Nao Hibino liked winning her Kentucky Bank Tennis Championships doubles title so much, she added a singles championship the following day.
The 20-year-old from Japan who, along with partner Emily Webley-Smith, won the doubles championship on Saturday captured the singles title as well on Sunday, defeating U.S. Open wild-card challenge winner Samantha Crawford 6-2, 6-1 in the finals.
"I can't believe I won two titles in one week, what should I say, I'm so happy to be winning right now," Hibino said. "I feel like I'm playing my best tennis ever and I did the best that I could do."
On the men's side, No. 2 seed John Millman of Australia held on to defeat Lexington Challenger giant killer Yasutaka Uchiyama 6-3, 3-6, 6-4.
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Uchiyama, a 22-year-old from Japan, had won all his matches in this event as an underdog, but Millman proved too tough.
"I knew he was playing extremely well and beating great players all tournament long," Millman said. "His ball striking and his service has been great all week long, that is a deadly combination. I was a little worried about how that was going to play into his hand for this championship match."
The 26-year-old Millman, ranked No. 96 in the world, had made it to the finals of two previous Challenger events this year only to come up empty. He didn't want to make it 0-for-3 against Uchiyama, the "Lucky Loser" who seemingly couldn't lose.
Uchiyama was the first player in the history of the Lexington Challenger to make it to the finals as the "Lucky Loser" of the tournament. Quite an accomplishment, given the competition he faced along the way.
Millman won the first set 6-3, only to have Uchiyama do the same in the second set. The third set went back and forth with each player grinding out long points and not succumbing to the other.
Eventually Millman caught a glimpse of hope during the third set with the score at 5-4. Uchiyama was serving at 30-30 and gave way to Millman, who hit an incredible lunging backhand slice to get to match point.
"I never give up, I try to chase down every ball that I can possibility get," Millman said. "I was very lucky that it came off as well as it did, I premeditated that shot as it came off the racquet. I hit it just about perfect and probably caught Uchiyama by surprise. Just relief in the end."