title with a 5-7, 6-2, 7-6 (1) victory over 2015 NCAA winner Shane in the Fountain Valley final. Schneider dominated at the beginning of the match, coming out to a 5-1 lead before dropping six straight games to lose the first set, 7-5. He recovered in the second set, however, winning 6-2, and then outlasting No. 4 seed Shane in the third-set tiebreak, 7-1.
Schneider, who put an end to Shane's nine-match winning streak, also won his second consecutive doubles title in Fountain Valley, teaming with Elliott Orkin to defeat Martin Redlicki of the U.S. and Karue Sell of Brazil by walkover. Two weeks ago, the 23-year-old Indiana native and recent graduate of the University of North Carolina teamed with Shane to win the doubles championship at the Laguna Niguel Futures.
Schneider graduated from UNC in May with a degree in business administration. He was named the 2017 ITA Senior Player of the Year, earned All-ACC honors for four straight years. He was also named to the All-Atlantic Coast Conference Academic Team during his senior year. In addition, he led the Tar Heels to a record 2016-17 season in which the team won a program-high 29 matches and reached the NCAA Championships final for the first time.
Other American highlights from USTA and ITF Pro Circuit events last week include:
- Tennys Sandgren reached the singles final at the $100,000 Wells Fargo Tiburon Challenger in Tiburon, Calif., while Mackenzie McDonald advanced to the semifinals. Michael Mmoh and Christian Harrison reached the quarterfinals.
- Henry Craig reached the singles semifinals at the Fountain Valley Futures.
- Nathan Pasha was a doubles finalist at the $25,000 ITF Pro Circuit event in Brisbane, Australia.
- Taylor Townsend reached the singles semifinals and Kaitlyn Christian won the doubles title in Templeton.
- Caitlin Whoriskey won the doubles title at the $25,000 USTA Pro Circuit Collegiate Series event in Stillwater, Okla. In singles, Usue Arconado reached the semifinals, and Danielle Collins and Julia Elbaba advanced to the quarterfinals.
- Chloe Beck and Emma Navarro teamed to win the doubles title at the $15,000 USTA Pro Circuit event in Charleston, S.C. In singles, Anastasia Nefedova reached the semifinals, and Navarro and Amanda Rodgers advanced to the quarterfinals.
- Asia Muhammad reached the singles final and Jennifer Elie advanced to the doubles final at the $25,000 ITF Pro Circuit event in Brisbane, Australia.
- Jacqueline Cako reached the singles final at the $25,000 ITF Pro Circuit event in Hua Hin, Thailand.
- Amy Zhu advanced to the doubles final at the $15,000 ITF Pro Circuit event in Hammamet, Tunisia.
- Dasha Ivanova reached the singles quarterfinals at the $15,000 ITF Pro Circuit event in Antalya, Turkey.