Sircar Wins Gold at WPIAL Singles Championships

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At Wednesday’s WPIAL Championships, freshman Advaita Sircar became just the fifth player in North Allegheny’s illustrious tennis history to win the WPIAL AAA Singles Final. Sircar joins Pete Frank (1970), Jake Jopling (2001), Tom Liebenguth (1976), and Zach Skorupka (2006) as WPIAL champions from North Allegheny. Sircar’s win is the first for a freshman at Class 3A since Peters Township’s Connor Bruce in 2017.

 (JJ LaBella/For the Post-Gazette)

The championship match became an epic battle between second-seeded Sircar and the No. 1 seed, Gateway’s Adam Memije. In the first set, Sircar raced out to an early lead by breaking Memije in the first game and consolidating the break in his own first service game. The two then traded holds of serve as Sircar slowly began to exert his dominance. Sircar only lost a remarkable two points on his serve in the first set, capturing it 6-2.

In the second set, Memije responded with some excellent shot making of his own. Both players exchanged early breaks as Memije took a 4-3 lead on serve. The Gateway junior then broke Sircar and held to win the second set, 6-3, setting up a winner take all final set.

 (JJ LaBella/For the Post-Gazette)

Sircar was undeterred with the minor setback and responded by immediately breaking serve in the first game of the third set. However, Memije would not go quietly as the pair traded early breaks. Leading 3-2, Sircar broke Memije yet again to go up 4-2. A quick hold by each player put the ball and the match on the strings of Sircar’s serve. Moments later, after trading groundstrokes for well over 2 hours, Advaita Sircar became one of the youngest AAA Champions in WPIAL history.

Sircar will advance to the PIAA Singles Championships to be held in Hershey on May 24-25.

Tournament Summary

#2 Advaita Sircar def. Adam Memije (G) 6-2, 3-6, 6-3