Sunday, November 2, 2014

POLL: Best USA result, week of Oct. 27, 2014

A pretty decent week for USA players, outside of the signature singles tournament in Paris. Sam Querrey, Jack Sock, and Donald Young all qualified and the first two reached the second round, only to lose to Feliciano Lopez and eventual finalist Milos Raonic, respectively. John Isner lost his first match to Gael Monfils.

However, there was plenty of other success. Notably, all of the candidates played college tennis, including all three of the women!

  • The Brilliant Brothers Bryan stampeded to their record sixth Masters Series 1000 title of the year, dropping just one set, in the final. It was their ninth title of 2014 and mind-boggling 102nd as a team.
  • In Traralgon, Australia, Bradley Klahn reached his first semifinal since February, and then went on to win the Challenger tournament. It was a huge win for the Stanford product, who was defending finalist points.
  • Jarmere Jenkins came up short in the Traralgon final to his countrymate, but his run to the final extended his winning streak on this Australia trip to 14 (taking out #1 seed Soeda to boot). He also got to the final in doubles with Mitchell Krueger, losing in a supertiebreak. 
  • Maria Sanchez had a great week at the Toronto $50K, beating top seed Taylor Townsend and reaching her biggest singles final in years and even holding championship point in the 3rd set tiebreak vs Dabrowski. She and her doubles partner Townsend, however, defeated Dabrowski and Tatjana Maria in the final, 15-13 in the supertiebreak.
  • Irina Falconi got an unforgettable win at the New Braunfels $50K, her first singles title since 2010, which pushed her to the top of the USTA Pro Circuit Australian Open Wild Card Challenge standings.
  • And we can't forget Jennifer Brady, who opened a lot of eyes with her run to the New Braunfels final without dropping a set. The Bruin showcased some powerful groundies along the way, and out of nowhere made herself one of three possible winners of the USTAPCAOWCC as we head to Captiva Island for the final event. 
Honorable mentions go to New Braunfels doubles finalists Alexa Glatch and Bernarda Pera, both of whom had nice wins in singles, too. Krueger reached his second career doubles challenger final. Alex Kuznetsov and Denis Kudla reached the semis in Charlottesville, thrusting themselves into the early lead in the men's USTAPCAOWCC. And Townsend won the Toronto doubles title AND reached the singles semifinal, putting herself within dropshot distance of the Top 100.

So vote. VOTE! And if your choice isn't in the poll, put it in the comments.

What was the best USA result for week of Oct. 27 2014?

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