San Diego, Calif. – (August 7, 2013) – 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 Championship at the Barnes Tennis Center where she reached the Round of Sixteen 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 wild card 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 Sixteen. 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.
Tournament officials named Cassandra Vazquez of Houston as the Babolat Player of the Day. On Tuesday, Vazquez ousted seventh-seeded Louisa Chirico of Harrison, N.Y., with a 6-3, 6-1 upset in a Girls’ 18s third-round match. The award, which is presented to a player each day of the event, is based equally on competitive achievement and sportsmanship.
On Thursday night, the USTA Girls’ 16s & 18s National Championships will continue its tradition of hosting a Final Eight dinner at the La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club, which will be attended by each of the singles and doubles quarterfinalists.
Nearly 400 girls aged 16 and 18 and under are competing for the title of National Champion, as well as a Wild Card entry into the singles main draw of the US Open Women’s Championships (for the 18s Champion) and a Wild Card into the US Open Junior Championships (for the 16s Champion). The 18s Doubles Champions will also receive a Wild Card into the main draw of the US Open Women’s Doubles competition.
Spectator admission and on-site parking at the Barnes Tennis Center is free.
For Thursday’s order of play, go to: http://www.ustagirlsnationals.com/Home_Page.php
To view the complete tournament draws go to: http://tennislink.usta.com/Tournaments/TournamentHome/Tournament.aspx?T=121938
Website – www.ustagirlsnationals.com/
Starting times – 8:30 a.m., Saturday, Aug. 3 – Thursday, Aug. 8
9 a.m., Friday, Aug. 9 – Sunday, Aug. 11
About USTA Girls’ 16s – 18s Nationals:
The USTA Girls’ 16s Nationals has been directed by Youth Tennis San Diego (YTSD) since 1990. This year will be the 24th anniversary of this event in San Diego, and 2013 marks the fourth year of the combined G16s – G18s event at the Barnes Tennis Center. As the largest and most prestigious junior girls’ tennis event in the United States, the USTA National Championships field consists of two draws, 192 players in each, selected from the top players who enter the event. The participants represent every USTA Member Section and nearly every state in the United States.
About Youth Tennis San Diego:
The USTA Girls’ Nationals is the most prestigious of over 40 tournament events held at the Barnes Tennis Center each year. The Center is owned and operated by Youth Tennis San Diego, a non-profit 501 (c)(3) organization that has been in existence since 1952. The YTSD Mission is: “To promote the educational, physical, and social development of all youth through organized tennis and educational activities. Our community programs encourage youth participation, personal integrity, leadership, and competitive spirit in a friendly environment that builds responsible citizens.” For information on sponsoring the USTA Girls’ Nationals or to be a tournament volunteer, please contact the Barnes Tennis Center at 619-221-9000.