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Vale wins SoCal Pro Circuit event in San Diego

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SAN DIEGO, CA, June 13, 2022 (by Damian Secore)

The second week of Circuit SoCal Pro, Jacob Brumm and Kimmi Hance marked the first two championships for local Southern California players of the new six-event ITF World Tennis Tour series.

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A Rancho Santa Fe resident and former Torrey Pines High School standout, Brumm, 23, teamed up with his former Baylor University teammate, Tadeas Paroulekto rally for a 0-6, 6-2, 11-9 triumph over India Siddhant Banthia and that of Japan Yuta Kikuchi in Saturday’s men’s doubles final at the University of San Diego.

The women’s half of Super Saturday for Southern California ended when UCLA rookie and Torrance resident Kimmi Hance, 19 and 24, makenna jonesa University of North Carolina product and 2021 NCAA Division I Women’s Doubles National Champion, combined for their first ITF title by winning the Women’s Doubles Final, 6-3, 6-3, over the Russians Maria Kozyreva and Veronica Miroshnichenko.

Hance earned 15 WTA Tour ranking points and shared $955 in prize money with Jones.

It was the second ITF overall professional doubles title for Brumm, who won in Tunisia with August Holmgren of the University of San Diego in 2021. Brumm, who played the 2021-22 NCAA season at Baylor in as a graduate student after four years of tennis and a degree in astrophysics from California (UC Berkeley), earned 15 ATP Tour ranking points and shared the $930 top prize with Paroulek.

Sunday’s University of San Diego Open singles finals also produced a pair of first-time ITF World Tennis Tour champions in Portugal. Duarte Vale23 years old and China Jiangxue Han20.

In what was the most dramatic final of the weekend, Vale, who captained the University of Florida to a 2021 NCAA Division I National Championship and finished his college career with the Gators in May , completed a three-hour, 45-minute marathon of a game by capitalizing on his fifth match point to beat sixth-seeded and former Arizona State product Scottsdale, Ariz. Nathan Ponwith4-6, 7-6 (7), 7-5.

“It’s amazing. It’s something I’ve wanted to do for quite a while.” said Vale, who does not recall playing a longer best-of-three-sets match in any competition. “I’m so tired… I feel like it couldn’t have been any other way for me. These types of matches always seem to come to me a little too often. I think it’s a very typical game for me to have to win my first professional tournament.

Vale lost the first set and was down 5-2 in the second set, where he eventually fought off five match points to force and win a tiebreaker.

“Dig a big hole in the second (set)…I’m not going to give up. I will try to make it as difficult for him as possible and fight for every point and see what happens. And in the end, when you do that, you give yourself a chance. It takes courage and a bit of luck, and I think I had both today. He fell by my side, but he could have easily passed on.

Han, who will be a second year returning to the USC women’s tennis team next season and has previously competed at junior Wimbledon and junior US Open and won seven ITF junior singles titles, broke through to his first ITF crown on the USTA Pro Tour with a 6-2, 4-6, 6-4 triumph over 18Age Ya Yi Yang from Chinese Taipei.

“Oh my God, I was so nervous. I feel more relieved than happy…the pressure,Han said. “I just fight on the field, I fight for every ball. Fight!”

Vale collected 15 ATP Tour ranking points and $2,160 from the $15,000 purse for her victory, while Ponwith earned eight ATP Tour ranking points and $1,272 in prize money. Han earned 15 WTA Tour ranking points and $2,352 in prize money while Yang notched eight WTA Tour ranking points and collected $1,470.

Monday begins San Diego County’s final stop on the SoCal Pro Circuit at the Barnes Tennis Center in San Diego. The event features men’s and women’s main draws of 32 singles players and 16 doubles teams and is open to the public, with free entry. The doubles finals will take place on Saturday June 18 and the singles finals will follow on Sunday June 19.

The SoCal Pro Circuit will then resume June 27-July 3 at the Jack Kramer Club in Rolling Hills Estates before moving to Los Caballeros Sports Village in Fountain Valley from July 4-10 and ending July 11-17 at the Lakewood Tennis Center in Lakewood. .

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