Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Victoria Duval loses in USTA Australian Open play-off finals

NORCROSS, GA, USA - Young American Sachia Vickery came through a packed field at the Australian Open Wildcard Play-off event in Norcross, Georgia on the weekend, battling past three of her countrywomen - including Victoria Duval in the final - to secure her spot in the main draw.

Unseeded in the eight-woman draw, Vickery had to battle past three seeds en route to the title - No.2 seed Madison Brengle in the quarterfinals, 46 64 63, No.3 seed Grace Min in the semifinals, 63 67(3) 64, and finally No.4 seed Duval - one of the breakthrough stars of the US Open - in the final, 62 63.

That final performance was Vickery's best performance of the weekend, but it was not a cakewalk.

"I wanted to start off more aggressive and take control of the points more, and I also wanted to stay calm mentally, which was my biggest thing today," Vickery said. "But there were nerves through the whole match, from the first point to the last point. There wasn't one point where I was completely calm.

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