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Tennis Briefs(2): Stewart Wins USTA Pro Circuit; ITA Summer Circuit

June 23, 2014 09:48 AM
Stewart Wins All-Florida USTA Pro Circuit Delaware Final
Stewart (right) after winning the Girls' 18s division at the USTA Florida 'Bobby Curtis' Junior State Championships earlier this month

No. 7-seeded teen Katerina Stewart of Coral Gables, Fla., defeated unseeded Josie Kuhlman of Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., 6-0, 6-3 on Sunday in the final of the USTA Pro Circuit $10,000 tournament in Bethany Beach, Del.

Stewart did not drop a set during the tournament, and lost only four games in the semifinals and finals combined.

It was Stewart's second USTA Pro Circuit title of the year and third final after winning in Orlando and finishing runner-up in Gainesville.

Kuhlman en route to the final upset top-seeded Alexandra Mueller in the opening round and did not meet another seeded player until the final.

Stewart and fellow American Rima Asatrian, a wildcard doubles team entry, lost in the final 6-4, 6-1 to the top-seeded Mueller and fellow American Lena Litvak.

Earlier this month the 16-year-old Stewart joined the prestigious "Four or More Title Club" after capturing the Girls' 18s title for the second time at the 66th annual USTA Florida 'Bobby Curtis' Junior State Tennis Championships, her fourth overall age group title.

Stewart over the next two months plans to compete at USTA Pro Circuit events before targeting the US Open juniors tournament beginning Aug. 31. Kuhlman, a former protegee of coaches Brian Gottfried and Todd Martin, will this fall head to the University of Florida for her freshman year with the Gators' women's team.

ITA Summer Circuit Events Open to All Players

2014_Summer_Circuit_LogoThe 2014 ITA (Intercollegiate Tennis Association) Summer Circuit, presented by the USTA, offers college players (and open to all players) the opportunity to compete during the July-August months, and to qualify for the USTA/ITA National Summer Championships in Bloomington, Ind., on Aug. 9-12.

Southeast regional events:

July 6-8 -- Florida State University
July 12-14 -- Middle Tennessee State University
July 19-21 -- University of Alabama
July 26-28 -- University of Florida

The entry fee for all Summer Circuit tournaments is $60 (includes singles and doubles), with the exception of the National Clay Court Championships (Mt. Lebanon/Pittsburgh) and the ITA/USTA National Summer Championships which are both $70 (includes singles and doubles).

All tournaments will use a 10-point match tiebreaker for the third set of singles; all doubles will be 8-game pro sets.

For more information go to http://www.itatennis.com/Events/ITA_Summer_Circuit.htm.






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