With the holidays coming up in less than a week's time, many players are still trying to get themselves the perfect gift on the ITF Pro Circuit this holiday season - more ranking points. The tennis never stops! This week, there were twelve tournaments being played across three different continents.
Kanepi, Jorovic, Haas Capture Titles
The biggest story of the week came out of the $25,000 event in Bangkok where top seed and former world number 15 Kaia Kanepi defeated qualifier and former world number 7 Patty Schnyder 6-3, 6-3 to capture her first title of the season. Kanepi, a five-time Grand Slam quarter finalist, has been trying to come back from several injuries to her heel and Achilles. The 30-year-old is on course for a successful comeback but she still needs to earn more ranking points in order to elevate her ranking from a current world number 125 position. It was also a great week for Schnyder, who returned to professional tennis after retiring in 2011, given that she fought through two rounds of qualifying and four rounds of main draw play to earn a berth in the showpiece.
Other winners this week included Serbia's Ivana Jorovic, who won the $50,000 title in Ankara, Turkey, beating number two seed and Turkish native Cagla Buyukakcay 7-6(3), 3-6, 6-2 in Saturday's final. The 18-year-old has had a solid year on the ITF Pro Circuit, winning two titles and reaching a career high of world number 219 in the world.
Elsewhere, Austria's Barbara Haas was victorious in Navi Mumbai, India, defeating Aryna Sabalenka 7-6(2), 7-6(6) to win her third ITF singles title of 2015, while Switzerland's Conny Perrin edged out Tadeja Majeric 3-6, 6-4, 7-6(6) in Lagos, Nigeria.
In Hong Kong, the United States' Tori Kinard was forced to retire four games into the decider of her final against Haruka Kaji; the Japanese winning the title 6-1, 3-6, 2-2, retirement.
Bangoura Wins $15,000 Title in Santo Domingo
On the men's side, the United States' very own Sekou Bangoura came from a set down to outlast Facundo Mena, winning the $15,000 title in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic with a 6-7(6), 6-3, 6-2 victory. Elsewhere, the Netherlands' Antal van Der Duim got the better of Takanyi Garanganga, winning the match 6-3, 7-6(0) to capture the $15,000 title in Lagos.
Meanwhile, Argentina's Maximiliano Estevez defeated his compatriot Matias Zukas 6-4, 6-2 to capture the $10,000 title in Puerto Montt, Chile, and Belgium's Joris de Loore defeated Luke Bambridge 6-3, 6-3 to win the $10,000 event held in Doha, Qatar.
A Look at Next Week on the ITF Pro Circuit
Next week, there will only be one tournament on the men's calendar and four on the women's due to the upcoming winter holidays. These tournaments will all be played in the South Eastern and Western Asian cities of Hong Kong, Bangkok and Pune or the Middle Eastern city of Antalya.