The 2017 Kentucky Bank Tennis Championships will be held on July 31 – August 6, 2017!
Another successful year at the Lexington Challenger, Kentucky’s only professional tennis event held at the University of Kentucky’s Hilary J. Boone Tennis Complex. We’d like to congratulate the winners of this year’s tournament. Americans Michael Mmoh (USA) and Grace Min (USA) were crowned the champions of the men’s and women’s singles draw at the 2017 Kentucky Bank Tennis Championships.
It was a story of late breaks in the men’s final. In the first set, John Millman (AUS) broke at four all to take a 5-4 lead and then serve out the first set with a 6-4 scoreline. Mmoh faced eight break points in the set, and saved six of them, but was unable to hold at 4-4 to allow Millman to take the opening set.
After the second set was through eight games without a break, Mmoh broke for a 5-4 lead and had the chance to serve out the second set. However, Millman fought back and didn’t allow the break to be consolidated, as he broke back to level the second frame at five all. The second set went into a tiebreak, which Mmoh led 6-0 at the changeover. After wins by Millman in three of the next points, Mmoh served out the seventh point to send the match to a third and decisive set.
In the third set, it was 4-3 with Millman serving, before Mmoh got the first break of the set to make it 5-4, before he served out a 6-3 third-set win to capture his first Kentucky Bank Tennis Championship title.
In the women’s singles final, it was Sofia Kenin (USA) that got off to the fast start, breaking to start the match and racing out to a quick 3-0 lead in the opening set. However, Min got three different breaks of serve in the final seven games of the set, including the last game of the frame to take the first, 6-4.
The second set was all Min, who used four aces, four holds, and two breaks of serve to comfortably preserve her first Kentucky Bank Tennis Championships title. The match lasted just seven minutes over an hour, and gave the seventh-seeded player in the tournament and 23-year-old her first tournament win of the season.
We hope to see you again next year!