Bradley Klahn needs only to recall last year's results at the Comerica Bank Challenger in Aptos to realize just how far he has come in his professional tennis career.
Klahn, the 2010 NCAA singles champion and Stanford grad, reached the final of the $100,000 event at Seascape Sports Club by defeating the tournament's No. 2 seed Evgeny Donsky of Russia, 7-6 (1), 5-7, 6-4 in Saturday's semifinal.
Klahn reached the quarterfinal in Aptos last year. Since then, he has won his first pro title and will be playing in his fifth career final Sunday against Great Britain's Daniel Evans, who downed Uzbekistan's Farrukh Dustov, 7-6 (2), 6-3.
The tournament's winner will receive $14,400 in prize money and 100 ranking points. The loser gets $8,480 and 60 ranking points.
No matter what happens, Klahn is assured of a career-high singles ranking when the new rankings are released on Monday. He's in line to possibly jump into the top 130 with a win.
Klahn has climbed over 100 spots in the rankings since the beginning of the year.
Evans and Klahn have never met on the court. Evans, currently ranked 194th, is also guaranteed a career high in singles next week.
Evans advances to his ninth final since the beginning of 2012. He's 6-2 in his previous eight. Klahn is 1-4.
Klahn and Donsky were evenly matched, with Klahn gaining a slight advantage in second serve points. Overall, Klahn won 102 points while Donsky won 98. Klahn just won a slightly higher percentage of the big points.
Klahn also clinched a wild card into the U.S. Open by beating Wayne Odesnik in the quarterfinals.
He earned the most ranking points in two of four USTA Pro Circuit hard-court events ($50,000 events in Binghamton, N.Y., and Lexington, Ky., and $100,000 events in Vancouver, B.C., and Aptos).
At the Western and Southern Open
In Cincinnati, Menlo School product Dmitry Tursonov won his first match in the qualifying tournament on Saturday, topping Alijaz Bedene, 6-7(3), 6-3, 6-3.
Tursonov, seeded third in qualifying, meets Joao Sousa on Sunday afternoon. Sousa knocked off No. 12 seed Alex Bogomolov Jr., 6-4, 6-3.
Things didn't go as well for Stanford products Nicole Gibbs and Mallory Burdette, who both dropped their first-round matches.
Gibbs lost to Johanna Larsson, 6-4, 3-6, 6-2, and Burdette was beaten by Monica Puig, 6-4, 6-4.
Stanford products Michael Bryan and Bob Bryan, the top-ranked doubles team in the world, are in the main draw at Cincinnati and will be going for their fourth title at the event. They last won in 2011.