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Min Wins Innisbrook USTA Pro Circuit; Community Event Pics

March 25, 2014 09:42 AM
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Left center: champion Grace Min and finalist Nicole Gibbs with ball boys and girls  
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From left: Innisbrook Director of Tennis Pam Collins, doubles finalists Allie Kiick and Sachia Vickery, doubles champions Julia Cohen and Gioia Barbieri, and USTA Tournament Director Rhett Rollyson  

Teenager Grace Min captured the singles championship in the All-American final of the $25,000 Innisbrook Women's Open, a USTA Pro Circuit event in Innisbrook, Fla., defeating former NCAA champion Nicole Gibbs 7-5, 6-0. It was the second Innisbrook title for Min, who also won in 2012.

Min found herself down a break at 4-3 in the first set before reeling off 9 of the next 11 games to claim the championship at the Innisbrook Tennis Center.

Unseeded and ranked No. 183 entering the event, Min en route to the final defeated Serb No. 4 seed Jovana Jaksic, Mexican qualifier Alejandra Cisneros 6-0 in the third set, Florida wildcard Katerina Stewart, and in the semifinals Italian qualifier Gioia Barbieri.

The Georgia native Min is a former US Open junior title winner and No. 4-ranked junior in the world, while Gibbs won consecutive NCAA titles while at Stanford.

The doubles title was won by the unseeded team of Gioia Barbieri of Italy and Julia Cohen of Miami, who defeated the all-Florida wildcard team of Allie Kiick and Sachia Vickery 7-6(5), 6-0 in the final.

During the women's USTA Pro Circuit event the community came out to enjoy a World Team Tennis event, a Masters Tennis Demo and more. Masters Tennis is the new 60-foot short-court option played within a full-size 78-foot tennis court for a wide array of players -- veterans looking to get back in the game after injuries, players who can no longer cover a full court, or adults newer to the game looking for a fun challenge.

For more info on the USTA Pro Circuit go to www.usta.com.

Check out a photo album wrap-up of community events below.

 
 

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