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Tennis Briefs: 7-year-old Owensby Wins 10-U Designated; More Hawk-Eye at Davis Cup

March 14, 2011 11:10 AM
7-year-old Owensby Wins 10-U Florida Designated Tennis Tournament

Seven-year-old Charlotte Owensby won the USTA Florida Hollywood Spring Designated BG10 event on March 5-7, 2011, in Hollywood, Fla., making the Boca Raton resident one of the fastest and youngest risers in Florida junior tennis.
"She is one of the youngest players to be ranked as high as she is," said her coach Byron Gill of the Rick Macci Tennis Academy. "Cha Cha has the 'X Factor' at age 7 that you see in very few players. Her ability to compete with a fierce tenacity is amazing."

In the Hollywood Designated final the No. 2-seeded Owensby upset top-seeded Zoe Hitt 2-6, 6-2, 10-8.

"Cha Cha is a very special girl," Macci said. "Everybody see the outside of her strokes, her serve and volleys. But how she is wired inside as a competitor is why she will be a great pro someday."

In December 2010 Owensby captured the Girls' 8 and under title at the 2010 Little Mo International Jr. Open, held at the IMG Bollettieri Tennis Academy in Bradenton, Fla. Owensby came from a set down to defeat fellow No. 1 seed Kristyna Lavickova of the Czech Republic 1-6, 6-4, 10-7 in the final. Owensby also won the Little Mo Nationals regional event earlier in 2010 in Austin, Texas.

Davis Cup and Fed Cup to Increase Hawk-Eye Use

US Davis Cup Team.jpgBeginning with the Davis Cup quarterfinals played in July on hardcourt and grasscourts, the International Tennis Federation (ITF) says it will increase the number of Davis Cup and Fed Cup matches using the Hawk-Eye electronic line-calling technology to cut down on the number of disputed line calls.

ITF President Francesco Ricci Bitti told the Associated Press, "the increased use of electronic review at ties reflects the importance of these competitions and creates added interest and entertainment for spectators."

The technology has been used in Davis Cup since 2006 when it debuted at the final between Argentina and Russia.






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