12 May US Juniors Come Up Strong in Delray Against International ITF Field
DELRAY BEACH ITF hosted by the City of Delray Beach presented
U.S. players close out a field of international stars in week’s climactic matches
May 12, 2014 Contact: John Butler, (561) 350-6795, JButler@YellowTennisBall.com
Delray Beach, FL—It was a weekend that saw streaks come to an end – Jordan Spieth’s run of 58 consecutive holes without a bogie at the Players Championship, the Miami Heat’s six straight playoff games without a loss and now Miomir Kecmanovic’s run of three straight ITF tennis titles…Poof! The loss hardly denotes a head-hanging moment for the 14-year old Serbian star as he went toe-to-toe with a player two years his senior and who, of greater significance, had revenge on his mind. For boys champion Alfredo Perez (USA), the sting from his loss in the final of the Coral Gables ITF a week earlier was still raw. A titanic 3-set mêlée that saw Kecmanovic raising the trophy. In the Delray Beach final, Perez must’ve felt he was experiencing déjà vu as he won the first set by the same 6-4 score and found himself in a battle in the second. The difference this time being his ability to close out the final break of serve and take it 7-5 and hoist the trophy. The win gave Perez a 9-1 record in ITF events this year, with his only loss being the one to Kecmanovic the week before.
In the girls’ event, the All-American final assured local tennis fans that U.S. tennis would prevail in both the boys’ and girls’ draws. On paper it looked like we could write-in the winner as top seed Mia Horvit (USA) had lost just a single set on her way to the final. Across the net was unseeded Katharine Fahey (USA). With an easy 6-2 first set under her belt, #1 Horvit must’ve felt like her #1,129th ITF-ranked opponent was finally cracking and OK calling her week a success. Well, her week was a success, a championship success. It was Fahey who fought to even the match, turning things around 6-1 in the second set and closing out the match 6-2 in the third. Fahey’s win vaults her ITF record to 9-2 on the year…and surely the opportunity to kiss that 4-digit ranking goodbye.
Complete scores were as follows:
- Boys 18 & Under: Alfredo Perez (USA) d Miomir Kecmanovic (SRB), 6-4, 7-5
- Girls 18 & Under: Katharine Fahey (USA) d Mia Horvit (USA), 2-6, 6-1, 6-2
For complete draws and previous results, please visit: http://yellowtennisball.com/delray-beach-itf/. For further information, including media needs, please call John Butler at 561-350-6795.
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