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U.S. Girls Win 14-Under World Juniors Tennis

August 10, 2009 07:00 AM

Sachia Vickery

The U.S. became the first country ever to win three straight titles at the World Junior Tennis 14-and-under competition when Sachia Vickery of Miramar, Fla., Victoria Duval of Delray Beach, Fla., and Brooke Austin of Indianapolis, defeated the Czech Republic 2-1 on Saturday in Prostejov, Czech Republic, for the title.

The World Junior Tennis Competition is an international team event featuring players ages 14-and-under.

Duval lost to Aneta Dvorakova 7-6(3), 2-6, 6-4, in the opening singles, but Vickery then evened the match at 1-1 by defeated Petra Rohanova 6-4, 6-7(3), 6-2, to force the deciding doubles match. Duval and Vickery proved mentally tougher after splitting the first two sets in the finale, defeating Dvorakova and Rohanova 6-2, 6-7(4), 6-1, to clinch the title.

"The USA girls' team found themselves playing in front of the largest crowd of the tournament on Court 1 as they faced the host nation, Czech Republic," reported the International Tennis Federation website. "The doubles drew even more of a crowd to Court 1...A nervy start to the third set from the Czechs saw the USA race to a 5-0 lead. The Czechs battled on to claim one game but eventually succumbed to give the USA a 6-1 win in the third set and claim the title for a third successive time."

In the boys' 14-under final, Spain defeated Portugal. The defending champion U.S. boys' team finished outside of the top 10 placed teams.

 

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