Former Illini Ryan Rowe captured the singles title at the Ursula Beck Pro Tennis Classic on Sunday.
Aug. 6, 2012
DECATUR, Ill. - Former Illini All-American Ryan Rowe captured his career-first professional singles title last weekend at the Ursula Beck Pro Tennis Classic, winning a three-setter over third-seeded Sanam Singh to clinch the crown.
"I'm really proud and happy for Ryan," Dancer said. "It was an amazing effort for him, and hopefully he can galvanize this into other opportunities. I know all of Illini nation is proud of him."
Rowe knocked off two top-10 seeds in addition to Singh en route to the tournament title, cruising past fourth-seeded Ante Pavic and seventh-seeded Michael Shabaz in straight sets. The former NCAA doubles champion met soon-to-be senior Stephen Hoh in semifinal action, taking down the current Illini, 6-4, 6-4.
In the championship match, Rowe claimed the first set, 6-4, against Singh before dropping the second, 6-3, to even the match at two sets apiece. The Illinois great bounced back to take a 6-4 win in the third, securing his first-ever singles title at a professional tournament.