Sachia Vickery of the USA defeated Christina Makarova of the USA 7-6, 6-1 to claim the 48th Copa del Café U-18 tennis title on Friday in Costa Rica.
In the girls draw, Rebecca Peterson of Sweden bested the Russian Daria Salnikova 7-6, 6-2, while the strong Vickery, who is of Guyanese roots, defeated Alejandra Cisneros of Mexico by a resounding 6-0, 6-0. Vickery got to the final after Peterson had to withdraw due to injury.
In the lower half of the draw, Makarova dispatched fellow American June Lee 6-2, 6-0, before beating another American Jennifer Brady, who dominated Georgina Sellyn of Great Britain 6-2, 6-2.
Vickery has been impressing the international world with her tenacious mode of play. Many have said she is a young Serena Williams in the making. She has also like Serena and Venus Williams enjoyed a training stint under their father Richard.
Her mother, Paula Liverpool, formerly of Kwakwani on the Berbice River, has made many sacrifices to facilitate the career of Sachia which are now paying off with her daughter rising to be among the top junior players in the United States and the world. She is expected to make her mark whenever she graduates to the senior ranks once she maintains her current growth pattern.
In other results from the tournament, Connor Farren of USA seeded 5 and ranked 61 bested Christian Garin of Chile, unseeded and ranked 180, in two sets 6-4, 6-2. The Chilean played well throughout the tournament and at 16 years may be back next year. Farren will “graduate” next year out of the juniors.
Garin got by Adrian Obert of Germany in a tough three setter with a score of 1-6, 7-6(4), 6-3, while Farren squeaked past the tough Vasco Mensurado of Portugal in a third set tiebreak, 6-1, 4-6, 7-6(5).
In the other half of the draw both players won in straight sets.
The Greek Markos Kalovelonis beat his roommate Trey Strobel who is also the son of his coach, by the score 6-3, 6-3. Noah Rubin of USA dispatched Juan Ignacio Galarda of Argentina in a battle of unseeded players.
Rubin and Kalovelonis met for a place in the final.
The “Copa del Cafè” (Coffee Bowl) is and has been one of the best junior tennis tournaments in the world.
The Coffee Bowl is part of a junior circuit backed by the International Tennis Federation and supported by the tennis federations of many tennis rich countries. The tournament is by far the oldest junior tournament in Latin America and every year the Coffee Bowl receives entries from more than 40 countries. Their record was 48 countries, achieved in 2008.
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