22 Aug 2012

Brief round-up of Pro Circuit action


NEWS ARTICLE

By  Nick Fishpool

Mari Tanaka (Japan)

A busy week of action on the ITF Pro Circuit last week (w/c 13 August) culminated in the end of a long wait between singles title triumphs for Mari Tanaka. The 25-year old from Japan ran out a 60 62 winner over compatriot Yuuki Tanaka in the final in Istanbul, Turkey to end a run of 19-months since her previous singles title win.

There were also singles titles for two former WTA Top 200 ranked players. Croatia's Jelena Pandzic triumphed in Brcko, Bosnia & Herzegovina, aided by the retirement of her opponent with the Croatian leading 63 4-1 and Laura Siegemund from Germany won her third ITF Pro Circuit singles title with a comfortable 62 61 defeat of American player Caitlin Whoriskey in Ratingen, Germany.

18-year-old Ukrainian player, Kateryna Kozlova took the title at the $50,000 Kazan tournament in Russia. Her 63 63 win over Britain's Tara Moore helped elevate her to a new career high WTA singles ranking of 225. Kozlova also claimed the doubles title in an all-Ukrainian final.

There were plenty of notable performances from the men too with singles title wins for six former ATP Top 200 ranked players. Two of these, Boris Pashanski of Serbia and Danai Udomchoke from Thailand had been ranked within the top 100 earlier in their careers at 55 and 77 respectively.

Ecuador's Emilio Gomez, a 2009 winner in Guayaquil, Ecuador, repeated this past success coming through in three sets against Jose Hernandez from the Dominican Republic. Gomez was one of three players, with Bastian Knittel from Germany and Carlos Gomez-Herrera from Spain, to triumph in both singles and doubles events during the week.

28-year-old Italian player Albero Brizzi made it back-to-back singles title wins with his victory in Izmir, Turkey. A straight sets win secured him the title.

Whilst Juan Lizariturry from Spain, Patrick Ofner from Germany and Spain's Carlos Gomez-Herrera were celebrating winning their first ITF Pro Circuit singles titles, 32-year-old Victor Estrella from the Dominican Republic was racking up his 20th!

For all results visit our dedicated Tournament Round-up section.



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