Dancevic Wins Eighth Challenger Crown
Frank Dancevic (Philadelphia Freedoms) led the charge for Mylan World TeamTennis players last week after picking up his eighth ATP Challenger title and first on clay.
The 29-year-old Canadian held on for a 6-2, 3-6, 6-2 win over seventh-seed Norbert Gombos in the final of the Kosice Open, a Challenger event on the ATP World Tour. Dancevic won seven matches in eight days as a qualifier in Kosice, Slovakia. As a result, Dancevic moved up 17 spots in the ATP Singles Rankings to No. 106.
Elsewhere, several Mylan WTT players continued to find their footing on grass. In Birmingham, Vicky Duval (Philadelphia Freedoms) reached the main draw of the WTA Premier-level event with two wins in qualifying. In the first round of main draw play, she upset Caroline Garcia, who was seeded No. 13 in the event, for the biggest win of her career since stunning Sam Stosur at the 2013 US Open. In addition, Sloane Stephens (Washington Kastles) reached her second quarterfinal of the year after defeating Italy's Francesca Schiavone and fellow American Alison Riske.
On the doubles court, Liezel Huber (Philadelphia Freedoms) and Darija Jurak (Texas Wild) both reached the quarterfinals in Birmingham. Huber and partner Lisa Raymond defeated Marina Erakovic and Arantxa Parra Santonja before losing to the eventual finalists, Ashleigh Barty and Casey Dellacqua. Jurak and her partner Megan Moulton-Levy (Boston Lobsters) defeated Klara Koukalova and Lucie Safarova 4-6, 6-1, 10-8 before falling in a tough three-set match to the top seeds, Cara Black and Sania Mirza.
On the men's side, Eric Butorac (Boston Lobsters) and Raven Klaasen (San Diego Aviators), Aisam Qureshi (Texas Wild) and Rohan Bopanna and Kevin Anderson (Washington Kastles) and Jonathan Erlich all reached the quarterfinals at The Queen's Club in London.
Photo: Kosice Open