It was a battle of USTA National Campus resident trainees when 21-year-old Caroline Dolehide defeated Grace Min 6-2, 6-7(5), 6-0 for the title at the Live to Play (LPT) ITF World Tennis Tour $60K event last weekend in Charleston, S.C.
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“It was a little windy. I made more errors,” said Dolehide about a slump that saw her go down 0-5 in the second set, speaking to the Post-Courier. “I had to come out firing in the third set. I played some really good tennis in the third set.”
The No. 2 seed, Dolehide was dominant en route to the final, failing to drop a set and recording two bagel sets.
The unseeded 25-year-old Min, who entered the event at No. 368 on the WTA rankings, had a more difficult time. In the second round she ousted No. 4 seed Hailey Baptiste in three sets, and in the semifinals she beat fellow unseeded American Elizabeth Halbauer in three.
Climbing back toward her career-high ranking of No. 102 gained last summer, after the Charleston title Dolehide rose to No. 162 on the WTA rankings.
Dolehide improved to 6-2 in career USTA Pro Circuit/ITF finals, adding to titles this year at Indian Harbour Beach, Fla., in April, and Concord, Mass., in August. She hss won her last four finals dating to July 2017.
Min fell to 11-9 in career USTA Pro Ciruit/ITF finals. In her only other final appearance this year she raised the trophy in July in Evansville, Ind.
The doubles final was won by American Ingrid Neel and Kazakh Anna Danilina. As the top seeds they defeated the No. 4-seeded team of American Caitlin Whoriskey and Montenegro’s Vladica Babic 6-1, 6-1.
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