1
1
1

Vickery Secures US Open Wildcard

Sachia Vickery defeated doubles partner Allie Kiick to win the USTA Girls National Championships on Sunday and secure a main draw berth at Flushing Meadows in the process.

Published August 13, 2013 12:00

Vickery Secures US Open Wildcard
Sachia Vickery

SAN DIEGO, USA - Sachia Vickery secured her place at this year's US Open after winning the USTA Girls' 18s National Championships on Sunday.

The USTA has traditionally awarded one of its eight main draw wildcards to the winner of the national junior title, which Vickery captured for the first time with a 46 62 60 victory over Allie Kiick.

"It feels unbelievable. It hasn't sunk in that I'm going to be playing at the US Open," Vickery said. "It's been my dream since I started playing tennis. I can't even put it into words how happy I am."

Vickery, who has never appeared in the main draw of a WTA event and is currently ranked No.229, made a tentative start to the final, struggling to assert herself in the breezy conditions. However, the loss of the first set appeared to liberate the 18-year-old and she raced through the final two sets in under an hour.

"The first set was a lot of nerves. My shot selection wasn't good and I was going for too much. I was letting her dictate on the bigger points," she said. "The difference between that and the last two sets was being more aggressive and going for my shots."

Twenty-four hours earlier Kiick and Vickery had been on the same side of the net, teaming up to defeat Taylor Townsend and Gabby Andrews for the doubles title and earning a spot in the US Open women's doubles main draw in the process.

Share this page!

Related news

  • Watch Live: The AO Wildcard Play-Off

    December 17, 2014
    A slew of Australia's biggest stars are battling it out at the Australian Open Wildcard Play-Off this week. Watch highlights and the live stream right here!
  • Serena & Li Among espnW's Impact 25

    December 16, 2014
    espnW has named three of the WTA's biggest names to its inaugural Impact 25 list, which honors athletes and influencers in women's sports. Watch the video here!
  • Serena Runs The Ultimate Run

    December 15, 2014
    The first annual Serena Williams Ultimate Run took place in Miami on Sunday, with the World No.1 herself among the runners. How did she do? Find out right here!
To The Top
3