Sachia Vickery’s run to the semis of the Orange Bowl

Sachia Vickery’s run to the semis of the Orange Bowl

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16-year-old wild card Sachia Vickery survived losing the first set to unseeded Varvara Flink of Russia, before closing out a tight match 26 62 76, to book her place in the semifinals.

It was a tense and nervous quarterfinal encounter in which the young American player wasted two opportunities to serve for the match at 5-4 and 6-5 in the decisive set.

“It was a very important match for me, so I felt a bit nervous on the ground” said Vickery. “From the beginning of the second set I decided to changed my strategy and I was able to come back from a set down, just as I did on Thursday against Maciejewska” added the determined teenager.

Vickery – who trains at the Mouratoglou Academy and was mentored by Richard Williams, father of Venus and Serena – is aiming to follow in the footsteps of her compatriot Lauren Davis, the 2010 Orange Bowl champion.