HARLINGEN, Texas – Ohio State sophomore JJ Wolf claimed his first title in a professional event as he downed UCLA’s Evan Zhu 6-7, 6-1, 6-2 to win the $25,000 USA34 Futures in Harlingen, Texas.
This was not only Wolf’s first pro victory but it also came in his first Futures finals appearance.
Facing a fellow sophomore in Zhu, Wolf won the first two games of the match and held that edge until he was broken at 4-3. The two then held serve the rest of the set and would go into a tiebreaker. In the breaker, Zhu grabbed the upper hand and took the set 7-1.
In the second, Wolf again went up an early break and this time, he held that momentum to a 6-1 victory. Using that win, the Buckeye standout broke Zhu on his opening service game for the third-straight set. That was the edge Wolf needed as he added another break later in the set and would claimed the title 6-2.
Oct. 21, 2017
In a remarkable comeback, Ohio State sophomore JJ Wolf downed Strong Kirchheimer 3-6, 7-5, 6-2 to move into the finals of the $25,000 USA F34 Futures in Harlingen, Texas.
Wolf dropped the opening set 6-3 and was down 5-2 in the second before rallying to win five-straight games to for a third set. He kept that momentum in the third and rolled to a 6-2 victory. Kirchheimer is a recent graduate of Northwestern and is that program’s all-time leader in wins.
Wolf moves on to face fellow sophomore standout Evan Zhu, who is playing collegiately at UCLA. Zhu made his way through the qualifier and topped current world No. 539 Luke Bambridge in the the semifinals.
The championship match is set for 2:30 p.m. ET on Sunday.
October 20, 2017
Ohio State sophomore JJ Wolf has won three matches at the $25,000 USA F34 Futures in Harlingen, Texas and is on to the semifinals.
Wolf received a wild card into the main draw and won his opening round match 6-2, 6-4 over former Valparaiso standout Jeffrey Schorsch. He then took down 20-year old Igo Marcondes of Brazil 6-1, 6-3 in the second round on Thursday.
Friday’s quarterfinal match was against Ulises Blanch, who is ranked No. 618 in the ATP World Rankings. Wolf found similar results as he won in straight sets 6-3, 6-2. That moves him to Saturday’s semifinal where he will face Strong Kirchheimer who is Northwestern’s all-time leader in singles and doubles victories.
Wolf’s run forced him to withdraw from this weekend’s ITA Midwest Regional where he was the top seed. His opponent on Saturday, Kirchheimer, won the singles title at that event last year as a senior at Northwestern.
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