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Doubles Champs Crowned, Singles Finals Set at Kentucky Bank

Doubles Champs Crowned, Singles Finals Set at Kentucky Bank

Millman and Mmoh to play for men’s title on Sunday


LEXINGTON, Ky. – The singles final is set, and the doubles champions were crowned at the 2017 Kentucky Bank Tennis Championships on Saturday afternoon.


In the doubles finals, Alex Bolt/Max Purcell (AUS) defeated Tom Jomby (FRA)/Eric Quigley (USA) 7-5, 6-4 in two sets as Bolt and Purcell broke in the last game of both sets to win the match. On the women’s side, second-seeded Priscilla Hob (AUS)/Vera Lapko (BLR) upset top-seeded Hiroko Kuwata (JPN)/Valeria Savinykh (RUS) 6-3, 6-4 to win their third doubles title together this summer.


In the men’s singles main draw, third-seeded John Millman (AUS) breezed through his fellow Kiwi Cameron Norrie (AUS), 6-1, 6-1 in the first semifinal of the day. Millman looked spectacular on court all day, moving extremely well and serving at a high rate, as he closed out the semifinal win in just under an hour and 2 minutes. Millman served at 77 percent in the match and only faced four break points all match. Millman won the 2015 Kentucky Bank Tennis Championships.


In the other semifinal, Michael Mmoh (USA) rallied from a second-set loss to win the third set over Raymond Sarmiento (USA) 6-2 in the third. The match was tight all the way, with the opening set decided by a tiebreak, it which Mmoh led 6-0 at one point – but a Sarmiento rally put the lead at 6-4 before Mmoh served out the opening frame. In the second set, Sarmiento got two breaks of serve – but couldn’t hold on in the third as Mmoh booked his spot in the finals on Sunday with a 7-6 (4), 1-6, 6-2 win in an hour and 56 minutes.


On the women’s side, US Open Wild Card Challenge winner Sofia Kenin (USA) moved into the finals with a 7-5, 6-3 result over Emina Bektas, breaking at five all in the first set and then breaking twice in the second set. The final will consist of Kenin and [7] Grace Min (USA), who wrapped up a spot in the finals with a three-set thrilling win over Vera Kapko (BLR). The third set went into a tiebreak after both players had break chances to win the match before six games all, but Min served out a 7-2 tiebreak win.


Both singles and doubles finals will start at 1 p.m. ET on Sunday afternoon.


Men’s Singles: Quarterfinals

[3] John Millman (AUS) def. Cameron Norrie (GBR) 6-1, 6-1

[4] Michael Mmoh (USA) def. Raymond Sarmiento (USA) 7-6 (4), 1-6, 6-2


Men’s Doubles: Finals

Alex Bolt/Max Purcell (AUS) def. [PR] Tom Jomby (FRA)/Eric Quigley (USA) 7-5, 6-4


Women’s Singles: Quarterfinals

[7] Grace Min (USA) def. Vera Lapko (BLR) 6-4, 3-6, 7-6 (2)

[2] Sofia Kenin (USA) def. Emina Bektas (USA) 7-5, 6-3


Women’s Doubles: Semifinals

[2] Priscilla Hob (AUS)/Vera Lapko (BLR) def. [1] Hiroko Kuwata (JPN)/Valeria Savinykh (RUS) 6-3, 6-4


Some of the best young tennis players in the world will once again take center stage in Lexington this summer, as the United States Tennis Association’s Pro Circuit comes to town July 31 through Aug. 1 at the Hilary J. Boone Varsity Tennis Center on the University of Kentucky’s campus. The 2017 Kentucky Bank Tennis Championship is a $75,000 challenger for the men, and $60,000 for the women – ranking it as one of the most prestigious prizes along the road to the U.S. Open in Flushing Meadow this summer.


Tickets are available now online at the tournament’s official website, lexingtonchallenger.com – and can be purchased in week-long packages, or single-day increments. Tickets are $10 per day, and $50 for a week-long pass.


The USTA has 94 tournaments throughout the country and prize money ranging from $10,000 to $100,000, the USTA Pro Circuit is the pathway to the US Open and tour-level competition for aspiring tennis players and a frequent battleground for established professionals. On average, more than 1,100 men and women from 79 countries compete on the USTA Pro Circuit annually for more than $3 million in prize money and valuable ATP and WTA Tour ranking points.
For more information contact:
Chris Shoals (cmsh223@uky.edu513-312-2489)

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