LEXINGTON, Ky. – On a hot and humid day in Lexington, the play was even hotter in the championships of the Kentucky Bank Tennis Championships at the Boone Tennis Center on Sunday.
In the women’s final – Asia Muhammad broke at five all in the first set to take a 7-5 win in the opening frame. In the heat, it was a long and tense opening set in which both players got breaks – but Muhammad used the 5-5 break to hold serve and make it a one set to love lead. In the second set, Muhammad got ahead an early break at 2-0 and didn’t look back, breaking twice more for a 7-5, 6-1 win over Ann Li (USA).
The Lexington tournament is an integral stop as part of the USTA Pro Circuit Wild Card Challenge, which allows American women to compete for a spot in next month’s US Open.
On the men’s side, Lloyd Harris (RSA) was impressive all day, not dropping serve once and only facing one break point in the match to beat No. 8 seeded Stefano Napolitano (ITA) in straight sets, 6-4, 6-3. Harris broke at four all in the first set and then served out a 6-4 win in the opening frame. Harris then broke twice early in the second set to win the 2018 title, 6-3 in the second set.
The 2019 tournament will be held in Lexington again and will run July 27 to August 4.