28 Apr Sophia Edwards Wins Longines Cup. Going to Paris!
LONGINES CUP hosted by the City of Delray Beach presented
Sunday’s championship match told the story of our ‘American in Paris’
April 28, 2014 Contact: John Butler, (561) 350-6795, JButler@YellowTennisBall.com
Delray Beach, FL—More than 300,000 people turned out for the 2014 Longines Cup…and the Delray Affair. While junior tennis starlets made the annual pilgrimage to the Delray Beach’s fabled Stadium & Tennis Center for tennis glory, the masses descended on Rand McNally and USA Today’s “Most Fun Small Town” for the largest arts and crafts festival in the southeast U.S., a dazzling backdrop for the creativity and flair of the tournament’s players.
Where tennis was on display at the Longines Cup hosted by City of Delray Beach presented , the final match-up was between two brilliant young ballers, both undefeated through the round-robin series of matches, but it was a field of modern-day lil people that proved with every shot that 12-year old girls were ready to play with the big boys. Winners to end grinding rallies and swinging volleys to put a point away were the new norm and a treat for the fans and media in attendance, everyone taken aback with every stroke.
Kudos to all eight competitors for achieving a level of ability just to gain entry into this unique and glamorous event. Congratulations to 10-year old Gabriella Price (Montebello, NY), that’s right, 10-year old Gabby, the nation’s #2 player in the Girls 12’s, who came just short in the final but showed a new level of tennis that will dominate the coming years. And a bow to champion Sophia Edwards (Sarasota, FL). A warrior who fought the demons of losing last year’s championship on the very same court, who was down early in the first set this year, but who stayed the course and allowed her matured game to come together and take her to a most fitting title, AND who U.S. tennis deserves to have represent the ‘stars and stripes’ in Paris this summer playing for the title of Longines Future Aces and financing for her tennis equipment until her 16th birthday, courtesy of Longines, all thanks to her win. We know you’ll make us proud, Sophia. Vive Sophia!
Below are the final results from the weekend’s matches. Please tune in to CSS on Saturday, May 10, 12:30pm for the televised highlight program for the 2014 Longines Cup hosted by City of Delray Beach presented .
- US Open Group: Sophia Edwards (3-0; Sarasota, FL); Victoria Hu (2-1; Northborough, MA), Charlotte Owensby (1-2; Boca Raton, FL), Emily Callahan (0-3; Chicago, IL)
- French Open Group: Gabriela Price (3-0; Montebello, NY), Chidimma Okpara (2-1; McLean, VA), Lauren Anzalotta (1-2; Trujillo Alto, Puerto Rico), Jamilah Snells (0-3; Ft. Lauderdale, FL)
Saturday, April 26 Match Results
- 8:30am, U.S. Open Group: Sophia Edwards def. Emily Callahan (6-0, 6-0); Victoria Hu def. Charlotte Owensby (4-6, 6-3, 10-8)
- 8:30am, French Open Group: Gabriela Price def. Jamilah Snells (6-2, 6-3); Chidimma Okpara def. Lauren Anzalotta (7-5, 6-1) (French Open Group)
- Noon, U.S. Open Group: Sophia Edwards def. Victoria Hu (6-4, 6-0); Charlotte Owensby def. Emily Callahan (6-1, 6-3)
- Noon, French Open Group: Gabriela Price def. Chidimma Okpara (6-0, 6-1); Lauren Anzalotta def. Jamilah Snells (6-4, 6-4)
- 3:30pm, U.S. Open Group: Sophia Edwards def. Charlotte Owensby (6-1, 6-1); Victoria Hu def. Emily Callahan (6-2, 6-4)
- 3:30pm, French open Group: Gabriela Price def. Lauren Anzalotta (6-0, 6-3); Chidimma Okpara def. Jamilah Snells (6-2, 6-4)
Sunday, April 27 Match Result
- 10:00am, Sophia Edwards (U.S. Open Group) def. Gabriela Price (French Open Group) 6-4, 6-2
Complete tournament information can be found at the following:
For further information, please call John Butler at 561-350-6795.
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