Danielle Collins won the all-Florida final of the Sooner Open on Sunday, the $25,000 USTA Pro Circuit event in Norman, Okla., when the St. Petersburg resident defeated Hollywood’s Sachia Vickery 1-6, 6-3, 6-4 in the championship match.
For the No. 3-seeded Collins it was her second USTA Pro Circuit title of 2017 in her fifth final. She did not drop a set en route to the final, in the semifinals upending top-seeded and fellow Floridian Sofia Kenin 6-1, 6-2.
The No. 2-seeded Vickery was appearing in her second USTA Pro Circuit final of the year and was looking to add another trophy after winning at Templeton, Calif., in October. The 22 year old dropped to 3-2 in career pro circuit finals. Vickery had to claw her way to the championship match, in the first round, quarterfinals and semifinals dropping the first set before claiming victory.
Vickery at No. 120 is near her high No. 108 ranking achieved in 2015.
At No. 177 on the WTA rankings, the 23-year-old Collins will wrap her first full year on tour with a Top 200 finish after in 2016 graduating from the University of Virginia where she won two NCAA singles titles.
Former Duke player and Pompano Beach resident Chiara Scholl won the doubles title as a qualifier. Scholl and partner Tamaryn Hendler of Belgium in the final upset top-seeded Americans Maria Sanchez and Caitlin Whoriskey 3-6, 6-3, 10-7.