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Day 1 - USTA Boys' & Girls' 12 Spring Nationals

April 9, 2007 08:51 AM

Delray Beach, FL (April 8, 2007) — For 64 of the original 128 girls in the Sea Island Resorts USTA Boys' & Girls' 12 Spring National Championships hosted by the City of Delray Beach (April 8 – 14, 2007), Easter Sunday was so much sweeter than any Cadbury egg could ever be.

Day one of the Girls' 12 "Nats" was everything a tournament director could ask for and then some: sun, blue skies, light wind, ripe bananas, and smiling parents and coaches. Fourth-seeded player in National event, and ranked #16 in the nation, 7th grader Breaunna Addison (Texas), dominated her morning match—6-1, 6-1—in just 73 minutes against Vanessa Pavia (New York). The "Sunshine State" proved all too familiar to the Texan, but the surface wasn't quite as frequented: "I had to really get used to clay [courts] before this tournament because there aren't that many clay courts by my house," Addison said. 

However, watching her match you would think the "Delray Beach Player of the Day" practiced on clay all the time. Her high-percentage serve and her big forehand overwhelmed unseeded Pavia. "She is a really good player and played exceptionally well today. I am not too disappointed in my play, she was just the better player," Pavia said. When asked what she might do differently next time Vanessa answered:" I'd try to hit my shots deeper and get the ball to her backhand more."

Like her role model Roger Federer, Breanna aspires to go very far in the tournament. Addison loves his backhand and his all-court game. And with tennis' greatest as her game's choreographer, Addison balletically added spin to her shots and aimed high and deep. She said her strategy was to "keep [my] shots away from the middle of the court and use [my] forehand as often as possible."

Addison, self-proclaimed Olympic track-and-field runner, feels her athleticism plays an integral role in her game. Betwixt her athletic build and nutritious carb-filled diet (spaghetti and marinara sauce is her ultimate fav), Breaunna hopes to advance farther in the draw as she will contend at the crack of dawn (8:45 am) Monday 9th.

So far there has been only one upset [fingers crossed] among the seeds, Emma Li from Wheaton, Illinois triumphed over #26-seeded Texan, Liza Fieldsend, in a heated contest on 'battlefield' #17—3-6; 6-4; 6-2. Dairy-fans cheered on one of Wisconsin's sharpest contenders, Karyn Guttormsen, but to their dismay local player, #14 seed Madison Keys (Boca Raton) chomped through her opponent, 6-1; 6-1. Don't panic, Boca—local player, Jennifer Brady, advanced to the round of 64 after putting a crack in Philadelphia's sounding bell, Jasmine Merali—6-1; 6-3.  Chalena Sholl (Pompano Beach) lost to "Don't Mess with Miss-Texan," Claire Williams, 6-2; 6-1 earlier this morning. Another not-so-lone of stars, Texan #16 seed Nicki Johnson, stuck it to West Palm Beach's Nicole Robinson, 6-4; 6-3. And last, but certainly not least, Delray Beach's soaring seagull as well as  2nd-year flocker to this national event, Victoria Duval (#2 seed), took a bite through the big apple's Vivian Cheng (New York), 6-2; 6-1.

Don't miss this rare, exciting and FREE opportunity to see tomorrow's stars that will carry the tennis torch when passed on from Andy, James, Serena and Venus, all players who have taken the USTA National road to their success. Girls' matches start daily at 9:00AM at the Delray Swim & Tennis Club (2350 Jaeger Dr., Delray Beach) while the boys' matches start at 11:00AM at the Swim & Racquet Center (21626 St. Andrews, Boca Raton) and Boca West Country Club (20583 Boca West Dr., Boca Raton). Also stay tuned to The Tennis Channel as both the Boys' and Girls' Singles Championships will be nationally televised. Please check your local listings and be sure to ASK FOR YOUR TENNIS CHANNEL TV!






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