ITF World Tennis Tour – Round-Up CW12

Oliver Crawford and Zane Khan

MUNICH, April 1, 2021 (by Dietmar Kaspar)

M15 Pune IND – Oliver Crawford triumphs 

Oliver Crawford of the United States stopped the winning run of his country mate Zane Khan to win the the title of the $15000 KPIT –MSLTA ITF WTT Cup Men’s tennis championships being organized by MSLTA in association with Deccan Gymkhana.

The No. 4 seed from Spartanburg rallied down Indian No. 6 seed Manish Sureshkumar in the stage of the last four in two sets.

No. 8 seeded Khan, who clinched the trophies of the last two tournaments on Indian soil this month, booked the spot in the all-US-American final by defeating Swedish No. 5 seed Jonathan Mridha in straight sets. 

Twenty-one-year-old Crawford fired eight aces and won 79 per cent of his first-service points in a one-sided championship match to secure a 6-3, 6-0 win after 68 minutes. The former juniors World No. 9 lifted his third singles trophy on the ITF World Tennis Tour.


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It’s been a great week and I had tough matches on the way to the final. It feels great to win the event, which was conducted in tough times. I feel for Zane as he looked very tired but he had three good weeks in India. It’s my first time in India and everything about organisation of this event has been perfect. I would like to come back again”, Crawford said.

The singles winner Crawford earned $2,160 in prize money as well as 10 ATP Ranking points while the runner-up  received $1,272.

M15 Sharm El Sheikh EGY – Yu Hsiou Hsu dominates in Egypt

No. 4 seeded Yu Hsiou Hsu triumphed at the M15 Sharm El Sheikh tournament, hosted by Soho Square, without losing a set the entire week.

The 21-year-old from Chinese Taipei stopped the run of Italian qualifier Marcello Serafini in the stage of the final four in straight sets. 

Left-handed No. 8 seed Makoto Ochi from Japan advanced to the final with a three-set win versus Czech No. 6 seed Marek Gengel.

Changhua-born Hsu capitalized on five of his 16 break-point opportunities in the title match by losing one service game to prevail 6-2, 6-1 in 87 minutes. The former juniors World No. 5, who clinched three doubles trophies at junior Grand Slam events in 2017, celebrated his sixth career title on the ITF World Tennis Tour and his fourth Sharm El Sheikh-title in 2021.

M15 Monastir TUN – Lucas Catarina wins another title on hard court

Lucas Catarina emerged victorious at the Magic Hotel Tours tournament, held at Hotel Skanes Family in Monastir.

The Monegasque battled past Colin Sinclair, who is representing the Northern Mariana Islands, in the semi-finals in three sets.

No. 7 seeded Brazilian Mateus Alves knocked off the tournament’s top favourite Aziz Dougaz from Tunisia in the stage of the last four in three sets.

No. 4 seed Catarina outpointed his rival in the championship match114-105 to claim a 6-7, 7-5, 6-4 victory in three hours and 17 minutes. The 24-year-old, who was a awarded a wild card into the Rolex Monte-Carlo Masters in 2018 and 2019, lifted his eighth singles trophy on the ITF World Tennis Tour, all of them won on hard court. 


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M15 Antalya TUR – Milan Zekic captures back-to-back titles

Serbian veteran Milan Zekic is the champion of the MTA Open Series, hosted by the Club Megasaray in Belek, for the second consecutive week.

The Belgrad native fought through the top half of the draw, beating Dragos Nicolae Madaras from Sweden in the semi-finals in three sets.

No. 2 seeded Daniel Michalski from Poland made the last step to the final with a straight-set win against Ukrainian No. 8 seed Georgii Kravchenko. 

No. 3 seeded Zekic converted three of his 12 break-point chances and lost two service games in the final to prevail 7-6, 6-3 after two hours and 22 minutes. The 32-year-old celebrated his 24th singles title on the ITF World Tennis Tour in addition to his ATP Challenger triumph in Todi 2016.