The Oracle Challenger Series’ Houston Tournament wrapped up on November 18, with two veteran pros, Bradley Klahn and Peng Shuai, claiming the men’s and women’s titles respectively.
Bradley Klahn, who entered the tournament ranked 97th in the world, defeated Baylor University’s Roy Smith in straight sets, both of which went to tiebreakers en route to a final score of 7-6 (4), 7-6 (4). With his victory, Klahn also claimed the top position on the leaderboard for Road to Indian Wells, which awards a wild-card draw into the 2019 BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells to the competitor with the most points after the four Oracle Challenger Series tournaments.
Houston is a terrific addition to the Oracle Challenger Series…Tennis players in the United States need more chances to compete at home and more chances to earn a living from the sport.” – Mark Hurd
The women’s final saw China’s Peng Shuai take a three-set victory over Lauren Davis. Peng, a former World No. 1 doubles competitor, defeated Davis for her third pro singles title. Despite losing the final match, Davis has performed well enough throughout the Oracle Challenger Series to claim the top spot on the women’s Road to Indian Wells leaderboard.
The next Oracle Challenger Series tournament will finalize the rankings and decide the men’s and women’s wild-card entries for Indian Wells. It takes place in late January 2019 in Newport Beach, California.