Americans Loeb and Vickery To Face Off In Final At Central Coast Pro Tennis Open
TEMPLETON, Calif. (Sept. 30, 2017) – Jamie Loeb and Taylor Townsend left the best for last on Saturday in the first semifinal of the inaugural Central Coast Pro Tennis Open as the two young Americans battled it out for a spot in the finals on a picture-perfect day at the $60,000 USTA Women’s Pro Circuit event at the Templeton Tennis Ranch.
Loeb, who was 1-1 head-to-head against Townsend in 2017 heading into the match, captured the win in dramatic fashion as the 22-year-old former NCAA singles champion from the University of North Carolina outlasted the No. 5 seeded 21-year-old Townsend in a three-hour match, 6-4, 6-7 (7), 7-6 (8).
The last two tiebreak sets were all-action and left the enthusiastic Templeton tennis fans rooting for more.
“I don’t know how long that match was, but Taylor and I have played some great ones,” Loeb told the supportive crowd after the match. “She’s a great player and I knew I would have to be at my top level to beat her. It was close, but I’m so fortunate to get the win and move onto the final.”
After taking the first set, Loeb fell down 1-5 in the second before storming back only to come up short in a tight and exciting tiebreaker, 7-6 (9-7). In the deciding set, Loeb had lapses on her serve, but stuck with her game plan to finally pull out the clincher in yet another tiebreaker, 10-8.
Loeb has won seven USTA Pro Circuit singles titles and six doubles titles. Her last $60,000 level win came in Australia back in January.
Loeb’s opponent in the final will be fellow 22-year-old American Sachia Vickery, who came back to upset top-seeded Viktorija Golubic of Switzerland, 4-6, 7-6 (3), 6-3. Vickery not only came back after losing the first set, but battled back from down 1-3 in the third set to beat Golubic, who she also took out in three sets in a Quebec City event recently, again winning in three sets after dropping the first.
“Today’s tennis was Pro Circuit at its best,” said Ralph Goehring tournament director and owner of the Templeton Tennis Ranch. “We saw pure athleticism and strategy and gritty determination. This was a great day for Central Coast tennis.”
In the doubles final to follow the singles on Sunday, the Swiss team of Golubic and Amra Sadikovic will take on former USC teammates Kaitlyn Christian and Giuliana Olmos.
Saturday’s Seminal Singles Results
Sachia Vickery, U.S. (4), def. Viktorija Golubic, Switzerland (1), 4-6, 7-6 (3), 6-3
Jamie Loeb, U.S. (8), def. Taylor Townsend, U.S. (5), 6-4, 6-7 (7), 7-6 (8)
Sunday’s Schedule starting at 1 p.m.
Sachia Vickery, U.S. (4), vs. Jamie Loeb, U.S. (8)
Followed by Doubles Final:
Viktorija Golubic, Switzerland-Amra Sadikovic, Switzerland (1) vs. Kaitlyn Christian, U.S.-Giuliana Olmos, Mexico (4)