Sunday, January 28, 2018

Fritz beats Klahn for 150K Newport Beach title

   In an all-Southern California final, third-seeded Taylor Fritz beat unseeded Bradley Klahn (Stanford 2009-12) 3-6, 7-5, 6-0 today to win the $150,000 Oracle Challenger Series Newport Beach (Calif.).
   Both Klahn, a 27-year-old left-hander, and Fritz, 20, were born and raised in the San Diego area and now live in the Los Angeles region.
   Fritz won his fourth Challenger singles title, including back-to-back crowns in Sacramento and Fairfield, Calif., at age 17 in 2015.
   Klahn, a former top-70 player rebounding from his second back operation, sought his sixth Challenger singles title and first since 2014. His initial Challenger crown came in Aptos, an hour drive south of Stanford, in 2013
  In the Oracle women's singles final, U.S. wild card Danielle Collins defeated 18-year-old qualifier Sofya Zhuk of Russia 2-6, 6-4, 6-3.
   Klahn and Collins won three NCAA singles titles combined. Klahn took the 2010 crown, and Virginia's Collins held the 2014 and 2016 trophies. Zhuk won the Wimbledon girls singles title in 2015 at 15.

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