Xavier doubles team notches win

Xavier’s Nour Abbes and Carmen Nelson won 8-6 against Auburn Montgomery’s top-seeded Paula Diaz and Anna Rudolfova on Saturday in the women’s doubles semifinals of the USTA/ ITA NAIA South Regional Championships at City Park/Pepsi Tennis Center.

Abbes and Nelson, the No. 4 seed, will play Sunday for the championship against Brenau’s third-seeded Maria Perdomo-Medina and Patricia Recalde or AUM’s Claudine Maheu and Alice Baudeign.

Abbes and Nelson won 8-5 in the quarterfinals against Georgia Gwinnett’s Judith van Fraaijenhoven and Luma Schwab.

Abbes, the No. 1 singles seed, defeated Maheu 6-4, 6-2 in the round of 16, then advanced to the semifinals when Georgia Gwinnett’s Chiara Di Salvo retired because of injury with Abbes leading 3-0.

Abbes will play sixth-seeded Diaz in the semifinals at 9 a.m. Sunday. The other semifinal will match Baudeign and Georgia Gwinnett’s second-seeded Valeria Podda, who eliminated Xavier’s Brion Flowers 6-0, 6-0 in the quarterfinals.

Flowers beat Rudolfova 6-3, 6-3 in the round of 16.

In men’s doubles, XU’s Kevin Chaouat and Tushar Mandlekar defeated AUM’s Sergi Espias and Othmane Lalami 8-5 to reach the semifinals.

Xavier’s Nikita Soifer defeated Mobile’s Marcio Dal Pont 8-6 to win the men’s singles consolation championship. A No. 4 seed, Soifer won four matches — three on Saturday — after being upset in the main draw on Friday. Soifer led 3-0 against Dal Pont, then dropped four consecutive games before rallying for the victory.

All remaining matches will be played at Xavier Tennis Center. The three-day tournament is scheduled to conclude Sunday, weather permitting.

Kvitova tops Bouchard to win Wuhan Open

WUHAN, China — Petra Kvitova held off an injured Eugenie Bouchard to win the inaugural Wuhan Open title 6-3, 6-4 on Saturday in a rematch of the most lopsided Wimbledon final in two decades.

The Czech player dropped just three games in a 55-minute victory at the All England Club, but was made to work for her third title of the year in Wuhan.

With the victory, Kvitova secured her spot at the season-ending WTA Finals in Singapore, joining Serena Williams, Simona Halep and Maria Sharapova.

Murray makes Shenzhen Open final

SHENZHEN, China — Second-seeded Andy Murray rallied from a set down to beat Juan Monaco 2-6, 6-3, 6-0 Saturday and reach the final of the Shenzhen Open.

From 3-3 in the second set, Murray won nine straight games to beat Monaco in 1 hour, 42 minutes and set up a meeting with fourth-seeded Tommy Robredo in Sunday’s final. Robredo overpowered sixth-seeded Santiago Giraldo of Colombia 6-1, 6-4.

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