Saturday, August 17, 2013

Defending Champ Victoria Duval loses to Brooke Austin in 2013 USTA Girls’ 18s quarterfinals

San Diego, Calif. – (August 9, 2013) – A year ago, Haitian tennis star Victoria Duval of Bradenton, Fla. captured the USTA Girls’ National Championship. During her title run, she defeated Brooke Austin of Indianapolis, Ind. in a tough three-set semifinal match.

On Friday afternoon, in a re-match between 17-year-olds, Duval, seeded No. 3, met the sixth-seeded Austin in the Girls’ 18s quarterfinals at the Barnes Tennis Center. This time it was Austin’s turn to advance as she ousted the defending champion with a hard-fought 6-3, 4-6, 6-0 victory, which took two hours and 10 minutes.
“It’s a great feeling. Last year I lost to her and I was up 4-1 in the third set,” Austin said. “She’s a really good player. I know her really well. We’re good friends. It was a tough match to play. It was a good one.”

When asked if she was thinking of the US Open wild card that is award to the Girls’ 18s champion, Austin said, “Obviously it’s a big deal in this tournament, so I’m trying not to think about it, but (yes), it would be pretty cool to get it.”

In other Girls’ 18s Quarterfinal action, top-seeded Sachia Vickery of Miramar, Fla., second-seeded Allie Kiick of Plantation, Fla., and fourth-seeded Taylor Townsend of Boca Raton, Fla. all advanced to the Saturday’s semifinals with straight-set victories.

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