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Florida College Tennis News: Cohen in WTA Final, UF's Will Turns Pro

July 30, 2012 02:08 PM
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Allie Will
Former Florida college player Julia Cohen reached her first WTA final over the weekend, and the University of Florida's Allie Will announced she is turning pro.

Cohen, who played collegiately for the University of Florida and University of Miami, reached the WTA Baku Cup final in Azerbaijan over the weekend, losing to Serb Bojana Jovanovski 6-3, 6-1. Jovanovski was also appearing in her first WTA final.

Cohen had never appeared in a WTA main draw until this year, losing in 34 straight qualifying draws before reaching the main draw at the WTA Bogota event this past February.

"It feels really good to get to my first WTA final," Cohen said. "I was a bit tired but she played really well. I hope next time I can win. Obviously I'm so disappointed that I lost, but I have to be happy that I got to the final."

Will, who played No. 1 singles for the NCAA champion University of Florida for most of the last two years, has turned pro and will not be returning to Gainesville for her senior year, according to www.zootennis.com.

UF has won back-to-back NCAA titles behind Will and her teammates, and the Gators will be hard pressed to fill the hole left by her departure. Will was a six-time All-American, and posted the second-highest winning percentage in UF women's tennis history at 90.4 percent (104-11 win-loss) behind the all-time leader Lisa Raymond (95.4 percent, 84-4 win-loss).

The depth of the UF roster will need to step up to replace Will and senior Joanna Mather who graduated. The lone incoming UF recruit is former USTA Florida Bobby Curtis Junior State Championships age-division winner Danielle Collins, who also recently captured the USTA national girls' 18 claycourt title.

 
 

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