NORCROSS, Ga., – Sachia Vickery won the US Australian Open Tennis wildcard playoff yesterday 6-2, 6-3, beating good friend Victoria Duval.
Vickery, who is of Guyanese parentage but born in the US, defeated American Duval comfortably in straight games.
With a wildcard to the 2014 Australian Open on the line in Norcross, Georgia last weekend, it was all about “opportunity.” An opportunity to play in one of tennis’ majors and get some serious momentum going with 2014 just around the corner, Sachia Vickery saw that opportunity and took it, demolishing Duval.
Vickery outlasted Grace Min 6-3, 6-7, 6-4 in Min’s hometown on Saturday and moved into Sunday’s women’s final. The 2013 USTA Girls’ 18 national champ was clicking on all cylinders during a first set where Min did not have an answer for Vickery’s power. Min took the second set after almost blowing a 4-0 lead to make it go three.
Vickery said it was a difficult match. “I’m used to playing longer rally’s and longer points,” explained Vickery about some of the mistakes she made during the match. “You can just try to do your best and not think too much about what they know about your game.”
Vickery used her backhand to close out the match and she says it’s one of her favorite shots, especially the high backhand. “I think it is because I’m not as big as other girls… I use it to get back into points.”
Duval fought off a big comeback from top-seeded Shelby Roger to take the win 6-4, 7-5.
Vickery has now taken a 2-0 record over Duval in professional matches with yesterday’s win.
Tennis fans around the world got to know Duval thanks to her first-round upset of 2011 US Open champion Samantha Stosur at Flushing Meadows. Packaged with her remarkable back-story and infectious personality, Duval became a sensation overnight.
Vickery, meanwhile, quietly advanced to the US Open’s second round, beating Mirjana Lucic-Baroni in straight sets. She’s now ranked No. 195, compared to Duval’s No. 168. (Reporting from the Examiner.com)
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