October 31st, 2019

Florida’s Kiick, Stewart Win ITF/USTA Pro Circuit Tennis Titles

General News Pro Tennis

Orlando’s Allie Kiick and Coral Gables’ Katerina Stewart were Florida winners of ITF/USTA Pro Circuit over the weekend, with Stewart claiming the largest title of her career.

Stewart beat fellow American Shelby Rogers 6-7(2), 6-3, 6-2 in the final of the $80,000 USTA Pro Circuit event in Macon, Ga. The 22-year-old was an unseeded wild card entrant and won after overcoming a rocky start to the week.

In the first round she defeated American Hanna Chang after losing the first set 6-0, and in the second round she needed three sets to defeat No. 7 seed Caroline Dolehide from the U.S.

The all-American semifinals saw Stewart defeat Danielle Lao 6-3, 6-0, and Rogers beat Grace Min 6-4, 6-2.

Stewart’s win puts her in the early lead in the Australian Open Wild Card Challenge, which offers a wild card to the points winner in a series of ITF/USTA Pro Circuit events. Stewart at this time though says she has no plans to play any further events in the challenge.

Stewart is a former USTA Girls’ 16s national champion and served a brief military stint in the United States Army at West Point before an NCAA rules miscommunication prevented her from playing college tennis for Army.

She also suffered a herniated disk following a car accident that kept her out of action from last September until this May. Stewart in now 11-3 in career ITF/USTA Pro Circuit finals and has won her last six in a row dating to 2015. Rogers is now 5-4 in ITF finals, and 1-1 in 2019 after in September defeating CoCo Vandeweghe in the final in Templeton, Calif.

Orlando’s Kiick was also a title winner last Sunday, raising the trophy at the  ITF World Tennis Tour Women’s $25,000 in Cucuta, Colombia.

The top-seeded Kiick in the final defeated No. 2 Conny Perrin of Switzerland 6-2, 6-2.

Failing to drop a set throughout the week, Kiick in the semifinals defeated No. 7 seed Cindy Burger of the Netherlands 7-5, 6-0. Perrin in her semifinal beat unseeded Colombian Emiliana Arango 6-3, 7-6(5).

Kiick improved to 7-4 in career ITF/USTA Pro Circuit finals, and 2-0 in 2019 after winning a $60,000 title in Barcelona, Spain in June. The 28-year-old Perrin fell to 12-13 in career ITF finals.

The Orlando resident is coached by 46-year-old former player Lisa Raymond who announced she will make a doubles comeback in 2020 and has already competed in tournaments this year with Kiick.

For more info on ITF and USTA Pro Circuit events go to www.usta.com.

Views and opinions expressed by others does not reflect the views and opinions of USTA Florida or affiliated companies. By posting your comments you agree to accept our terms of use.