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U.S. girls capture World Junior Tennis title

August 11, 2013 09:17 AM
CiCi Bellis went a perfect 8-0 in singles and doubles and did not drop a set in singles during the competition.
After a two-year absence, the U.S. girls are back on top of the world. And the U.S. boys nearly joined them there.
Fourteen-year-old CiCi Bellis of Atherton, Calif.; 14-year-old Michaela Gordon of Los Altos Hills, Calif.; and 13-year-old Claire Liu of Thousand Oaks, Calif., teamed together to capture the World Junior Tennis girls’ title for the United States Saturday, defeating Russia, 2-0, in the final of the premier 14-and-under world team competition held in Prostejov, Czech Republic.

The win gave the U.S. its sixth World Junior Tennis girls’ title since the competition launched in 1991 – more than any nation – and its first since winning four straight championships from 2007 to 2010.
Bellis and Liu both won their singles matches against No. 2 seed Russia to clinch the win for Team USA. Bellis had an outstanding competition overall; she went 8-0 in singles and doubles play over five team matches and didn’t lose a set in singles all week.

Seeded fifth, the U.S. team defeated Italy, Great Britain and Australia, all by 3-0 scores, in group play and knocked off top-seeded Czech Republic, 2-1, in Friday’s semifinals.
The U.S. boys' team of Patrick Kypson, 13, from Greenville, N.C.; Sam Riffice, 14, from Roseville, Calif.; and Gianni Ross, 14, from Burr Ridge, Ill., attempted to win back-to-back World Junior Tennis boys’ titles for the first time in a decade but finished second, falling narrowly to Russia, 2-1, in Saturday’s final.
Sixteen nations competed in each World Junior Tennis final, first in round-robin groups, then in a knockout bracket, beginning with the semifinals.
Click here for full results from the competition.
And to get started in tennis or to find a youth tennis program or facility near you, please visit YouthTennis.com.


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