Recently, the IMG Academy Bollettieri Tennis program's Rafaella Baquerizo (pictured left with trophy) recorded a big win at the Grade 3 ITF Patuju Junior Open, held Nov. 5-9 in Santa Cruz, Bolivia. Baquerizo was all but unstoppable on her way to the singles title, making it through the event without dropping a single set. In the final, Baquerizo sent Great Britain's Katie Swan home after a 6-1, 6-3 shelling.
After the event, Baquerizo's coach, Margie Zesinger, said, "Rafaella is a player that thrives off of competition and tournament play. She loves to compete."
Since enrolling at IMG Academy during the summer, Baquerizo is thriving. In July, Baquerizo was ranked No. 173 ITF, and has since elevated her standing more than 60 spots to No. 111 ITF.