Top 100 player Arantxa Rus lived up to her ranking this week in Orlando, taking the title at the Oracle Pro Series hosted at the USTA National Campus. Her tournament started off shaky, losing the first set of her campaign 6-0, but from there on out the Dutchwoman rolled, not dropping another set to win her ninth ITF title of the year and 24th overall.
In the final, she defeated Romania’s Irina Fetecau 6-3, 6-2 and attributed a small portion of her good play to the great location and atmosphere at the USTA National Campus.
“I really enjoyed my week here, it’s the first time coming to this facility,” she said. “I have heard a lot about it – it has amazing courts and people. The center court was really nice to play on.”
Rus, who has reached a career-high ranking in the top 70, is making her way back to the upper echelons of the game and reached a landmark achievement by playing at the level that won her the Oracle Pro Series title in dominating fashion.
“It’s the end of the season now, and I made my goal for the year to get back in the top 100, so I’m really happy about that.”
On the men’s side, former Duke Blue Devil Nicolas Alvarez did the elusive double-double, capturing both the singles and doubles titles. In Sunday’s singles final, he defeated No.2 seed Pedro Sakamoto 3-6, 6-2, 6-1 to win his fourth ITF title. Just one day previously, he paired with Sakamoto to win the doubles title over the American duo of Charlie Emhardt and Alfredo Perez 7-6(3), 4-6, (10-8).
“It was really a perfect week this week,” said the Peruvian. “Winning singles and doubles is incredible.”
In the women’s doubles final, the American/German pair of Katharine Fahey and Stephanie Wagner took out the No.3 seeds Carolina Alves and Renata Zarazua in another battle – winning 4-6, 6-2, (10-7).
The Oracle Pro Series moves south to Naples this week to round out play for the 2019 season.