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Florida Junior Tennis Profile: Dunlop Orange Bowl Champion Breaunna Addison

March 19, 2010 09:39 AM

By Colette Lewis

She may have been unseeded, with an ITF junior ranking in the 600s, but don't count Boca Raton's Breaunna Addison among those surprised at her Dunlop Orange Bowl 16s title last December.

"I think I've been able to do it all along," said Addison, a home-schooled sophomore who turned 15 just days after winning the prestigious international competition at Key Biscayne's Crandon Park. "I think it's just believing and staying focused."

Addison proclaimed herself a title contender when she eliminated long-time rival and Eddie Herr 16s champion Sachia Vickery of Miramar in the Orange Bowl's third round. In the final against No. 10 seed Kelsey Laurente, also of Miramar, Addison used a potent serve and aggressive groundstrokes to forge a 6-1, 6-2 victory.

"I knew she was consistent and she was going to compete really hard," Addison said of Laurente, 15. "I had to stay fully focused, not have a lapse, because I knew she was going to keep fighting."

At age 9, Addison was inspired to take up tennis after watching Venus and Serena Williams on television, with her first efforts confined to "just hitting around" with her parents. But once she began to take tennis seriously, her interest in track and field waned, and her cross-country development journey began.

Born in Louisana, Addison lived in both Washington state and Texas before moving to Florida in 2007, where she began working with the USTA at its National Training Center in Boca Raton. 

A semifinalist at the Eddie Herr and a doubles finalist at the Orange Bowl, Addison credits much of her recent success to the efforts of USTA head of women's tennis Ola Malmqvist and National Coach Lori McNeil, while also acknowledging her own contribution.

"I just started putting in more effort in practice, trying to run after every ball, playing every single rally, every point, like it's a match," Addison said. "And my coaches are taking more initiative, making sure that I'm doing what I need to do. I'm getting some great training, and I hope to just keep getting better."

 

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