The 2019 LG&T Challenger singles title will be decided between Yuichi Sugita and Joao Menezes in the championship match on Sunday.
In the first singles semifinal of the day, it was Joao Menezes taking on Evgeny Karlovskiy. With everything on the line, Menezes raced through the first set 6-3 and kept his momentum going into the second. The 22-year-old Brazilian grabbed the break and was able to close out the match with a final score of 6-3, 6-3.
With the win, Menezes continues to build on a stellar year. He will be playing in his second career ATP Challenger final and is expected to crack into the top 200 with a win on Sunday.
Next, Yuichi Sugita and Mitchell Krueger took to the court, both looking for the last spot in the final. Sugita cruised through the opening set 6-3, but Krueger mounted a comeback in the second to force the match into a deciding set. Sugita waited until 4-4 to make his move, breaking Krueger and serving out the match with a final score of 6-3, 4-6, 6-4.
Earlier in the day, the semifinals for doubles were played. In the first match of the day, the No. 1 seeds of Max Purcell and Luke Saville defeated Diego Hidalgo and Martin Redlicki 6-4, 6-2. Next up, No. 2 seeds JC Aragone and Alex Lawson battled past Sekou Bangoura and Teymuraz Gabashvili, 7-6(3), 3-6, 10-7.
This year, Saturday’s highlight Wilson Free for All was canceled due to inclement weather. The LG&T Tennis Challenger also kicked off the evening Rumble Ponies game, as Alex Lawson threw out the first pitch.
Trading 🎾 for ⚾
Fresh off his semifinal win at the #USTAProCircuit event in Binghamton, Alex Lawson threw out the first pitch at Saturday's @RumblePoniesBB game! @LawsonTennis | #TeamUSATennis pic.twitter.com/9Rbjycjouy
— USTA (@usta) July 28, 2019
Championship Sunday will begin with the double final at 11:00 a.m. The Singles final will follow shortly after the doubles trophy ceremony, with Sugita and Menezes battling it our for the title.