Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Klahn, continuing comeback, ends title drought

Bradley Klahn (Stanford, 2009-12), playing in the San
Francisco Challenger in February, won a Challenger title
for the first time in almost four years on Sunday. Photo
by Paul Bauman 
   Bradley Klahn (Stanford, 2009-12), continuing his comeback from a second back operation, won his first Challenger title in almost four years on Sunday.
   The fifth-seeded Klahn, a 27-year-old product of Poway in the San Diego area, beat unseeded Ugo Humbert, 20, of France 6-3, 7-6 (5) in a matchup of left-handers in the final of the $75,000 Gatineau (Canada) Challenger.
   Klahn, who was coming off a second-round appearance at Wimbledon as a qualifier, won his sixth career Challenger singles title. The first came in Aptos, on the Pacific Ocean 53 miles (85 kilometers) south of Stanford, in 2013.
   Klahn jumped 21 places to No. 122 in the world rankings. He reached a career-high No. 63 in 2014.
   Humbert, only 5-foot-9 (1.75 meters) and 151 pounds (68 kilograms), soared 38 spots to a career-high No. 219 following his first Challenger singles final.
   Klahn also won the Gatineau doubles title for the second consecutive year, this time with Robert Galloway of Greenville, S.C. Seeded second, they edged fourth-seeded Darian King of Barbados and Peter Polansky of Canada 7-6 (4), 4-6 [10-8]. Klahn has won seven Challenger doubles titles in his career.
   Klahn is not on the acceptance list for this year's $100,000 Nordic Naturals Challenger in Aptos, Aug. 6-12 at the Seascape Sports Club. But Dennis Novikov, a 24-year-old San Jose product, is.
   Futures Circuit in Iowa City, Iowa -- Fourth-seeded Alec Adamson (UC Davis, 2013-17) and Nick Chappell of the United States won the doubles title in the $25,000 Old Capitol Pro Tennis Futures, nipping unseeded Felix Corwin of Elm Grove, Wis., and Matic Spec of Slovenia 2-6, 6-2 [10-6].
   Sixth-seeded Lloyd Glasspool of Great Britain beat top-seeded Evgeny Karlovskiy of Russia 7-6 (2), 7-6 (1) for the singles title.
   Glasspool and Soren Hess-Olesen of the University of Texas won the 2015 NCAA doubles championship. Karlovskiy was coming off the singles crown in the $75,000 Winnetka (Ill.) Challenger.
   Third-seeded Collin Altamirano, 22, of Sacramento reached the semifinals before losing to Karlovskiy. Altamirano advanced to his first Challenger semifinal in Winnetka.

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