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Florida's Vickery, Duval, Kiick Into R16 at USTA Girls' 18 Nationals

August 8, 2013 08:50 AM
By J. Fred Sidhu
 
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Sachia Vickery
Eighteen-year-old Sachia Vickery of Miramar, Fla. has played professional tennis tournaments in Mexico, France, Canada and around the United States this year as she recently established a career high singles ranking of 230 in the world.
 
This week, she is the top-seed at the USTA Girls' 18s National Hardcourt Championship at the Barnes Tennis Center where she reached the Round of 16 after getting past local entrant Megan McCray of Oceanside, Calif., 6-4, 6-2, in a fourth-round match on Stadium Court.
 
"My opponent went out there with nothing to lose. She was hitting really big shots. I was just trying to make her play and find my rhythm," Vickery said after the match. "I've been playing pro tournaments all year, so obviously there is some pressure (as the top seed) from everyone here."
 
When asked about the wildcard to the US Open that will be awarded to the Girls' 18s champion on Sunday, Vickery responded, "It's what I dreamed of all of my life, playing at the US Open. It would mean so much to me. I just want to do the best I can this week and hopefully that will be enough to win the tournament."
 
In other Girls' 18s tournament action, third-seed and defending champion Victoria Duval of Bradenton, Fla., eased past 17th seeded Kristin Wiley of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., 6-0, 6-0, to advance to the Round of 16. Also advancing was fourth-seeded Taylor Townsend of Boca Raton, Fla., a 6-4, 6-2 winner over 17th seeded Madison Westby of Tulsa, Okla.
 
San Diegan Christina Makarova thrilled local tennis fans as the tenth-seed in the Girls' 18s got past hard-hitting Gabrielle Andrews of Pomona, Calif., 6-4, 6-1 to advance to the Round of 16. Makarova, a resident of the San Diego community of Scripps Ranch, will face second-seeded Alexandra Kiick on Thursday at 11 a.m. (PDT). Kiick is the daughter of former Miami Dolphins running back Jim Kiick.
 
Nearly 400 girls aged 16 and 18 and under are competing for the title of National Champion, as well as a wildcard entry into the singles main draw of the US Open Women's Championships (for the 18s Champion) and a wildcard into the US Open Junior Championships (for the 16s Champion). The 18s Doubles Champions will also receive a wildcard into the main draw of the US Open Women's Doubles competition.
 
For Thursday's order of play, go to: www.ustagirlsnationals.com/Home_Page.php.
 
 
 
 
 
 

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