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Florida-led U.S. Girls in Final at World Junior Tennis 14-Under

August 6, 2009 07:00 AM
Sachia Vickery
Led by Sachia Vickery of Miramar, Fla., Victoria Duval of Delray Beach, Fla., the U.S. girls' team has reached the final of the World Junior Tennis 14-under competition in Prostejov, Czech Republic. 

Brooke Austin of Indianapolis completes the U.S. squad, which is no stranger to the final as the two-time defending champions. In 2008 the U.S.'s Kyle McPhillips and Grace Min defeated Great Britain in the final in the deciding doubles, and in 2007 the U.S. team of Sloane Stephens and Stephanie Vidov defeated France, again in the deciding doubles after splitting the singles.

The U.S. defeated Japan on Thursday to gain the final, and will face the Czech Republic on Saturday for a chance to win a record third straight World Junior Tennis title. The semifinal against Japan was decided in the doubles, where Austin and Duval teamed to out-duel the Japanese in three sets.

The host nation Czechs beat Russia in their semifinal which was also decided by the doubles, where the Czechs staged a comeback from a set down.

It is the first time in the final for the Czechs since they won the title in 2003 behind current WTA Tour player Nicole Vaidisova.

The U.S. boys' team, last year's champions, will this year play in the 11th/12th place play-off after losing the deciding doubles match to Peru on Thursday. The American pair of Joseph Di Giulio and Mackenzie McDonald won the first set, but came up short 5-7, 6-2, 6-4.
 

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