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American roundup: Brandon Nakashima roars into Los Cabos finals
The past week saw Nakashima and his countrymen and women score notable wins across the globe.
Published Jul 28, 2021
WATCH: Nakashima continued his solid form with an opening-round win in Atlanta.
Every week, American players from the ATP and WTA tours step up to the plate around the world. Here are the top American movers and shakers that shined brightest this week:
1. Brandon Nakashima
Finalist, Mifel Open ATP 250 (Los Cabos, Mexico)
Nakashima surged into his first ATP final and fell just short of winning the title; his battle against top seed Cameron Norrie in the Los Cabos final was the biggest match of his young career. The 19-year-old defeated big names throughout the week, including John Isner and Sam Querrey.
2. Danielle Collins
Champion, Palermo Ladies Open 250 (Palermo, Italy)
Danielle Collins went one better than Nakashima to claim her first WTA title at the 32nd Palermo Ladies Open. As the top seed in Italy, Collins avenged a Hamburg defeat to Elena-Gabriela Ruse in the final and didn't drop a set all week. She defeated two seeded players along the way: Astra Sharma and Zhang Shuai.
3. Mitchell Krueger
Champion, USTA Pro Circuit ATP Challenger 80 (Cary, NC.)
For his second Challenger title, Mitchell Krueger took home the trophy in Cary. He secured his first title since 2019 after defeating Ramkumar Ramanathan in the final and took home $7,200 in prize money—along with 80 ATP ranking points.
4. Dalayna Hewitt
Champion, ITF World Tennis Tour W15 (Monastir, Tunisia)
Dropping only one set last week in Tunisia, the 20-year-old took home the ITF W15 title, defeating the sixth seed, Ayumi Koshiishi, in the final. This was the American’s first career ITF Pro Circuit title. Along the way, Hewitt also took out the No. 1 seed, Anastasia Nefedova.