San Diego, Calif. – (August 11, 2013) – Top-seeded Sachia Vickery of Miramar, Fla. capped a strong performance at the Barnes Tennis as she defeated second-seeded Alexandra Kiick of Plantation, Fla., 4-6, 6-2, 6-0, in one-hour and 46 minutes to capture the USTA Girls’ 18s National Championship.
The 18-year-old Vickery, ranked 230 in the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) singles rankings, earned a wild card into the women’s singles main draw of the upcoming US Open, which takes place August 26 through September 9 at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing, N.Y.
“It feels unbelievable. It hasn’t sunken in that I’m going to be playing at the U.S. Open,” Vickery said. “It’s been my dream since I started playing tennis. I can’t even put it into words how happy I am.”
After winning the USTA Girls’ 18s National doubles title together on Saturday, Kiick and Vickery faced each other in the singles championship under bright, sunny skies and breezy conditions.
The first set was deadlocked at 4-4 with Vickery serving. At 30-30, Vickery was called for a foot-fault on her first serve and proceeded to hit a double fault to give Kiick a break point. The 17-year-old Kiick secured the service break and a 5-4 lead as Vickery’s down the line backhand sailed wide.
Serving for the first set, Kiick gained a set point at 40-30, but Vickery answered with a booming down the line backhand winner to send the game to deuce. Kiick went on to win the set 6-4 when Vickery’s backhand landed in the net on the third set point.
After losing her first set of the tournament, Vickery came back strong in the second set as she lost only six points in her first three service games and broke Kiick twice to build a 5-1 lead. The top seed went on to close out the set in 30 minutes to tie the match at one set all.
Following a ten-minute break, both players returned to the court and Vickery continued where she left off. With the momentum on her side, Vickery dominated the third set, scoring service breaks in the second and fourth games to establish a 5-0 lead.
The match ended with Vickery breaking Kiick’s serve at love in the sixth and final game of the third set to secure the prestigious USTA Girls’ 18s National Championship and a wild card into the US Open.
“The first set was a lot of nerves. My shot selection wasn’t good and I was going for too much. I was letting her dictate on the bigger points,” Vickery said after her victory. “The difference between that and the last two sets was being more aggressive and going for my shots.”
Nearly 400 girls aged 16 and 18 and under competed 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 also received a Wild Card into the main draw of the US Open Women’s Doubles.