Sachia Vickery wins the ITF Grade 1 Copa del Cafe in Costa...

Sachia Vickery wins the ITF Grade 1 Copa del Cafe in Costa Rica

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BY COLETTE LEWIS  

. Vickery, the No. 5 seed, beat No. 3 seed Christina Makarova 7-5, 6-1.

Vickery, who received a walkover into the final from Sweden’s Rebecca Peterson, the No. 8 seed, dominated throughout the tournament, recording two double-bagel wins, and, until the final, didn’t surrender more than three games in any other set.

She and Makarova played a close first set, with many long points. Makarova excels in counterpunching and misses very little, and while Vickery plays more aggressively most of the time, she was content to rally with Makarova throughout the lengthy first set. Vickery took control in the second set and it resulted in her first ITF junior tournament title since back in 2008, when, as a 13-year-old, she won two Grade 4s and a Grade 5. Vickery is heading to Australia, where she recently moved up to the main draw of the Australian Open Junior Championships. She is also entered in the Grade 1 Loy Yang Traralgon, the warmup for the Australian Open Juniors, which begins next Sunday.