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Michael Mmoh, Grace Min Crowned Kentucky Bank Champions

Michael Mmoh, Grace Min Crowned Kentucky Bank Champions

Mmoh, Min wins first Kentucky Bank Tennis Championships

 

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Americans Michael Mmoh (USA) and Grace Min (USA) were crowned the champions of the men’s and women’s singles draw on Sunday at the 2017 Kentucky Bank Tennis Championships.

 

It was a story of late breaks in the men’s final. In the first set, John Millman (AUS) broke at four all to take a 5-4 lead and then serve out the first set with a 6-4 scoreline. Mmoh faced eight break points in the set, and saved six of them, but was unable to hold at 4-4 to allow Millman to take the opening set.

 

After the second set was through eight games without a break, Mmoh broke for a 5-4 lead and had the chance to serve out the second set. However, Millman fought back and didn’t allow the break to be consolidated, as he broke back to level the second frame at five all. The second set went into a tiebreak, which Mmoh led 6-0 at the changeover. After wins by Millman in three of the next points, Mmoh served out the seventh point to send the match to a third and decisive set.

 

In the third set, it was 4-3 with Millman serving, before Mmoh got the first break of the set to make it 5-4, before he served out a 6-3 third-set win to capture his first Kentucky Bank Tennis Championship title.

 

In the women’s singles final, it was Sofia Kenin (USA) that got off to the fast start, breaking to start the match and racing out to a quick 3-0 lead in the opening set. However, Min got three different breaks of serve in the final seven games of the set, including the last game of the frame to take the first, 6-4.

 

The second set was all Min, who used four aces, four holds, and two breaks of serve to comfortably preserve her first Kentucky Bank Tennis Championships title. The match lasted just seven minutes over an hour, and gave the seventh-seeded player in the tournament and 23-year-old her first tournament win of the season.

 

Men’s Singles: Final

Michael Mmoh (USA) def. John Millman (AUS) 4-6, 7-6 (3), 6-3

 

Women’s Singles: Final

[7] Grace Min (USA) def. Sofia Kenin (USA) 6-4, 6-1

 

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.

 

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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