Brigham Reaches Singles Final at Gael Tennis Classic

Oct. 29, 2011

Moraga, Calif. - UCLA's Alex Brigham won two singles matches on Saturday to earn a spot in Sunday's final at the 2011 Gael Tennis Classic, hosted by St. Mary's University.

Brigham, the tournament's No. 4 seed, downed Fresno Pacific's Kirill Sinitsyn, 6-3, 6-3 in the quarterfinals on Saturday morning. He followed that up with another straight-set win in the semifinals later in the day, this time beating Santa Clara's Nico Vinel, 6-1, 6-2. He will face second-seeded Xavier Smith of Fresno Pacific in Sunday's final at Noon.

Smith ousted Bruin freshman Dennis Mkrtchian in the quarterfinals on Saturday, coming back from a set down to win 4-6, 6-1, 6-3.

In addition to singles, Brigham is still in the running for a doubles title, as he and Mkrtchian reached the semifinals with an 8-4 quarterfinal victory over Santa Clara's Eugene Muchynski and Keith Kamono. They will face St. Mary's Saad Benkirane and Sherif Hamdy on Sunday at 10:00 a.m.

Complete draws can be found HERE.

2011 Gael Tennis Classic (Moraga, CA)

First Round
Michael Hui (UCLA) def. David Hutton (SON) - 6-0, 6-1
(4) Alex Brigham (UCLA) - Bye
Dennis Mkrtchian (UCLA) def. Drexler Dy (SON) - 6-1, 6-4

Round of 16
(1) Riki McLachlan (Cal) def. Michael Hui (UCLA) - 6-1, 6-3
(4) Alex Brigham (UCLA) def. Tommie Murphy (Cal) - 6-2, 6-1
Dennis Mkrtchian (UCLA) def. (8) Germaine Bahri (USF) - 6-2, 6-2

(4) Alex Brigham (UCLA) def. Kirill Sinitsyn (FPU) - 6-3, 6-3
(2) Xavier Smith (FPU) def. Dennis Mkrtchian (UCLA) - 4-6, 6-1, 6-3

(4) Alex Brigham (UCLA) def. Nico Vinel (SC) - 6-1, 6-2

First Round
(2) Brigham/Mkrtchian (UCLA) def.Goncalves/Krzyszkowski (PAC) - 8-4

(2) Brigham/Mkrtchian (UCLA) def. Muchynski/Kamono (SC) - 8-6

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