Seventeen-year-old Julia Boserup advanced to the singles and doubles semifinals at the prestigious USTA National Championships in August and spent time as a Future Fed Cupper during the U.S. Fed Cup team's first-round victory over Germany in February. Boserup, who trains at the USTA Training Center in Boca Raton, Fla., is competing in the girls' 18s draw at the Dunlop Orange Bowl and will be sharing her thoughts and experiences in a blog she is writing for USTA.com while competing this week in Key Biscayne.
Entry No. 8 - Sunday, Dec. 14:
It is Sunday, the final day of the Orange Bowl. There was a great atmosphere, as the stands were full of spectators today. The boys played their final match first, and I was second on. I prepared for the match as usual and stayed away from the thought of being in the finals.
I played Christina McHale, a good friend of mine and training partner at the USTA Training Center. We had a great match, and we both played some great tennis. I knew it was going to be tough going in because Christina is such a fighter and has a great game. The first set was a battle, but I hit some winning shots to get the set, 6-4. In the second set, she was just too good and came up with some pace of her own that threw me off guard. In the third set, I fought for every point, stayed aggressive and ultimately prevailed, 6-4, 2-6, 6-3!
Afterwards I did a few interviews and took pictures with Christina and the winners of the other divisions. It feels great to win the Orange Bowl and get the title after such an exciting week. It hasn't really sunk in yet because I was taking the tournament one match at a time and trying not to think about being in the final.
Asia and I went and had crepes to celebrate my win and her doubles title before we drove back to Boca tonight. I am tired from the week, so I am very happy to be back home and sleeping in my own bed tonight!
I have enjoyed writing this blog and sharing my experiences with you this week at the Orange Bowl. I am thankful for all the congratulations I have received and the people who have supported me this week.
Until next time,
Entry No. 7 - Saturday, Dec. 13:
I have more good news to report. I won my semifinal match today against Lauren Embree, 7-5, 6-1. We had a really tough first set, and I just kept fighting to win it. I stuck to my game plan of setting up the points and then finishing off the short ball. That was easier said than done, though, because Lauren played really well, and it felt like she got every ball back! The second set was quicker but still a fight all the way.
After my match, I did a couple of quick interviews and had lunch. I watched a few games of the other semifinal match and then relaxed at the hotel for the rest of the afternoon. I took an epsom salt bath, since I am sore from the week of tough matches, and then watched a movie in the room. I had dinner with Asia in the lobby restaurant again, and now I am back in the room getting ready for the final tomorrow. It's a good thing I only have one more match because I only have one more clean outfit to wear!
I am really excited for tomorrow and look forward to a great match! Trice and Brooke will be playing Asia and Lauren in the doubles final tomorrow, so it is a guaranteed sweep for the Americans in the girls' 18s division!
Entry No. 6 - Friday, Dec. 12:
Today I played my quarterfinal round against Trice Capra. We had a great match, and I won, 7-5, 6-0. I think we both played well, and the first set was really close. I stayed focused throughout the match and kept with my game plan, so I am happy I came out with the win.
After my match, I did my cool down and stretch and had lunch at the site. Brooke Bolender and I did a fun video interview for juniortennis.com. Brooke was a very good interviewer. Maybe she has a future career in broadcasting after tennis!
I watched some of the doubles matches in the afternoon and cheered for my friends. I had a light hit with my coach, and now I am in the hotel room resting up.
Tomorrow will be an all-American semifinal in the girls' 18s, which is pretty exciting. My friend, Ashley Weinhold, is on a marathon tournament trip in Spain... so good luck Ashley in your semis tomorrow!
Entry No. 5 - Thursday, Dec. 11:
It was a wet Thursday afternoon here at Key Biscayne. Fortunately, I was able to finish my singles match 10 minutes before the rain came.
I had a great match against my doubles partner Allison Riske. It was very close with many great points, and I think both of us played well. I won, 6-4, 7-5, in the windy and overcast conditions.
I am struggling a little bit with a stomach bug, so I am going to keep this short and rest up.
Entry No. 4 - Wednesday, Dec. 10:
Today was a trying day for me. I played Katerina Pallivets from Canada, and I won, 4-6, 6-2, 6-0, but it wasn't without some ups and downs in that I didn't feel 100%. She played aggressively and came up with some great shots. One of my favorites was when she hit an underhand serve.
There were also some interesting outburts regarding line calls. It took some willpower to overcome the jitters and my stomach ache, but I stayed with it and came out with the win.
The weather was definitely warmer and more humid today, so I tried to hydrate well before my doubles. Allison and I had a great doubles match against Brooke Bolender and Trice Capra. We lost, 10-8, in the third set tiebreaker, and I have to give them credit for their high energy and come ons.
All in all, this was another good day for the Americans, as there were a lot of hard-fought matches. Over dinner, Trice told me about her match, where she came back from match points behind to win! Now I am resting in the hotel room and getting ready for tomorrow.
Entry No. 3 - Tuesday, Dec. 9:
All the girls' 18s matches had an early start today at 8 a.m. It was another great day for the American girls, as most all of them advanced to the second round. I was among the lucky ones who could sleep in because I played yesterday.
This morning I went over to the site and did some fitness on the grass courts since I had the day off from singles. My USTA trainer, Satoshi, was down here today from Boca, so I got a good workout in. Since all the practice courts were taken, I hit some serves on the clay afterwards just to get in some extra practice.
Asia and I were really looking forward to our lunch at Chicken Kitchen, our favorite lunch spot on Key Biscayne, but when we got there we saw that it shut down! We were very disapponted and went in search of somewhere else to eat, and luckily we found a good sandwich place on the key.
In the afternoon, Allison and I had a hit on the stadium court to warm up for our doubles. We played two girls from Russia, and we won, 6-2, 2-6, 10-2! We played a great first set and let down a bit in the second, but we found some good energy in the tiebreaker and played smarter to close out the match. After the match, I headed back to the hotel, where I had dinner with my friend Trice. I am ending my day with my favorite -- an ice bath. Yikes!
Entry No. 2 - Monday, Dec. 8:
The tournament is off to a good start. We are playing on purple and green courts, since those are the colors of the Sony Ericsson Open, which is played here in Key Biscayne, as well.
Today I played my first-round match against Valeria Solovieva from Russia. I won, 6-4, 6-3, but it was close, and we both played a good match. I did a good job of sticking to my game plan, and I am happy I came out with the win in straight sets. Most of my friends who played today won, too, so it was a succesful day for the Americans!
I had dinner at the hotel with my mom and Asia, and now I am just resting up. I don't play singles tomorrow because they only played half the draw today, but Allison and I will play our first round of doubles in the afternoon. Hopefully I will have more good news to report tomorrow!
Entry No. 1 - Sunday, Dec. 7:
My name is Julia Boserup, and I will be writing a blog this week from the Orange Bowl. It has always been one of my favorite tournaments, so I am excited to compete here again this week!
I train in Boca Raton, Fla., at the USTA training center, and I drove down to Miami today with my friend Asia. I signed in this afternoon, and it was fun to see the familiar faces of the USTA staff from Boca running the tournament, as well as my friends from all over the world.
After checking in, I had a hit with my doubles partner, Allison Riske. I just had dinner at the player party, which was set up at our hotel, and the food was great! I didn't stay too long, though, because I have to rest up for tomorrow. I am playing in the 18s, and main draw starts tomorrow, so I am waiting for the schedule to be released to find out who and when I play.