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Vickery, Kiick to play for Girls' 18s National Championship

August 11, 2013 09:17 AM
Alexandra Kiick in action.
Sachia Vickery will make her Australian Open debut in January.
By J. Fred Sidhu, special to USTA.com
San Diego, Calif. – After an exciting day of semifinal action at the Barnes Tennis Center, the stage has been set for Sunday’s singles final at the USTA Girls’ 18s National Championship, where a wild card into the women’s main draw of the US Open awaits the winner.
On a cool Saturday morning under mostly sunny skies, second-seeded Alexandra Kiick of Plantation, Fla., defeated fourth-seeded Taylor Townsend of Boca Raton, Fla., 1-6, 6-4, 6-1. In the day’s second semifinal, top-seeded Sachia Vickery of Miramar, Fla., continued her strong tournament run as she overpowered sixth-seeded Brooke Austin of Indianapolis, Ind., 6-1, 6-3.
Sunday’s final, which will begin not before 11:30 a.m. (PDT) on Stadium Court, will feature two players who are ranked in the Top 300 in the WTA Tour rankings. Vickery is ranked No. 230 and Kiick sits at No. 297.
"It’s going to be tough. Obviously we’re really good friends," Kiick said. "We just basically said, ‘May the best person win tomorrow.’ It’s going to be a great experience for both of us, whoever wins or loses."
Following their semifinal singles victories, Vickery and Kiick teamed to win the girls’ 18s doubles title on Saturday afternoon. The second seeds knocked off the top-seeded team of Townsend and Gabrielle Andrews, of Pomona, Calif., 6-3, 6-4, to win the title and a wild card into the women’s doubles main draw at the 2013 US Open. Townsend and Andrews won the US Open girls' doubles title a year ago.
One year made all the difference for 16-year-old Katerina Stewart of Miami. Last year, she lost in the girls’ 16s final, but on Saturday, the second-seeded Stewart captured the USTA Girls’ 16 singles championship with a 6-4, 6-1 victory over top-seeded Ena Shibahara of Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif.
In addition to being awarded a USTA Gold Ball for winning the USTA Girls’ 16s singles title, Stewart also earned a wild card into the US Open girls’ singles competition.
Tournament officials named Megan McCray of Oceanside, Calif., as the Babolat Player of the Day. The 18-year-old local player, who was seeded No. 33, reached the fourth round of the main draw before dropping a hard-fought 6-4, 6-2 decision to Vickery. McCray then entered the consolation draw where she reached Sunday’s consolation final.
The award, which is presented to a player each day of the event, is based equally on competitive achievement and sportsmanship.
Nearly 400 girls ages 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 (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.
Spectator admission and on-site parking at the Barnes Tennis Center is free.
For Sunday’s full order of play, click here.
To view the complete tournament draws, click here.
USTA Girls’ 16s & 18s National Championships
Barnes Tennis Center
San Diego, Calif.
Surface: Hard Court
Saturday’s Results
Girl's 16s Singles
Katerina Stewart (2), Miami, Fla., def. Ena Shibahara (1), Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif., 6-4, 6-1
Third / Fourth Place
Raveena Kingsley (17), Fulton, Md., def. Sofia Kenin (17), Pembroke Pines, Fla., 6-4; 6-1
Girl's 18s Singles
Sachia Vickery (1), Miramar, Fla., def. Brooke Austin (6), Indianapolis, Ind., 6-1, 6-3
Alexandra Kiick (2), Plantation, Fla., def. Taylor Townsend (4), Boca Raton, Fla., 1-6, 6-4, 6-1
Girl's 18s Doubles
Alexandra Kiick, Plantation, Fla., and Sachia Vickery (2), Miramar, Fla., def. Gabrielle Andrews, Pomona, Calif., and Taylor Townsend (1), Boca Raton, Fla., 6-3, 6-4
For complete scores and results, click here.
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