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Wong, Sandgren Capture First ITF Titles in College Station

April 9, 2007 04:36 PM

Keri Wong of Jackson Miss., and Tennys Sandgren of Gallatin, Tenn., were big winners last week at the Tennis Express USTA ITF Championships in College Station, Texas.

Wong notched impressive results in both singles and doubles. Playing in just the fourth ITF junior event of her career, the 17-year-old right-hander captured the singles championship with a come-from-behind 3-6, 7-5, 6-4 win over No. 9 Jessica Alexander of Texas. She also finished runner-up in doubles with Claire Bartlett of Tennessee, falling in the final to No. 2 seeds Alexander and Kristen Rafael, 6-2, 6-1.

Sandgren, 15, captured his first ITF title with a win in the boys' singles draw. Seeded ninth, the talented right-hander posted one of the biggest upsets of the tournament in the semifinals, upending No. 2 seed Ryan Harrison, 7-6 (6), 6-4. He went on to defeat Isamu Tachibana, 6-2, 6-1, for the championship.

Wong, who was the girls’ 16 Easter Bowl singles champion last year, is now ranked a career-high No. 9 in the USTA girls' 18s. Sandgren is listed at No. 26 in the boys' 16s.




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