Nov. 1, 2014
TRARALGON, Australia – Former Virginia men’s tennis player Jarmere Jenkins (Class of 2013) has reached both the singles and doubles finals of the Traralgon Challenger in Australia. It is his first career Challenger singles final as he looks for his second Challenger doubles title.
Unseeded in singles, Jenkins has won four matches to reach the final. Jenkins defeated top-seeded Go Soeda of Japan, the world No. 114, 7-6(3), 6-1, on Tuesday to post the highest ranked win of his career. He followed that win with a 6-4, 6-4 win over Australian Justin Thompson in the second round. He posted two more top-200 wins to reach the final, defeating world No. 158 Thanasi Kokkinakis of Australia, the No. 5 seed, 6-7(3), 6-2, 7-5 in the quarterfinals and world No. 153 Hiroki Moriya of Japan, the No. 4 seed, 6-2, 6-1 in the semifinals. He will play former Stanford standout Bradley Klahn, the No. 2 seed, in the final. Jenkins will have a new career high ATP singles ranking next week and would crack the top 200 for the first time with a victory in the final.
In doubles, Jenkins teamed with fellow American Mitchell Krueger to reach the final. They upset No. 4 seeds Klahn and Matt Reid in the first round, 6-7(5), 7-6(6), 10-8. In the quarterfinals they downed Australians Maverick Banes and Gavin Van Peperzeel 6-1, 6-3, before posting a semifinal win over Australians Jake Eames and Christopher O’Connell, 6-4, 6-3. They will play Brydan Klein and Dane Propoggia in the final.
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