Sachia Vickery a rising phenom bounces to the tune of her own racquet



by GALE MOORMAN

Sachia Vickery a rising phenom bounces to the tune of her own racquet

Sachia Vickery is usually comfortable playing in Futures and Challenger tournaments with the ITF (International Tennis Federation) and really going about her participation in tennis unknown to the general public. But getting a wild card into the 2017 U.S.

Open ranked supreme and she was anxious to see how she'd fare with players ranked higher and more experienced than herself. By being at The Open, she became more of a vision to the public and it helped that the opening round she defeated an American tennis comrade Jamie Loeb in straight sets 6-3, 6-4 and went on to round two, overpowering Russia's Natalia Vikhlyantseva.

It was a difficult match where the Russian got the best of Vickery and she lost the first set 4-6. But being defiant and pumping her game up another notch, Vickery fought and won the next two sets 6-4, 6-1 to win the round.

The second round, her opponent was another Russian and phenom Sofia Kenin. It was a very competitive round where Vickery lost the first set 3-6 and bounced back to win the 2nd at 6-4. Kenin was too aggressive for the Guyanese and she'd lose the third set and tiebreaker 6-7 being defeated in the round taking her out of the U.S.

Open. Vickery's love of the game made her turn pro in 2011 and by 2013 she had won the USTA National Junior Championships. The same year she was given a wildcard to enter in the main draw of the 2013 US Open in women's singles which was an honor and her first time being at a Grand Slam event.

She defeated Mirjana Lucic 6-4, 6-4 but lost the 2nd round to a qualifier Julia Glushko 5-7, 3-6. All through the season, Vickery depends on other tournaments to complete her experience in perfecting her game and was fortunate enough to make two quarterfinals one being at theBank of the West at Stanford and the other at Nottingham giving her the experience necessary to continue her climb up the WTA rankings, be it through the ITF Futures and Challenger tournaments or through the sanctioned WTA events themselves.

Even though Sachia Vickery is ranked in the 100s, she consistently makes her appearnces in the grand slams and in 2014 entered the Australian Open with the traditional tennis acceptance of a wild card. She had lost her opening round to the American Lauren Davis, but that didn't discourage Vickery because she continues to get her experience by being in the game and learning as she goes along.

In 2015 she qualified for the main draw of Wimbledon and faced world number eight Ekaterina Makarova in the first round, this being her third main draw appearance at a grand slam. But the same year she did win her first two ITF circuit events one, at Plantation, Florida where she defeated Samantha Crawford, another American in straight sets and the other at Surprise, Arizona winning over the Spaniard Lara Arruabarrena-Vecino and then went on to qualify for the main draw at Roland Garros, this being her fourth main draw appearance at a grand slam.

Sachia Vickery's appearance may have only went to the second round at the US Open but she began to get her experience over in Canada where she is appearing at the Tournoi de Quebec, a WTA International tournament happening in Quebec since 1993.

The first round Vickery duelled with her American comrade Taylor Townsend winning in straight sets. The doubles game is also the other of Vickery's forte and she's to play doubles in the Quebec tournament with Anna Tatishvili.

Even though Vickery has won two ITF singles and doubles titles she is still playing a gritty game to win her first WTA title and says"...Everytime I go on the court, my mentality is fight, fight!" She knows that without the determination and perseverance nothing can be accomplished and plus playing professional tennis is not only her livelihood and a skill, but it is something that she loved as a child and will continue playing acquiring skills, friends and titles along the way.

Sachia Vickery