What a Weekend for Our San Diego Aviators!

Posted on October 14, 2019

Jonny O’Mara and Darian King take home ATP Challenger Titles and Anna-Lena Groenefeld is headed for the WTA Finals in Shenzhen

Jonny O’Mara with doubles partner Ken Skupski, from Orlando Storm, won their first doubles title together at ATP Challenger in France this weekend. Seeded as number four the WTT alums never lost a set and only dropped 20 games all week.

During the finals, the British pair faced Dutch double partners Sander Arends & David Pel who couldn’t keep up with O’Mara and Skupski. Winning the final in straight sets 6-1, 6-4.

Aviators singles and doubles player, Darian King earned his second ATP Challenger title this season at the Fairfield Challenger with doubles partner Peter Polansky. In a hard-fought match, King and Polansky beat number 4 doubles team Sem Verbeek and Andre Goransson 6-4, 3-6, 12-10. King also advanced to the singles quarter-finals of the Fairfield Challenger and was defeated by Steve Johnson, of the Orange County Breakers.

Anna-Lena Groenefeld has been on fire with partner Demi Schuurs the past couple of months reaching five WTA doubles finals this season. Recently advancing to the finals of the Cincinnati Open, quarter-finals of the China Open and semi-finals of the Wuhan Open.

Their success has led Groenefeld and Schuurs to qualify for the 2019 Shiseido WTA

Finals Shenzhen, taking place from October 27 through November 3 for a record-breaking $14 million in prize money. This will be the second time both Groenefeld and Schuurs have qualified for the WTA finals but this will be their first time qualifying as a team.

“I’m really excited to qualify for the WTA Finals again, and especially with my good friend Demi,” said Groenefeld. “We are very happy with our season and we hope to end it with a good run in Shenzhen.”

Schuurs added, “It’s an honor to be one of the top teams of the year. I’m looking forward to returning to the WTA Finals for my second time after a great season with Anna-Lena.” (Source WTA)

They are one of two teams to have reached as many finals this season.